Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour

Highest Rated: 90% Shoot the Piano Player (1960)

Lowest Rated: 29% Edith and Marcel (1983)

Birthday: May 22, 1924

Birthplace: Paris, France

Over the course of his long career, Parisian singer Charles Aznavour was often referred to as the French Frank Sinatra, and the comparison was not hyperbole. Both his artistic standing and his level of cultural cachet in France were easily on a par with Sinatra's in America. Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian in Paris on May 22, 1924 to Armenian parents, he got his start in show business early, working as an actor while he was still a child. He also took a turn as a dancer before he really found his footing in the '40s as a singer and songwriter. After WWII Aznavour partnered with pianist Pierre Roche - the pair worked up a live act and began composing together. French superstar Edith Piaf became enamored of Aznavour and by the late '40s he was managing her as well as writing for her and touring as her opening act. Aznavour's earliest records were cut in Canada, where he had gained popularity via a long residency at Montreal nightclub Faisan Doré. But back home, Aznavour still hadn't gained much ground. Finally, in 1956, a phenomenal performance in Casablanca put him on the path to international renown, resulting in high-profile bookings in France. That same year, Aznavour composed "Sur Ma Vie," destined to be his biggest song, and his star status was solidified. The '60s proved to be a boom time for Anavour, who penned some of his most beloved tunes during the period, including "Tu t'laisses aller," "Et pourtant," "For Me Formidable," and "La Boheme," to name just a few. Aznavour's popularity was international - in the '70s, hits like "She" and "The Old Fashioned Way" brought him stardom in the U.K., and in the same era, American singers like Jack Jones and Liza Minnelli were popularizing his tunes in the U.S. Back home, by this point, Aznavour was regarded as a national treasure, but he never rested on his laurels. He continued performing and recording for the rest of his life, working with a dazzling list of international superstars, from Sting to Celine Dion to Placido Domingo, and remained active right up to the end, passing at the age of 94 on October 1, 2018 in Mouriès, France.

Highest rated movies

Shoot the Piano Player
Testament of Orpheus
The Tin Drum
Ararat
The Colonel
Candy
The Truth About Charlie

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Il est minuit, Paris s'éveille Self - 2012
40% 62% The Colonel Le père Rossi (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Goriot Jean-Joachim Goriot (Character) - 2004
55% 71% Ararat Edward Saroyan (Character) $1.6M 2002
34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Charles Aznavour (Character) $5.3M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le comédien Monsieur Maillard (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Country Years Le grand-père (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Il Maestro Romualdi (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nailcruncher Unknown (Character) - 1988
85% 82% Bad Blood Original Music $21.5K 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yiddish Connection Aaron Rapoport (Character) - 1986
29% 50% Edith and Marcel Self - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Viva la Vie! Edouard Takvorian (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Mountain Naphta (Character) - 1982
83% 84% The Tin Drum Sigismund Markus (Character) $5.5K 1979
No Score Yet 47% Sky Riders Inspector Nikolidis (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 32% Ten Little Indians Michael Raven (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 73% The Blockhouse Visconti (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 59% The Adventurers Marcel Campion (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Games Pavel Vendek (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heist Le commissaire Kramer (Character) - 1970
40% 48% Candy Hunchback juggler (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Postman Goes to War Thibon (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloportes Edmond (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Fables of Love Charles (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Infidelity Giulio (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Rome Marcello (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Les vierges Berthet (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fabiani Affair Horace Fabiani (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 81% The Devil and the Ten Commandments Denis Mayeux (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 82% Taxi for Tobruk Samuel Goldmann (Character) - 1961
90% 88% Shoot the Piano Player Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crossing of the Rhine Roger (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow Is My Turn Roger (Character) - 1960
86% 83% Testament of Orpheus Unknown (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 69% Head Against the Wall Heurtevent (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 75% The Chasers Joseph Bouvier (Character) - 1959

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970