He is orphan early and has a difficult youth. Although autodidact, his culture does not limit himself to theatrical knowledge, but extends to many fields of a moral nature, social, artistic and philosophical.
First price of comedy to the Conservatory National of Paris (Jules Truffier raises), it is engaged with the Comédie-Française and made there its beginnings in Miserly the. Promised very young person with brilliant future in the house of Molière, it voluntarily gives up two years later this career to follow its true vocation, being devoted exclusively to dramatic pedagogy, sacrificing with enthusiasm its own glory to that of the others , following the formula of his friend Marcel Pagnol.
In 1937, on the authorities of Louis Jouvet, it is named professor with the National Academy of dramatic art of Paris, where it teaches until his retirement, in 1968. It is Antoine Vitez which succeeds to him.
Its private course, the Simon Course formed several generations of actors since 1925. Very many, they enrich by their talent the most various scenes: Private national theaters, Theaters, Regional Dramatic Centers, Varieties, Cabarets, Theater workshops, as well as the cinema and television. Since 1971, Rosine Margat perpetuates since the tradition founded by Rene Simon in his course.
It had a son célêbre, Fabrice, of his true name François Fabrice Simon-Bessy, born on August 20th, 1941, and of which its famous on RTL is not any more to make.
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