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Also Known As: Louis Gendre Died: February 14, 2015
Born: June 19, 1919 Cause of Death: Undisclosed
Birth Place: Marseille, , FR Profession: actor

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Actor Louis Jourdan was the epitome of continental charm in dozens of dramas both in his native France and in Hollywood, including "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948), "The Swan" (1955), "Gigi" (1958) and "The V.I.P.s" (1963). Possessed of dark good looks, an innate elegance, and a deep, sonorous voice, he romanced some of the screen's most legendary leading ladies, including Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Leslie Caron. Off-camera, he bristled at his stereotyping and sought more substantive parts on Broadway and television. He moved into character parts in the late 1960s and 1970s, essaying such celebrated characters as Count Dracula and D'Artagnan in TV movies. A spate of high-profile projects, including the James Bond thriller "Octopussy" (1983), preceded his retirement in 1992. His ability to move successfully between films, stage and television over the course of four decades while retaining his signature appeal made him one of Hollywood's most durable players. Jourdan died at home in Beverly Hills on February 14, 2015.

Actor Louis Jourdan was the epitome of continental charm in dozens of dramas both in his native France and in Hollywood, including "Letter from an Unknown Woman" (1948), "The Swan" (1955), "Gigi" (1958) and "The V.I.P.s" (1963). Possessed of dark good looks, an innate elegance, and a deep, sonorous voice, he romanced some of the screen's most legendary leading ladies, including Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Leslie Caron. Off-camera, he bristled at his stereotyping and sought more substantive parts on Broadway and television. He moved into character parts in the late 1960s and 1970s, essaying such celebrated characters as Count Dracula and D'Artagnan in TV movies. A spate of high-profile projects, including the James Bond thriller "Octopussy" (1983), preceded his retirement in 1992. His ability to move successfully between films, stage and television over the course of four decades while retaining his signature appeal made him one of Hollywood's most durable players. Jourdan died at home in Beverly Hills on February 14, 2015.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 That's Entertainment! III (1994) Song Performer
2.
 Year Of The Comet (1992) Philippe
3.
 Return Of The Swamp Thing, The (1989) Dr Anton Arcane
4.
 Beverly Hills Madam (1986) Douglas Corbin
5.
 Octopussy (1983) Kamal Khan
6.
 Swamp Thing (1982) Arcane
7.
 Double Deal (1981) Peter Stirling
8.
 Silver Bears (1978) Prince Gianfranco Pietro Annunzio Di Siracusa
9.
 Plus ca va, moins ca va (1977) Paul Tango
10.
 Man In The Iron Mask, The (1977) D'Artagnan
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1940:
Became professional actor
:
Discovered by talent scout
1940:
Film debut, "Le Corsaire"
:
Acted in non-political French films
:
Joined Resistance in France and helped publish and distribute newspaper for the Underground
1946:
Moved to United States
1946:
American film debut in "The Paradine Case"
1954:
Broadway debut, "The Immoralist"
1955:
US television debut as Inspector Beaumont in series "Paris Precinct"
1958:
Starred in best-known film "Gigi"
1965:
Originally cast opposite Barbara Harris in stage musical "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"; replaced by John Cullum
1978:
Starred as Dracula in PBS miniseries "Count Dracula"
1982:
First played villainous Dr. Arcane in "Swamp Thing"
1989:
Reprised role of Arcane in "The Return of Swamp Thing"
1992:
Last feature role to date, "Year of the Comet"
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Education

Ecole Dramatique: - 1938

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wife:
Berthe Frederique. Married on March 11, 1946; one son, Louis Henry Jourdan.
wife:
Micheline Preale.
wife:
Quique Jourdan.

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father:
Henry Gendre. Hotelier. Arrested by the Gestapo.
mother:
Yvonne Jourdan Gendre.
son:
Louis Henry Jourdan. Born 1951; mother Berthe Frederique.

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