Louis Jourdan (1921–2015)

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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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Known For

Octopussy Kamal Khan
Gigi Gaston Lachaille
Swamp Thing Arcane


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 1992 Year of the Comet
 1989 The Return of Swamp Thing
Dr. Anton Arcane
 1988 Counterforce
 1987 Grand Larceny (TV Movie)
Charles Grand
 1986 Beverly Hills Madam (TV Movie)
Douglas Corbin
 1984 Cover Up (TV Series)
George LeMare
- Pilot (1984) ... George LeMare
 1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV Mini Series)
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
- Part 2 (1984) ... Baron Pierre de Coubertin
- Part 1 (1984) ... Baron Pierre de Coubertin
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Adam Vidocq
- Prisms (1984) ... Adam Vidocq
 1983 Double Deal
Peter Sterling
 1983 Octopussy
Kamal Khan
 1982 Swamp Thing
 1980-1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
Nicholas Rambeau
- French Twist (1981) ... Nicholas Rambeau
- The Lido Girls (1980) ... Nicholas Rambeau
 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Redmont
- Nips and Tucks (1980) ... Dr. Paul Redmont
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini Series)
Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
 1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (TV Series)
Devil Bear / Chuck
- The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear (1979) ... Devil Bear / Chuck (voice)
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Paul Gerard
- Murder Under Glass (1978) ... Paul Gerard
 1977 Count Dracula (TV Movie)
Count Dracula
 1977 Silver Bears
Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
 1975 Piange... il telefono
Alberto Landi
 1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo (TV Movie)
De Villefort
 1973 The Great American Beauty Contest (TV Movie)
Ralph Dupree
 1967-1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Henri Dulac / Col. Lorenz Tabor / Andre Vesalian
- The Minerva Tapes (1971) ... Henri Dulac
- Wind It Up and It Betrays You (1968) ... Col. Lorenz Tabor
- Rope of Gold (1967) ... Andre Vesalian
 1970 Ritual of Evil (TV Movie)
David Sorell
 1969 Run a Crooked Mile (TV Movie)
Richard Stuart
 1969 Fear No Evil (TV Movie)
Dr. David Sorell
 1968 To Die in Paris (TV Movie)
Colonel Bertine Westrex
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mario Lompardi
- Lola in Lipstick (1968) ... Mario Lompardi
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Henri Tournel
 1967 The Young Rebel
Cardinal Acquaviva
 1967 To Commit a Murder
Charles Beaulieu
 1966 The Sultans
 1966/I Made in Paris
Marc Fontaine
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Phillippe Dutra / Phillipe Tabor
- Clash of Cymbals (1964) ... Phillippe Dutra
- War of Nerves (1964) ... Phillipe Tabor
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Bertine
- Graffiti (1964) ... Colonel Bertine
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Kurt Von Hecht
- A Place to Belong (1964) ... Kurt Von Hecht
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Marc Champselle
 1963 Irma la Douce
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1963 Mathias Sandorf
Le comte Mathias Sandorf
 1962 Dark Journey
Paul Guéret
 1962 Disorder
 1961 The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte Cristo
 1961 Amazons of Rome
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mr. Manningham
- Gaslight (1960) ... Mr. Manningham
 1960 Can-Can
Philipe Forrestier
 1959 The Best of Everything
David Savage
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Falling Angel (1958) ... Angeli
 1958 Gigi
Gaston Lachaille
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Duke Philippe de Beauvais
 1957 Escapade
Frank Raphaël
 1957 Love in the Afternoon
Narrator (uncredited)
 1956-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Count Lupo-Pietro / Charles
- The Man Who Beat Lupo (1957) ... Count Lupo-Pietro
- Journey by Moonlight (1956) ... Charles
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
 1956 Her Bridal Night
 1956 Julie
Lyle Benton
 1956 The Swan
Dr. Nicholas Agi
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Paris Precinct (TV Series)
Insp. Beaumont
- Police Headquarters (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- A Thief Gets Robbed (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- The Book Keeper (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- The Third Man (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- Murder Without a Corpse (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Pierre Mendes-France
- The Escape of Mendes-France (1955) ... Pierre Mendes-France
 1955 Studio One (TV Series)
- Passage of Arms (1955) ... Marc
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
- Minus Three Thousand (1955) ... Paul
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Ben Cory
- Warm Clay (1954) ... Ben Cory
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
Prince Dino di Cessi
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Wages of Fear (1954)
 1953 A String of Blue Beads (TV Movie)
 1953 Rue de l'Estrapade
Henri Laurent
 1953 Decameron Nights
Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / ...
 1952 The Happy Time
Uncle Desmond Bonnard
 1951 Anne of the Indies
Captain Pierre François LaRochelle
 1951 Bird of Paradise
Andre Laurence
 1949 Madame Bovary
Rodolphe Boulanger
 1948 No Minor Vices
Ottavio Quaglini
 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Stefan Brand
 1947 The Paradine Case
Andre Latour
 1945 La vie de bohème
 1944 Twilight
Robert de Ligny
 1943 Immortal France
Christian (uncredited)
 1942 La belle aventure
André d'Éguzon
 1942 L'arlésienne
Frédéri Mamaï
 1941 Parade en 7 nuits
Freddy Richard - le clown du cirque Romani
 1941 Her First Affair
Pierre Rougemont
 1940 Comedy of Happiness
 1940 Ecco la felicità
 1939 Le corsaire
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in Georges Feydeau's play, "13 Rue De L'Amour", at the Phoenix Theatre in London, England with Glynis Johns, James Grout, David Stoll and Margaret Courtenay in the cast. Peter Dews was the director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Louis Gendre


5' 11" (1.8 m)


Berthe 'Quique' Frederique Takar  (her death)  (1 child)


Louis Henry Jourdan


Yvonne Gendre | Henry Gendre

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Personal Quote:

Moving a career into character parts or secondary parts is what an actor should do. But not Cary [Grant]. You cannot possibly picture Cary Grant not being Cary Grant anymore. See more »


He grew up in the south of France with 2 brothers. Parents Yvonne Jourdan and Henry Gendre managed a string of hotels in Cannes, Nice, and Marseilles. He perfected his English by speaking to tourists. See more »


Often played dashing and charming characters


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