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Born in Paris, France
Died in Saint-Tropez, Var, France
Birth NameMax-Gérard Houry

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Gérard Oury was born on April 29, 1919 in Paris, France as Max-Gérard Houry. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mad Adventures of 'Rabbi' Jacob (1973), La Grande Vadrouille (1966) and The Sucker (1965). He was married to Michèle Morgan. He died on July 19, 2006 in Saint-Tropez, Var, France.

Spouse (1)

Michèle Morgan (1960 - 19 July 2006) (his death)

Trivia (7)

Father, with actress Jacqueline Roman, of writer Danièle Thompson.
Grandfather of actor Christopher Thompson and actress Caroline Thompson.
Educated at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art and a one-time member of the Comédie-Française.
A classic stage actor (Racine's "Brittanicus") and then star and supporting actor in European and American film adventures, he turned to comedy as a director and helmed a string of successful comedies featuring his country's top actors (Bourvil, Louis de Funès, Jean-Paul Belmondo, etc.) His La Grande Vadrouille (1966) retains the record for attendance by a French movie, and was only dethroned as the top ticket-seller ever in France by Titanic (1997).
Played Napoléon twice in films - Sea Devils (1953) with Rock Hudson and Yvonne De Carlo, and "Loves of Three Queens" (1954) (Loves of Three Queens (1954)) with Hedy Lamarr as his Joséphine.
Collaborated with daughter Danièle Thompson on several of his screenplays, including "Don't Look Now" (1969) (La Grande Vadrouille (1966)) and Lévy et Goliath (1987). In turn, Danièle collaborated with her son and Gérard's grandson, Christopher Thompson, on several screenplays, including La bûche (1999) and "Jet Lag" (2002) (Décalage horaire (2002).
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".

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