Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) (1972)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% A New Kind of Love (1963)
  • Birthday: Sep 12, 1888
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • In the eyes of many film-buffs, actor Maurice Chevalier, with his sophisticated charm, zest for life, and wit, is the consummate movie Frenchman. Chevalier, born in Paris, was the youngest of nine children. His father was a house painter and did not work steadily. To help out, the 11-year-old Chevalier quit school to work as an apprentice engraver and a factory worker. After performing briefly as an acrobat, he was injured and unable to continue his acrobatics so began singing in Paris cafes and halls. It is odd that he should turn to music as Chevalier had a notoriously weak, and average singing voice; to compensate, he added a touch of comedy to his act and soon became the toast of the town. Though only 21, he got his biggest break when he became the revue partner of the infamous musical star Mistinguett in the Folies-Bergere. Soon she became his lover as well. While serving in World War I, Chevalier was captured and spent two years in a POW camp; later he was awarded a Croix de Guerre. After the war he rose to world fame as a star of music halls. His trademarks were his boulevardier outfit of a straw hat and bow tie, his suggestive swagger, and his aura of Epicurean enjoyment. Having appeared in a number of silent films, he moved to Hollywood in 1929 and was popular with American audiences as the light-hearted, sophisticated star of romantic films. He left Hollywood in 1935, but continued making movies elsewhere. In 1938 he was decorated a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. In 1951 he was refused re-entry to the United States because he had signed an anti-nuclear-weapons document, the "Stockholm Appeal." In 1958 he was allowed to return to Hollywood and receive a special Oscar "for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Avec le sourire (With a Smile) Actor 2015
No Score Yet L'homme du jour (The Man of the Hour) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s Actor 2009
No Score Yet Lubitsch Musicals Actor 2008
No Score Yet Maurice Chevalier: A Song in My Heart Actor 2006
No Score Yet Chevalier: Maurice & Me Actor 2006
No Score Yet Break The News Actor 2001
100% The Sorrow and the Pity (Le Chagrin et la Pitié) Actor 1972
66% The Aristocats Title Song 1970
No Score Yet Monkeys, Go Home! Father Sylvain 1967
No Score Yet Panic Button Philippe Fontaine 1964
No Score Yet I'd Rather Be Rich Philip Dulaine 1964
0% A New Kind of Love Himself 1963
No Score Yet In Search of the Castaways Prof. Jacques Paganel 1962
No Score Yet Black Tights (1-2-3-4 ou Les Collants noirs) Actor 1962
No Score Yet Fanny Panisse 1961
No Score Yet Black Tights Actor 1960
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
No Score Yet A Breath of Scandal Prince Philip 1960
No Score Yet Can-Can Paul Barriere 1960
79% Gigi Honore 1958
88% Love in the Afternoon Claude Chavasse 1957
95% An American in Paris Actor 1951
No Score Yet A Royal Affair the King 1950
No Score Yet Man About Town (Le Silence Est D'or) Actor 1947
No Score Yet Personal Column (Pièges) Actor 1939
No Score Yet Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere) Eugene Charlier 1935
80% The Merry Widow Danilo 1934
No Score Yet A Bedtime Story Rene 1933
100% Love Me Tonight Maurice 'Baron' Courtelin 1932
No Score Yet Make Me a Star Guest Star 1932
100% One Hour With You Dr. Andre Bertier 1932
88% The Smiling Lieutenant Lieutenant Niki 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
No Score Yet The Big Pond Pierre Mirande 1930
No Score Yet Paramount on Parade Guest Star 1930
100% The Love Parade Count Alfred Renard 1929

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