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Gérard Oury

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gérard Oury (29 April 1919 – 20 July 2006) was a French film director, actor and writer. His real name was Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum. The son of Serge Tannenbaum, a violinist, and Marcelle Houry, a journalist, Oury studied at Lycée Janson de Sailly and at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. He became a member of the Comédie-Française just one year before World War II, but fled to Switzerland to escape the anti-Jewish persecutions by the Vichy government. After 1945 he restarted his career as an actor, performing in the theatre and in supporting roles in the cinema. Oury became a movie director in 1959 (The Itchy Palm (fr)) and gained his first success in 1961 with Crime Does Not Pay (Le crime ne paie pas). Joining André Bourvil and Louis de Funès as a comic duo, he burst into commercial filmmaking with 1965's The Sucker (Le corniaud). The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.[1] The following year, Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! (La Grande Vadrouille) was even more successful, attracting the largest audiences ever in France (17.27 million admissions). This box-office record stood for decades, only surpassed in 1997 by Titanic from James Cameron. Oury shot the 1969 comedy Le Cerveau (The Brain) in English, starring David Niven in the lead role as a criminal mastermind. Living together with the French actress Michèle Morgan, he was the father of French writer Danièle Thompson and grandfather of actor/writer Christopher Thompson. He died aged 87 in Saint-Tropez on 20 July 2006.

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Apr 29, 1919 In Paris, France
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Antoine and Antoinette 1947-09-27
Latest Project:
Series Vivement dimanche 1998-09-20
Known For
Poster of Vivement dimanche
Poster of The Prize
Poster of The Journey
Poster of Les Marines
Series Vivement dimanche self 1998-09-20
Movie A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later un spectateur 1986-05-13
Series Champs-Elysées Unknown 1982-01-16
Movie The Prize Claude Marceau 1963-12-25
Movie The Journey Teklel Hafouli 1959-02-11
Movie Back to the Wall Jacques Decrey 1958-03-07
Movie Seventh Heaven Maurice Portal 1958-03-05
Movie The Mirror Has Two Faces docteur Bosc 1958-10-15
Movie Les Marines Récitant (voice) 1957-01-01
Movie Méfiez-vous fillettes Marcel Palmer 1957-07-04
Movie House of Secrets Julius Pindar 1956-10-23
Movie The Best Part Unknown 1955-12-30
Movie Les héros sont fatigués Villeterre 1955-09-12
Movie Loves of Three Queens Napoleon Bonaparte (segment: Napoleon and Josephine) 1954-01-01
Movie The Fate of Two Queens Napoleon Bonaparte 1954-01-01
Movie They Who Dare Captain George Two 1954-02-02
Movie Woman of the River Enzo Cinti 1954-01-01
Movie Father Brown Inspector Dubois 1954-06-08
Movie Endless Horizons 1953-04-26
Movie Sea Devils Napoleon 1953-05-23
Movie The Heart of the Matter Yusef 1953-11-03
Movie The Sword and the Rose Dauphin of France 1953-07-23
Movie Le costaud des Batignolles Commentator 1952-04-30
Movie The Night Is My Kingdom Lionel Moreau 1951-08-09
Movie Sans laisser d'adresse Un journaliste 1951-01-17
Movie Mr. Peek-a-Boo Maurice 1951-04-06
Movie Jo la Romance Unknown 1949-03-04
Movie Du Guesclin Le Dauphin 1949-06-03
Movie Antoine and Antoinette Le Client Galant 1947-09-27