Pierre Étaix (23 November 1928 – 14 October 2016) was a French clown, comedian, and filmmaker. Étaix made a series of short- and feature-length films, many of them co-written by influential screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. He won an Academy Award for best live-action short film in 1963. Due to a legal dispute with a distribution company, his films were unavailable from the 1970s until 2009.
As an actor, assistant director, and gag writer, Étaix worked with the likes of Jacques Tati, Robert Bresson, Nagisa Oshima, Otar Iosseliani, and Jerry Lewis, the last of whom cast the comedian in his unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried.