Louis Jourdan

Birthday: Jun 19, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Born Louis Gendre in Marseille, France in 1921, Louis Jourdan (his mother's maiden name) was Hollywood's go-to Frenchman for the majority of his career, which spanned over five decades. He trained as an actor with Rene Simon at the Ecole Dramatique and made his onscreen debut in 1939, going on to play cultivated, polished, dashing lead roles in a number of French romantic comedies and dramas. After his father was arrested by the Gestapo, Louis and his two brothers joined the French underground; his film career came to a halt when he refused to act in Nazi propaganda films. In 1948 David O. Selznick invited him to Hollywood to appear in The Paradine Case (1948); he remained in the U.S. and went on to star in a number of Hollywood films. Jourdan quickly followed The Paradine Case with Letter From an Unknown Woman, opposite Joan Fontaine and a supporting role in Madame Bovary, directed by Vincente Minnelli. He continued to work in both France and Hollywood, often playing the French playboys. In 1958, he reteamed with Minnelli to play Gaston in the musical Gigi, opposite Leslie Caron, and got to showcase his singing voice in the film.He spent a significant part of his career filming adaptations of Alexandre Dumas works. He played the title character in The Count of Monte Cristo (1961) and later played the villain, De Villefort, in a TV movie of the same story, followed by a turn as D'Artagnan in The Man in the Iron Mask (1977). In 1983, he played a Bond villain, Kamal Khan, in Octopussy. Jourdan slowed his film output by the late 1980s, and made his last film, Year of the Comet, in 1992. He died in 2015, at age 93.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Cervantes (Young Rebel) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Count Dracula Actor 2007
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
0% Year of the Comet Philippe 1992
44% The Return of Swamp Thing Dr. Anton Arcane 1989
No Score Yet Grace Kelly: An American Princess Actor 1987
No Score Yet Counterforce Kassar 1987
No Score Yet Grand Larceny Grand 1987
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Madam, (Ladies of the Night) Douglas Corbin 1986
No Score Yet For Love of Angela Actor 1986
No Score Yet Lights, Camera, Action, Love Actor 1985
No Score Yet The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Actor 1984
No Score Yet Double Deal Peter Sterling 1984
42% Octopussy Kamal Khan 1983
67% Swamp Thing Dr. Anton Arcane 1982
No Score Yet Image of Passion Actor 1982
No Score Yet Silver Bears Prince di Siracusa 1978
No Score Yet Count Dracula Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask D'Artagnan 1977
No Score Yet The Count of Monte Cristo De Villefort 1975
No Score Yet Run a Crooked Mile Richard Stuart 1969
No Score Yet A Flea In Her Ear Henri Tournel 1967
No Score Yet Made in Paris Marc Fontaine 1966
No Score Yet Il Disordine (Disorder) Tom 1964
0% The V.I.P.s Marc Champselle 1963
No Score Yet Amazons of Rome (Le vergini di Roma) Drusco 1963
83% Irma La Douce Narrator 1963
No Score Yet Can-Can Philipe Forrestier 1960
60% The Best of Everything David Savage 1959
79% Gigi Gaston 1958
No Score Yet Julie Lyle Benton 1956
No Score Yet The Swan Dr. Nicholas Agi 1956
No Score Yet Bride Is Much Too Beautiful Michel 1956
67% Three Coins in the Fountain Prince Dino Di Cessi 1954
No Score Yet Rue de l'Estrapade Henri 1953
No Score Yet Decameron Nights Giovanni Boccaccio 1953
No Score Yet The Happy Time Uncle Desmonde 1952
No Score Yet Anne of the Indies Capt. Pierre Francois LaRochelle 1951
95% An American in Paris Actor 1951
No Score Yet Bird of Paradise Andre Laurence 1951
No Score Yet Madame Bovary Rodolphe Boulanger 1949
80% The Paradine Case Andre Latour 1948
100% Letter From an Unknown Woman Stefan Brand 1948

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
Dr. Redmont
  • 1980
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
  • 1978

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