Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

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Birthday: Jun 11, 1910

Birthplace: St.-Andre-de-Cubzac, France

Jacques Cousteau's name has become synonymous with underwater photography. He pioneered the development of waterproof cameras in the mid-1930s and continued to produce documentaries into the 1990s. The French-born Cousteau attended the Ecole Navale in Brest with the intention of becoming a Naval pilot. He served tours in Asia before an automobile accident ended his naval career. Cousteau began experimenting with underwater filming in the mid-1930s and following WWII he established the Group for Undersea Research. He won the CIDALC Prize at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival for his short "Epaves/Wrecks." By 1950, he had refitted a WWII minesweeper as a floating oceanographic institute and rechristened the ship the Calypso. Cousteau and Louis Malle co-directed the 1956 feature documentary "Le mode du silence/The Silent World," which earned the Palme d'Or at Cannes and a Best Documentary Oscar. Subsequently, Cousteau won two more Academy Awards for 1959's short "The Golden Fish" and 1965's documentary "Le monde sans soleil/World Without Sun." He also co-directed and wrote the 1976 feature documentary "Le voyage au bout du monde/Voyage to the End of the World" (1976). In 1954, the year he co-developed the first automatic deep-undersea photographic equipment, Cousteau made his American television debut on the January 17 episode of "Omnibus" (CBS). Ten years later, he began an affiliation with ABC and produced numerous award-winning specials under the umbrella title of "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau." In the mid-80s, Cousteau shifted allegiance to the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS), for whom he continued to provide original programming until shortly before his death in June 1997.

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cousteau Odyssey Unknown (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 83% Voyage to the Edge of the World Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1975
No Score Yet 89% World Without Sun Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Fish Producer - 1959
No Score Yet 80% The Silent World Unknown (Character),
Director
- 1956

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau Host 1968-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1956

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