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Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier

  • Born on
    • September 12th, 1888
  • Died on
    • January 1st, 1972
Maurice Auguste Chevalier (September 12, 1888 – January 1, 1972) was a French actor, cabaret singer and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including "Livin' In The Sunlight", "Valentine", "Louise", "Mimi", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his films, including The Love Parade, The Big Pond, The Smiling Lieutenant, One Hour with You and Love Me Tonight. His trademark attire was a boater hat and tuxedo. Chevalier was born in Paris. He made his name as a star of musical comedy, appearing in public as a singer and dancer at an early age before working in menial jobs as a teenager. In 1909, he became the partner of the biggest female star in France at the time, Fréhel. Although their relationship was brief, she secured him his first major engagement, as a mimic and a singer in l'Alcazar in Marseille, for which he received critical acclaim by French theatre critics. In 1917, he discovered jazz and ragtime and went to London, where he found new success at the Palace Theatre. After this, he toured the United States, where he met the American composers George Gershwin and Irving Berlin and brought the operetta Dédé to Broadway in 1922. He developed an interest in acting and had success in Dédé. When talkies arrived, he went to Hollywood in 1928, where he played his first American role in Innocents of Paris. In 1930, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in The Love Parade (1929) and The Big Pond (1930), which secured his first big American hits, "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight". In 1957, he appeared in Love in the Afternoon, which was his first Hollywood film in more than 20 years. In 1958, he starred with Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in Gigi. In the early 1960s, he made eight films, including Can-Can in 1960 and Fanny the following year. In 1970, he made his final contribution to the film industry where he sang the title song of the Disney film The Aristocats. Description above from the Wikipedia article Maurice Chevalier, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Filmography

Acting (19 Credits)

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2001Backflash as FBI agent #3
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1974That's Entertainment! as (archive footage)
1965The Love Goddesses as (archive footage)
1963A New Kind of Love as Maurice Chevalier
1962In Search of the Castaways as Jacques Paganel
1961Fanny as Panisse
1960A Breath of Scandal as Prince Philip
1960Can-Can as Paul Barriere
1960Pepe as Maurice Chevalier
1958Gigi as Honoré Lachaille
1957Love in the Afternoon as Claude Chavasse
1947Le silence est d'or as Emile Clément
1934The Merry Widow as Count Danilo
1932Love Me Tonight as Maurice 'Baron' Courtelin
1932One Hour with You as Dr. Andre Bertier
1931The Smiling Lieutenant as Lt. Nikolaus 'Niki' von Preyn
1931The Stolen Jools as Maurice Chevalier
1929The Love Parade as Count Alfred Renard

Himself (3 Credits)

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1969The Sorrow and the Pity as Himself
1932Make Me a Star as Himself (uncredited)
1931Monkey Business as Himself (voice)

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