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Louis Jourdan (1921–2015)


Louis Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France, to Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Britain, and Turkey. He trained as an actor with René Simon at the École Dramatique. He debuted on screen in 1939, going on to play cultivated, polished, dashing lead roles in a number of French ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Octopussy
Octopussy Kamal
(1983)
Gigi
Gigi Gaston Lachaille
(1958)
Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing Arcane
(1982)
Letter from an Unknown Woman
(1948)

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 1992 Year of the Comet
Philippe
 1988 Counterforce
Kassar
 1987 Grand Larceny
Charles Grand
 1983 Double Deal
Peter Sterling
 1983 Octopussy
Kamal
 1977 Plus ça va, moins ça va
Paul Tango
 1977 Silver Bears
Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Henri Tournel
 1967 Young Rebel
Cardinal Acquaviva
 1966 Les Sultans
Laurent
 1966 Made in Paris
Marc Fontaine
 1963 Irma la Douce
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Marc Champselle
 1962 Dark Journey
Paul
 1962 Disorder
Tom
 1961 Amazons of Rome
Drusco
 1960 Can-Can
Philipe Forrestier
 1959 The Best of Everything
David Savage
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Duke Philippe de Beauvais
 1957 Escapade
Frank Raphaël
 1957 Love in the Afternoon
Narrator (uncredited)
 1956 Her Bridal Night
Michel
 1956 Julie
Lyle Benton
 1953 Rue de l'Estrapade
Henri Laurent
 1953 Decameron Nights
Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / ...
 1952 The Happy Time
Uncle Desmond Bonnard
 1951 Bird of Paradise
Andre Laurence
 1948 No Minor Vices
Octavio Quaglini
 1944 Twilight
Robert de Ligny
 1943 Immortal France
Christian (uncredited)
 1942 La belle aventure
André d'Éguzon
 1942 L'arlésienne
Frédéri
 1941 Parade en 7 nuits
Freddy Richard, le clown du cirque Romani
 1941 Her First Affair
Pierre Rougemont
 1940 Ecco la felicità
Fédor
 1940 La comédie du bonheur
Fédor
 1939 Le corsaire
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Other Works:

Book on tape, reading Jean de Brunhoff and Laurent de Brunhoff's "The Babar Audio Collection," Caedmon/HarperChildrensAudio ISBN 0-69-452432-8, 2001 (originally recorded 1975 and 1976 and released on Caedmon Records). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

I didn't want to be perpetually cooing in a lady's ear. There's not much satisfaction in it. See more »

Trivia:

At the beginning of the 40's, he was engaged to Micheline Presle, whom he first met during a holiday in St.Tropez in 1938. They were close to getting married at one point, but eventually broke up in a hard way. Jourdan took this so badly that, when he was reunited with Micheline in Twilight (1944), he refused to speak any word to her except for when they were in front of the camera. Micheline was... See more »

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Often played dashing and charming characters

Star Sign:

Gemini

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