Eddie Constantine

Actor, Singer, Novelist
Iconic American-born actor and singer of international films from the 1950s. Born in L.A. to Russian immigrant parents, Constantine studied voice in Vienna. He returned to the USA where his singing career wavered and he ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1917 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven 2014 (Movie)

Fabrizzi Jr (Actor)

In and Out of Fashion 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Germany Year 90 Nine Zero 1995 (Movie)

Lemmy Caution (Actor)

Zentropa 1992 (Movie)

Colonel Harris (Actor)

Beware of a Holy Whore 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Die Dritte Generation 1989 (Movie)

Peter Lenz (Actor)

Europa, abends 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long 1988 (Movie)

Older Henchman (Actor)

Makaroni Blues 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Seifenblasen 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Schnuffler 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Paul Chevrolet en de ultieme hallucinatie 1984 (Movie)

Boy Pappa-Gangster (Actor)

Fluchtpunk Berlin 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

La Bete Noire 1982 (Movie)

Bar Owner (Actor)

Boxoffice 1981 (Movie)

Hugh Barren (Actor)

Tango Durch Deutschland 1979 (Movie)

Lemmy Caution (Actor)

The Long Good Friday 1979 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Bildnis einer Trinkerin 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

It's Alive 2 1977 (Movie)

Dr Forest (Actor)

Bloedverwanten 1976 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Le Couple Temoin 1976 (Movie)

Goldberg (Actor)

Souvenir de Gibraltar 1974 (Movie)

Jo (Actor)

Lions Love 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Malatesta 1969 (Movie)

Enrico Malatesta (Actor)

Alphaville 1965 (Movie)

Lemmy Caution (Actor)

The Seven Deadly Sins 1963 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Cléo de 5 à 7 1962 (Movie)

Actor in Comedy Film (Actor)

Incognito (Movie)

Stanley (Actor)

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Iconic American-born actor and singer of international films from the 1950s. Born in L.A. to Russian immigrant parents, Constantine studied voice in Vienna. He returned to the USA where his singing career wavered and he found work as a film extra. Constantine first achieved fame in Paris where he launched a successful career as a popular singer under the tutelage of Edith Piaf. On screen from 1953, his tough guy manner was put to good use in French imitations of Bogart films, several of which featured Peter Cheyney's no-nonsense, hard-hitting private detective, Lemmy Caution. In 1965 Jean-Luc Godard appropriated both Constantine and the Caution character for "Alphaville," a futuristic, parodic homage to the detective genre. The tough guys the craggy-faced Constantine played were ideals derived from the already stylized and ritualized world of G-men and private eyes found in American movies. Filmmakers of the New German Cinema resurrected Constantine and his persona; notably Rainer Werner Fassbinder cast him as the laconic star of the film-within-the-film in "Beware of a Holy Whore" (1970). Constantine also appeared in a good number of German television dramas in the 70s and 80s and, late in life, reprised his most famous role in Godard's "Germany Year 90 Nine Zero" (1991).

Relationships

Tania Constantine

Daughter
first wife of French filmmaker and Jerry Brown stategist Jacques Barzaghi

Helene Mussel

Wife

EDUCATION

studied voice in Vienna, Austria

Milestones

1991

Reprised the role of Lemmy Caution for Godard's "Germany Year 90 Nine Zero"

1978

Last American feature, Larry Cohen's "It's Alive 2"

1977

Appeared as Captain Michel Becaud in "Raid on Entebbe", an NBC docudrama directed by Irvin Kershner

1976

US publication of English-language translation of his novel, "La Propietaire/The Godplayer"

1965

Starred as Lemmy Caution in Jean-Luc Godard's "Alphaville"

1953

First starring film role

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