Louis Jourdan

Louis Jourdan (born 19 June 1921) is a retired French film and television actor. He is known for his roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case (1947), Gigi (1958), The Best of Everything (1959), and Octopussy (1983). His final film before his retirement was The Year Of The Comet in 1992. Jourdan was born as Louis Gendre in Marseille, France in 1921, the son of Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Turkey, and Britain, and he studied acting at the École Dramatique. Jourdan made his film debut in 1939. Following the Nazi German occupation of France during World War II, Jourdan continued to make motion pictures, but after refusing to participate in Nazi propaganda films, he joined the French Resistance. His father was arrested by the Gestapo. On 11 March 1946, Jourdan married Berthe Frédérique, with whom he had his only child, a son. In 1947, Jourdan accepted an offer to appear in The Paradine Case, a drama directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Gregory Peck. In Hollywood, he became friends with several stars who shared his love of the game of croquet.


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