Actor Palle Huld, Said To Be The Real-Life Tintin, Dies At 98

Palle Huld won’t see Steven Spielberg bring Tintin to life on the big screen later this month: The Danish actor whom Belgian author and cartoonist Georges Remi (known better as Hergé) based his globe-trotting reporter on died late last month at age 98 in a Copenhagen retirement home. In addition to making some 40 films, Huld embarked on an around-the-world journey as a teen after winning a newspaper contest to recreate the circumnavigational voyage of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. It’s unclear whether Hergé also based his character’s sexuality on Huld.

Interestingly, notes the Times: “Tintin historians (and there are many) have posited various sources for Hergé’s hero, including Palle Huld. Mr. Huld seemed to credit the connection, but Hergé was not forthcoming on the subject, and Pierre Assouline, the author of “Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin,” published in English last year, said in an e-mail to The Times that he had never heard of Mr. Huld.”