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Also Known As: Maurice Auguste Chevalier Died: January 1, 1972
Born: September 12, 1888 Cause of Death: heart attack following surgery
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, singer, acrobat, entertainer, factory worker, apprentice engraver

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Monkeys, Go Home! (1967) Father Sylvain
2.
 I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) Philip Dulaine
3.
 Panic Button (1964) Philippe Fontaine
4.
 A New Kind of Love (1963) Himself
5.
 Jessica (1962) Father Antonio
6.
 Black Tights (1962) Introduction
7.
 Black Tights (1962) Narrator
8.
 In Search of the Castaways (1962) Jacques Paganel
9.
 Pepe (1961)
10.
 Fanny (1961) Panisse
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1908:
Film acting debut, "Trop Credule", in France
1914:
Interned in a German POW camp during WWI; reputedly learend English from other prisoners
1928:
First US film appearance, the silent travelogue film, "Bonjour New York"
1929:
Hollywood feature starring debut, "Innocents of Paris"
1929:
First film with director Ernst Lubtisch and co-star Jeannette MacDonald, "The Love Parade"
1935:
Left Hollywood; last film, "Folies Bergere"
1939:
Last film for eight years, "Pieges", directed by Robert Siodmak
1947:
Returned to films in Rene Clair's "Le Silence est d'or"
1957:
Achieved prominence again in Hollywood beginning with "Love in the Afternoon"
1958:
Co-starred in "Gigi"
1967:
Last feature film role, "Monkeys Go Home!"
1970:
Was a song performer for the animated feature "The Aristocats"
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Notes

He was awarded the Legion of Honor in 1938.

Awarded the Croix de Guerre.

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wife:
Yvonne Vallee. Actor. Married in 1927; divorced in 1935.

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"Ma route et mes chansons"

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