Charles Boyer

Born Aug 28, 1899

Charles Boyer was a French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. After receiving an education in drama, Boyer became a star of 1920s French theater, but he found his greatest success in American movies during the 1930s. His memorable performances were among the era's most highly praised in romantic dramas such as Conquest (1937), Algiers (1938), and Love Affair (1939). Another famous role was in the 1944 mystery-thriller Gaslight.… Read More

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1899 Birth Born in 1899.


1920 21 Years Old In 1920, his quick memory won him a chance to replace the leading man in a stage production, and he scored an immediate hit. … Read More


1929 30 Years Old MGM signed Boyer to a contract, and he loved life in the United States, but nothing much came of his first American stay from 1929 to 1931. … Read More
1936 37 Years Old Until the early 1930s, Boyer mainly continued making French films, and Mayerling co-starring Danielle Darrieux in 1936 made him an international star. … Read More
1938 39 Years Old In 1938, he landed his famous role as Pepe le Moko, the thief on the run in Algiers, an English-language remake of the classic French film Pepe le Moko with Jean Gabin. … Read More


1943 44 Years Old In 1943, he was awarded an Honorary Oscar Certificate for "progressive cultural achievement" in establishing the French Research Foundation in Los Angeles as a source of reference (certificate). … Read More
1945 46 Years Old Boyer's role as Pepe Le Moko was already world famous when animator Chuck Jones based the character of Pepé Le Pew, the romantic skunk introduced in 1945's Odor-able Kitty, on Boyer and his most well-known performance. … Read More
1947 48 Years Old In 1947, he was the voice of Capt. Daniel Gregg in the Lux Radio Theater's presentation of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, played in the film by Rex Harrison.
1948 49 Years Old In 1948, he was made a chevalier of the French Légion d'honneur. … Read More


1956 57 Years Old In 1956, Boyer was a guest star on I Love Lucy.
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He appeared as the mystery guest on the March 10, 1957 episode of What's My Line?


1963 64 Years Old He was also nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) in the 1963 Broadway production of Lord Pengo. … Read More
1964 65 Years Old Another notable TV series, The Rogues, starred Boyer with David Niven and Gig Young; the show lasted through the 1964–1965 season.
1966 67 Years Old His career lasted longer than that of other romantic actors, winning him the nickname "the last of the cinema's great lovers." He recorded a laid-back album called Where Does Love Go in 1966. … Read More
1969 70 Years Old He had a notable part as a corrupt city official in the 1969 film version of The Madwoman of Chaillot, featuring Katharine Hepburn. … Read More
1978 79 Years Old On 26 August 1978, two days after his wife's death from cancer, and two days before his own 79th birthday, Boyer committed suicide with an overdose of Seconal while at a friend's home in Scottsdale. … Read More
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