Maurice Chevalier

Actor, Singer, Entertainer
The epitome of the worldly French song-and-dance man, Maurice Chevalier was one of the 20th century's most beloved entertainers, delighting audiences the world over in a five-decade career that encompassed vaudeville ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1888 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (32)

ABC Stage '67 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Monkeys Go Home! 1967 (Movie)

Father Sylvain (Actor)

I'd Rather Be Rich 1963 (Movie)

Philip Dulaine (Actor)

Panic Button 1963 (Movie)

Phillipe Fontaine (Actor)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

In Search of the Castaways 1962 (Movie)

Prof Jacques Paganel (Actor)

Un, deux, trois, quatre! 1962 (Movie)

Emcee (Actor)

Un, deux, trois, quatre! 1962 (Movie)

Narration("A Merry Mourning") (Narrator)

Fanny 1961 (Movie)

Panisse (Actor)

The Gershwin Years 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

A Breath of Scandal 1960 (Movie)

Prince Philip (Actor)

Can-Can 1960 (Movie)

Paul Barriere (Actor)

Jessica 1960 (Movie)

Father Antonio (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Count Your Blessings 1958 (Movie)

Duc De St Cloud (Actor)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

Honore Lachaille (Actor)

Love in the Afternoon 1957 (Movie)

Claude Chavasse (Actor)

Le Silence est d'or 1946 (Movie)

(Actor)

Folies Bergere 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Merry Widow 1933 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Me Tonight 1931 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

One Hour With You 1931 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Pond 1929 (Movie)

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A Bedtime Story (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

Break the News (Movie)

Francois Verrier (Actor)

Innocents of Paris (Movie)

Maurice Marny (Actor)

Ma Pomme (Movie)

Ma Pomme (Actor)

Make Me a Star (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

Paramount on Parade (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

The Love Parade (Movie)

Count Alfred Renard (Actor)

The Smiling Lieutenant (Movie)

Lt. Niki (Actor)

The Way to Love (Movie)

Francois (Actor)
Music (7)

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Le Bal 1984 (Movie)

("Fleur de Paris") (Song Performer)

Entre Nous 1983 (Movie)

("Just a Bum (Ma Pomme)") (Song Performer)

The Aristocats 1970 (Movie)

("The Aristocats") (Song Performer)

A New Kind of Love 1962 (Movie)

("Mimi" and "Louise") (Song Performer)

Gigi 1958 (Movie)

("Thank Heaven for Little Girls" "It's a Bore" "I Remember It Well" "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Anymore" "Gossip" "Waltz at Maxim's") (Song Performer)

The Happy Road 1956 (Movie)

title song (Song)

Biography

The epitome of the worldly French song-and-dance man, Maurice Chevalier was one of the 20th century's most beloved entertainers, delighting audiences the world over in a five-decade career that encompassed vaudeville, light opera, motion pictures and concerts. Perennially decked out in tuxedo tails and a rakish straw boater, Chevalier crooned love songs in a honeyed Gallic accent that endeared him to theatergoers in the teens and early 1920s before entering silent features. Hollywood beckoned in the early 1930s, and he enjoyed a string of musical hits, including "Love Me Tonight" (1932) before returning to France prior to World War II. Allegations of collaborations with the Nazis dogged his career during the 1940s, but he returned more popular than ever in the late 1950s, thanks to "Gigi" (1958), which earned him a special Oscar. Chevalier would go on to essay courtly grandfathers until his retirement in 1968. His death in 1972 marked the end of a charmed life, dedicated to spreading the gospel of love and happiness through a song, a smile and a tip of a hat.

Relationships

Yvonne Vallee

Wife
married in 1927 divorced in 1935

Milestones

1969

Was a song performer for the animated feature "The Aristocats"

1967

Last feature film role, "Monkeys Go Home!"

1958

Co-starred in "Gigi"

1957

Achieved prominence again in Hollywood beginning with "Love in the Afternoon"

1947

Returned to films in Rene Clair's "Le Silence est d'or"

1939

Last film for eight years, "Pieges", directed by Robert Siodmak

1935

Left Hollywood; last film, "Folies Bergere"

1929

Hollywood feature starring debut, "Innocents of Paris"

1929

First film with director Ernst Lubtisch and co-star Jeannette MacDonald, "The Love Parade"

1928

First US film appearance, the silent travelogue film, "Bonjour New York"

1914

Interned in a German POW camp during WWI; reputedly learend English from other prisoners

1908

Film acting debut, "Trop Credule", in France

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1938.

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Awarded the Croix de Guerre.

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