Louis Jouvet

Birthday: Dec 24, 1887
Birthplace: Not Available
A superb leading man of French stage and screen with an ugly, humorous, tragic face, Jouvet is considered by some to be the finest French actor of his time. Determined to be an actor, he was rejected three times by the Paris Conservatoire; in 1908 he joined a stage company as an administrator, then debuted onstage two years later. In 1913 he was appointed director of the Theatre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris. During World War One he served in combat at the front. From 1919-21 he was in New York, appearing with his troupe in a repertory of productions that received much acclaim. Back in France, he became the director of the Theatre de Champs Elysees; by the early '30s he was one of the most prominent performers on the Paris stage. Having appeared in one film (1913's Shylock), in 1933 he began taking film roles to support his theatrical work; his subtle, forceful, witty performances redeemed poor movies and intensified high-quality work. During World War Two he toured South America with his company; after the war he returned to Paris, continuing to appear on stage and screen until shortly before his death. His daughter is actress Lisa Jouvet.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Lady Paname Actor 2012
No Score Yet Miquette et sa mère (Miquette) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Knock (Dr. Knock) Dr. Knock 1951
No Score Yet Between Eleven and Midnight (Entre onze heures et minuit) Inspector Carrel 1950
No Score Yet Monelle (Les Amoureux Sont Seuls Au Monde) Actor 1950
100% Quai des Orfèvres (Quay of the Goldsmiths) (Jenny Lamour) Inspector Antoine 1948
No Score Yet Sirocco (La Maison Du Maltais) Actor 1946
No Score Yet The Heat Of A Nation (Untel Pere Et Fils) Actor 1943
No Score Yet The Heart of a Nation Pierre Froment/Felix 1943
No Score Yet L'alibi (The Alibi) Actor 1940
No Score Yet La Charrette Fantôme (The Phantom Wagon) Actor 1939
No Score Yet La Fin du Jour (The End of a Day) Saint Clair 1939
78% Drole de Drame (Bizarre Bizarre) (Drôle de drame ou L'étrange aventure du Docteur Molyneux) Archibald Soper Bishop of Bedford 1939
No Score Yet Volpone Mosca 1939
No Score Yet Le drame de Shanghaï Ivan 1938
No Score Yet Dance Program (Un Carnet de Bal) Jo/Pierre Verdier 1938
No Score Yet Hotel Du Nord Monsieur Edmond 1938
78% La Marseillaise Roederer 1937
No Score Yet Forfaiture (The Cheat) Actor 1937
88% Les Bas-fonds (The Lower Depths) (Underground) (Underworld) The Baron 1936
100% Carnival in Flanders The Priest 1935
No Score Yet Topaze Auguste Topaze 1935


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