Jacques Tati was first seen on-screen in the 1932 short film ‘Oscar, champion de tennis’ where he played the role of ‘Oscar.’ He went on to write and star in short films like ‘On demande une brute’ (1934), ‘Gai dimanche!’ (1935), ‘Soigne ton gauche’ (1936), and ‘Retour à la terre’ (1938). In 1946, he made his first feature film appearance in the French comedy film ‘Sylvie et le fantôme,’ directed by Claude Autant-Lara. Tati played the role of ‘The Ghost of Alain de Francigny’ in the film. He next played the role of a postman in the 1947 French short comedy film ‘School for Postmen.’ He was also the director of the film. In 1947, he starred in the French romantic drama film ‘Le diable au corps,’ directed by Claude Autant-Lara. He next wrote and directed the 1949 French comedy film ‘Jour de fête’ where he also played the role of ‘François.’ The film came to be regarded as one of the most popular French films of all time.
In 1953, he wrote and directed the French comedy film ‘Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot.’ The film was a major commercial success and also won Tati an Academy Award nomination for Best Story and Screenplay (shared with Henri Marquet).
In 1958, he wrote, directed, and produced the comedy film ‘Mon Oncle.’ The film received mostly positive reviews from critics and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He next wrote and directed films like ‘Play Time’ (1967), ‘Cours du soir’ (1967), ‘Trafic’ (1971), and ‘Parade’ (1974).
He last directed the 1976 short documentary film ‘Forza Bastia.’ The 2010 animated film ‘The Illusionist,’ directed by Sylvain Chomet, was inspired by an unproduced script of Tati.