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Maurice Chevalier



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."

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pièges (Personal Column)
  • Actor
2015
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
77% Gigi
  • Honore
1958
88% Love in the Afternoon
  • Claude Chavasse
1957
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 Folies Bergère de Paris, (The Man from the Folies Bergere)
  • Eugene Charlier
1935
88% The Merry Widow
  • Danilo
1934
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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