Gerard Oury | Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum
Did You Know?
He was the son of a Jewish violinist. He left France in 1940 to escape the Nazi occupation, but returned after the war. He started out as an actor, and became a director in 1959. Although his films were comedies, they usually dealt with serious issues such as racism. He once said that his films "dealt with serious things by making people laugh".