Charles Brunier

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Brunier was born in Paris back in 1901. I do not have any information on Charles until 1918 when he was wounded in action while serving in Syria. He received the Croix de Guerre for saving a lieutenant’s life during WWI.

In 1923, he was convicted of murder and armed robbery sent to a penal colony off the coast of French Guiana. He escaped to Mexico when WWII started where he joined the Free French Forces serving as a fighter pilot. He saw action in the Battle of the Caribbean for two years before transferring to the infantry. He served under Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque and Charles de Gaulle who personally decorated him.

What you may not know about Charles is that after the war he was imprisoned again but released due in recognition of his service to his country. He moved into an old people’s home in 1992, where he lived until his death in 2007, he was 105 years young. If you’ve seen the movie Papillon, well that movie was based on Charles.

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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I never saw the film but after reading this I want to see it.

Apr 25, 2019 03:12 AM #1
Donald Urschalitz
One World Realty Inc. - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was a great movie, I watched it several times.

Apr 25, 2019 04:00 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

It was a great movie.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 25, 2019 04:58 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Charles was an interesting character. Never knew about him! Enjoy your day!

Apr 25, 2019 05:34 AM #4
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 That was a very interesting life that Charles lead. I’m so glad he got to live to 105 years old James Dray 

Apr 25, 2019 06:40 AM #5
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have not seen that movie, but living to be 105 years of age is quite an accomplishment and it sounds like his service benefited him later.

Apr 25, 2019 06:45 AM #6
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray in and out of prisons and decorated in between incarcerations.... what a life!

Apr 25, 2019 07:19 AM #7
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I had not seen the movie James Dray but I may pick it up if I see it at the thrift store.

Apr 25, 2019 07:29 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - that is an interesting story.  I need to read up on this.

Apr 25, 2019 09:25 AM #9
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thanks for sharing this tidbit of info. I knew that the movie was based on real events and persons, thank you for telling us who. 


Apr 25, 2019 09:30 AM #10
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - quite an adventure.  I can see why his life was movie-worthy. 

Apr 25, 2019 10:19 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - I learned something new today.  I checked both trailers for Papillion and may watch both movies to compare. 

Apr 25, 2019 12:23 PM #12
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, after reading the history of Charles Brunier, I am really interested in seeing the movie, Papillon.

Apr 25, 2019 12:26 PM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What an interesting story you shared with us, and I think I am the only here who does not want to see the movie...A

Apr 25, 2019 12:29 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

That was a great redemption story James. Charles certainly made the most of his long life.

Apr 25, 2019 02:29 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I do remember seeing the movie starring Steve McQueen and now I know the rest of the story. 

Apr 25, 2019 03:08 PM #16
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I had a feeling that it would be a person who life was used for that movie.

Apr 26, 2019 06:19 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

Charles certainly lived an interesting, and long, life I never saw the movie but no doubt it's an intriguing one!


Apr 27, 2019 04:41 PM #18
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

They are soldiers of fortune looking for actions. In peaceful time they are behind the bars. In war time they excell. Criminals are the best soldiers in war time.

Apr 28, 2019 08:20 AM #19
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