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Maurice Chevalier

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.

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Sep 12, 1888 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie La valse à la mode 1908-09-25
Latest Project:
Movie Les trésors de Marcel Pagnol 2019-06-05
Known For
Poster of The Sorrow and the Pity
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of Love in the Afternoon
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Movie Les trésors de Marcel Pagnol Unknown 2019-06-05
Movie Michel Legrand: Sans demi-mesure Unknown 2018-12-25
Movie Chita Rivera: A Lot Of Livin' To Do Himself (archive footage) 2015-11-06
Movie Complicated Women Himself (archive footage) 2003-05-06
Movie Backflash FBI agent #3 2002-01-22
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-16
Movie That's Entertainment! (archive footage) 1974-06-21
Movie The Sorrow and the Pity Himself 1969-09-18
Series The Dick Cavett Show Himself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Monkeys, Go Home! Father Sylvain 1967-02-08
Series ABC Stage 67 Unknown 1966-09-14
Movie The Love Goddesses Unknown 1965-03-03
Movie Hollywood My Home Town Himself 1965-12-31
Movie Panic Button Phillippe 1964-04-10
Movie I'd Rather Be Rich Philip Dulaine 1964-08-25
Series Der Sport-Spiegel self 1963-04-02
Movie A New Kind of Love Maurice Chevalier 1963-10-10
Movie The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe Himself 1962-02-11
Movie Black Tights Who introduces 1962-02-20
Movie In Search of the Castaways Jacques Paganel 1962-12-01
Movie Jessica Father Antonio 1962-04-19
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Movie Fanny Panisse 1961-06-28
Movie Can-Can Paul Barriere 1960-03-09
Movie Pepe Maurice Chevalier 1960-12-21
Movie A Breath of Scandal Prince Philip 1960-05-15
Movie Count Your Blessings Duc de St. Cloud 1959-04-23
Movie Gigi Honoré Lachaille 1958-04-15
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Movie Love in the Afternoon Claude Chavasse 1957-05-29
Series Tony Awards Recipient 1956-04-01
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie 100 Years of Love Massimo 1954-03-05
Movie J'avais sept filles Comte André de Courvallon 1954-11-29
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Schlagerparade himself 1953-11-03
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Just Me Maurice Vallier dit 'Ma Pomme' 1950-11-15
Movie A Royal Affair The King 1949-12-14
Movie Paris 1900 Himself (archive footage) 1948-02-25
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Silence Is Golden Emile Clément 1947-05-21
Movie Personal Column Robert Fleury 1939-12-16
Movie Break the News François Verrier 1938-01-02
Movie The Man of the Day Alfred Boulard 1937-01-02
Movie The Beloved Vagabond Gaston de Nerac 'Paragot' 1936-08-24
Movie Le vagabond bien-aimé Gaston de Nerac 1936-05-08
Movie With a Smile Victor Larnois 1936-12-03
Movie Folies Bergère de Paris Eugene Charlier / Baron Fernand Cassini 1935-02-22
Movie Folies Bergère Eugene Charlier / Baron Cassini 1935-05-09
Movie The Merry Widow Count Danilo 1934-11-02
Movie A Bedtime Story Monsieur Rene 1933-04-22
Movie The Way to Love François 1933-10-20
Movie One Hour with You Dr. Andre Bertier 1932-03-23
Movie Make Me a Star Himself (uncredited) 1932-07-01
Movie Love Me Tonight Maurice 'Baron' Courtelin 1932-08-18
Movie The Stolen Jools Maurice Chevalier 1931-04-04
Movie The House That Shadows Built (archive footage) 1931-07-08
Movie Le petit café Albert Lorifian 1931-01-20
Movie The Smiling Lieutenant Lt. Nikolaus 'Niki' von Preyn 1931-08-01
Movie Monkey Business Himself (voice) 1931-09-19
Movie The Love Parade Count Alfred Renard 1930-01-18
Movie Paramount on Parade Apache 1930-04-22
Movie Playboy of Paris Albert Loriflan 1930-10-18
Movie The Big Pond Pierre Mirande 1930-05-03
Movie Innocents of Paris Maurice Marney 1929-01-02
Movie Jim Bougne, boxeur Maurice 1923-06-15
Movie The Dwarf Kingdom of Lilliput Versus Gigas the Tall, Prince of the Giants Unknown 1914-10-18
Movie La valse à la mode Unknown 1908-09-25