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Louis Jourdan ACTOR


Louis Jourdan was born on June 19th, 1921 in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône in France with the birth name Louis Gendre, born to parents, Yvonne Jourdan and Henry Gendre.  He received his education in France, Britain and Turkey and even got some acting training with René Simon at the École Dramatique. 

He soon began his film career working on a number of French romantic comedies and dramas.  His career came to a halt when during World War II his father was arrested by the Gestapo and he and his two brothers joined the French underground and he refused to act in any Nazi propaganda films. 
His luck turned around when he was offered a job in Hollywood by director, David O. Selznick to appear in the film, "The Paradine Case" (1947).  It was this opportunity that opened up a number of doors for him to appear in Hollywood on a variety of films.  His best known film role was in, "Gigi" (1958).
Some of his other well known work were in such films as, "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954), "The Swan" (1956) "The Best of Everything" (1959), "The Swamp Thing" (1982), "Octopussy" (1983). 
Most people remember him for his most well known role in the film, "Gigi" (1958) which earned nine Academy Awards.  He also made a number of television appearances such as on, "Count Dracula" (1977), "Columbo" (1978) and "The First Olympics: Athens 1896" (1984).   
He was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist when he performed in the stage production, "13 Rue De L'Amour" in Chicago, Illinois. 
He married only one time to Berthe Quique' Frederique Jourdan' whom he wed in 1946 and they have one child together and are still married today.  Sadly in 1981 his only son, Louis Henry, committed suicide by drug overdose.   
His final film role was in 1992 on, "The Year of the Comet" and he then retired from the industry and relocated back to France to live.  He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and in 2010 was awarded Légion d'Honneur. 


1992 Year of the Comet
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing
1988 Counterforce
1987 Grand Larceny
1986 Beverly Hills Madam
1984 Cover Up
1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896
1984 Hotel
1983 Double Deal
1983 Octopussy
1982 Swamp Thing
1982 Gamble on Love
1982 Escape to Love
1982 For Love of Angela 
1982 Bayou Romance 
1980-1981 Vega$
1981 Aloha Paradise 
1980 Charlie's Angels
1979 The French Atlantic Affair
1978 Silver Bears
1978 Columbo
1977 Great Performances
1977 The More It Goes, the Less It Goes
1977 The Man in the Iron Mask 
1976 L'hippopotamours
1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo
1973 The Great American Beauty Contest
1973 Piange... il telefono
1967-1971 The F.B.I.
1970 Ritual of Evil
1969 Run a Crooked Mile 
1969 Fear No Evil
1968 The Name of the Game
1968 A Flea in Her Ear
1968 To Die in Paris
1967 Young Rebel
1967 To Commit a Murder
1966 The Sultans
1966 Made in Paris
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre
1964 The Greatest Show on Earth 
1963 The V.I.P.s 
1963 Irma la Douce
1963 Mathias Sandorf
1962 Dark Journey
1962 Disorder
1961 The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo
1961 Amazons of Rome
1960 Can-Can
1959 The Best of Everything
1958 G.E. True Theater
1958 Dangerous Exile
1958 Gigi
1957 Escapade
1956-1957 The Ford Television Theatre
1956 Her Bridal Night
1956 Julie
1956 The Swan
1956 Celebrity Playhouse
1953-1955 Paris Precinct
1955 Climax!
1955 Studio One in Hollywood
1954 The Elgin Hour
1954 Three Coins in the Fountain 
1954 Robert Montgomery Presents 
1954 Your Show of Shows
1953 Rue de l'Estrapade 
1953 Decameron Nights
1953 A String of Blue Beads
1952 The Happy Time
1951 Anne of the Indies
1951 Bird of Paradise
1949 Madame Bovary
1948 No Minor Vices
1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman
1947 The Paradine Case
1945 La vie de bohème
1945 Twilight
1944 Les petites du quai aux fleurs
1943 Immortal France 
1942 La belle aventure
1942 L'arlésienne
1941 Parade en 7 nuits
1941 Her First Affair
1940 La comédie du bonheur
1940 Ecco la felicità
1939 Le corsaire 

Matinee Classics - Can-Can starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Juliet Prowse, Marcel Dalio, Leon Belasco, Nestor Paiva, John A. Neris, Jean Del Val and Ann Codee
Matinee Classics - Madame Bovary starring Jennifer Jones, James Mason, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, Christopher Kent, Gene Lockhart, Frank Allenby, Galdys Cooper, John Abbott, Henry Morgan, George Zucco and Ellen Corby
Matinee Classics - Octopussy starring Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Steven Berkoff, David Meyer, Anthony Meyer, Desmond Llewelyn, Robert Brown, Lois Maxwell, Michaela Clavell, Walter Gotell, Vijay Amirtraj and Albert Moses
Matinee Classics - A String of Blue Beads starring Louis Jordan, Ellen Cobb-Hill, Margaret Hamilton, Elaine Lynn, Christine Lynn, Mary Michael and David Orrick
Matinee Classics - A String of Blue Beads starring Louis Jordan, Ellen Cobb-Hill, Margaret Hamilton, Elaine Lynn, Christine Lynn, Mary Michael and David Orrick

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