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Charles Boyer

Actor
Male
Born Aug 28, 1899
Hometown France
Died Aug 26, 1978
Death Place U.S.
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 9" (175 cm)
Nationality French

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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CHILDHOOD

1899 Birth Born on August 28, 1899.

TWENTIES

1920 20 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 29 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

THIRTIES

1934 34 Years Old His only marriage was to British actress Pat Paterson, whom he met at a dinner party in 1934. … Read More
1936 36 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 38 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

FORTIES

1943 43 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 45 Years Old Boyer's role as Pepe Le Moko was already world famous when animator Chuck Jones based the character of Pepe le Pew, the romantic skunk introduced in 1945's Odor-able Kitty, on Boyer and his most well-known performance. … Read More
1947 47 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 48 Years Old In 1948, he was made a chevalier of the French Légion d'honneur. … Read More

FIFTIES

1951 51 Years Old In 1951, he appeared on the Broadway stage in one of his most notable roles, that of Don Juan, in a dramatic reading of the third act of George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman. … Read More
1952 52 Years Old In 1952, he won Broadway's 1951 Special Tony Award for Don Juan in Hell. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1963 63 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 64 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 66 Years Old His career lasted longer than 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 69 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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