Louis Jourdan

Actor
Actor Louis Jourdan was the epitome of continental charm in dozens of dramas both in his native France and in Hollywood, including "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948), "The Swan" (1955), "Gigi" (1958) and "The V ... Read more »
Born: 06/19/1919 in Marseille, , FR

Filmography

Actor (47)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Year of the Comet 1992 (Movie)

Philippe (Actor)

Counterforce 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of Swamp Thing 1989 (Movie)

Dr Anton Arcane (Actor)

Salute to Lady Liberty 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Octopussy 1983 (Movie)

Kamal Khan (Actor)

Romance Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Swamp Thing 1982 (Movie)

Arcane (Actor)

Double Deal 1980 (Movie)

Peter Stirling (Actor)

The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Count Dracula 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

Prince Gianfranco Pietro Annunzio di Siracusa (Actor)

The Man in the Iron Mask 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Plus ca va, moins ca va 1976 (Movie)

Paul Tango (Actor)

The Count of Monte Cristo 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Fear No Evil 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

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A Flea in Her Ear 1968 (Movie)

Henri (Actor)

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

Cardinal Acquaviva (Actor)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

Marc Fontaine (Actor)

Les Vierges de Rome 1963 (Movie)

Drusco (Actor)

The V.I.P.s 1963 (Movie)

Marc Champselle (Actor)

Can-Can 1960 (Movie)

Philippe Forrestier (Actor)

Le Comte de Monte Cristo 1960 (Movie)

Edmond Dantes (Actor)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

Gaston Lachaille (Actor)

The Best of Everything 1958 (Movie)

David Savage (Actor)

Dangerous Exile 1957 (Movie)

Duc De Beauvais (Actor)

Julie 1956 (Movie)

Lyle Benton (Actor)

The Swan 1956 (Movie)

Dr Nicholas Agi (Actor)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1954 (Movie)

Prince Dino DiCessi (Actor)

Decameron Nights 1952 (Movie)

Boccaccio (Actor)

The Happy Time 1952 (Movie)

Uncle Desmond Bonnard (Actor)

Letter From an Unknown Woman 1948 (Movie)

Stefan Brand (Actor)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

Andre Latour (Actor)

Beverly Hills Madam (TV Show)

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Bird of Paradise (Movie)

Andre Lawrence (Actor)

Climax! (TV Show)

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Dark Journey (Movie)

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Escapade (Movie)

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Grand Larceny (TV Show)

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Madame Bovary (Movie)

Rodolphe Boulanger (Actor)

No Minor Vices (Movie)

Ottavio Quaglini (Actor)

Ritual of Evil (TV Show)

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Run a Crooked Mile (TV Show)

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Biography

Actor Louis Jourdan was the epitome of continental charm in dozens of dramas both in his native France and in Hollywood, including "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948), "The Swan" (1955), "Gigi" (1958) and "The V. I.P.s" (1963). Possessed of dark good looks, an innate elegance, and a deep, sonorous voice, he romanced some of the screen's most legendary leading ladies, including Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Leslie Caron. Off-camera, he bristled at his stereotyping and sought more substantive parts on Broadway and television. He moved into character parts in the late 1960s and 1970s, essaying such celebrated characters as Count Dracula and D'Artagnan in TV movies. A spate of high-profile projects, including the James Bond thriller "Octopussy" (1983), preceded his retirement in 1992. His ability to move successfully between films, stage and television over the course of four decades while retaining his signature appeal made him one of Hollywood's most durable players. Jourdan died at home in Beverly Hills on February 14, 2015.

Relationships

Berthe Frédérique

Wife
Married March 11, 1946

Henry Gendre

Father
Arrested by the Gestapo during WWII

Yvonne Gendre

Mother

Louis Jourdan

Son
Born Oct. 6, 1951; mother, Berthe Frédérique Committed suicide by drug overdose 1981

EDUCATION

Ecole Dramatique

Paris 1938
studied under Rene Simon

Milestones

1992

Last feature role to date, "Year of the Comet"

1989

Reprised role of Arcane in "The Return of Swamp Thing"

1982

First played villainous Dr. Arcane in "Swamp Thing"

1978

Starred as Dracula in PBS miniseries "Count Dracula"

1965

Originally cast opposite Barbara Harris in stage musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"; replaced by John Cullum

1958

Starred in best-known film "Gigi"

1955

US television debut as Inspector Beaumont in series "Paris Precinct"

1954

Broadway debut, "The Immoralist"

1946

American film debut in "The Paradine Case"

1946

Moved to United States

1940

Became professional actor

1940

Film debut, "Le Corsaire"

Joined Resistance in France and helped publish and distribute newspaper for the Underground

Acted in non-political French films

Discovered by talent scout

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