Charles Boyer
Actor
Charles Boyer
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.
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"The Little One" Cost My Buddy $50...For His Ball Moving As He Addressed His Putt - Waggle Room
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Sometimes I hate "knowing" the Rules of Golf. That's because I sometimes get calls from friends involved in heated arguments out on the course who decide to call me to tell them what the Decisions on the
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Larry V. Boyer - The Missourian
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He is survived by his sons, Bobby Boyer and wife Kristen, De Soto, Charles Boyer and wife Stacey, Potosi, and James Boyer, Cadet; his mother, Dorothy Boyer, St. Clair; two brothers, John Boyer, Cadet, and Elmer Boyer and wife Kim, Old Mines;
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Good Morning From The PGA Championship - Waggle Room
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Hello from Atlanta, everyone! I am sitting inside a nice hotel in the suburb of Sandy Springs, definitely enjoying the air conditioning and ready supply of liquids that I am filing up with in preparation of
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McIlroy To Have MRI Tonight, Plans To Continue Playing in PGA - Waggle Room
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Rory McIlroy's wrist and arm will undergo an MRI this evening, and no doubt a thorough examination by one of the best orthapaedic surgons in the Atlanta area -- and with one of the world's leading teaching
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There Are Rules, but Then There Are Immutable Laws That Govern Golf - Waggle Room
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We all know it in the bottom of our heart, and many of us may not want to admit it out loud, but there are Laws that govern golf. These are not the rules of men, instead, think of them like the laws of
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Funding is down on California's college farms - Los Angeles Times
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At Cal State Fresno, state support to operate the campus' 1050-acre farm has fallen to about 25% of its total operating cost of nearly $6 million, said Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology
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Why Lucy Still Makes Us Laugh - Huffington Post
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Charles Boyer: Hires him to pretend he's Charles Boyer, then discovers he really is Charles Boyer after she squirts an orange in his eye. • Bob Hope: Accidentally mustards his hand when she sells him a hot dog at Yankee Stadium, distracting him just
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Why Tiger's Return Matters - Waggle Room
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Some golf fans, particularly those overseas and not in the US, are asking "what's the big deal about Tiger Woods returning to tournament play? It's not like he's been playing well or anything like it
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Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London - The Independent
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It's tucked in a cabinet and is of Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, marked up for retouching. A backroom worker has criss-crossed the areas that need work – stubble and hairy hands for him, crow's feet and a flabby jawline for her
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NC Man To Be First American To Play In Disabled British Open - Waggle Room
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It's said that golf is the game for everyone, and it is also said that it's a game where every player has to overcome many challenges to become a champion. And some people are champions before they ever set
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Around Town: Ian Birnie's swan song at LACMA and more - Los Angeles Times
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Saturday's 5 pm offering is Max Ophuls' 1953 French romance, "The Earrings of Madame de ... ," with Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux and Vittorio De Sica. Screening Saturday evening is Michelangelo Antonioni's 1960 masterwork, "L'Avventura" with Monica
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Saved By The Ball: Man Is Struck By Errant O'Hair Shot, Gets Diagnosed With Tumor - Waggle Room
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Getting struck by a flying golf ball is serious business, and it happens all the time, often to deleterious results. Sometimes, however, it can lead to the greatest stroke of serendipity possible: being
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Au Revoir, Bubba, Vous êtes un Américain Laid! - Waggle Room
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When in Rome, it's said that it is wise to do as the Romans do. Where-ever you are, however, it is always a good idea to be a gracious guest, something that was apparently lost on PGA Tour player Bubba Watson
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Jacobson Edges Moore For First PGA Tour Win - Waggle Room
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As Ryan Moore stood over a four foot putt today on the 18 green today at the Traveler's Championship, pretty much everyone watching expected a routine par and a probable playoff with Fredrick Jacobson
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Beware of the Curse of "The Next " - Waggle Room
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When great stars in a sport begin to age, as they all eventually do, the search for their replacement inevitably begins. No one wants to see a golden era end, so it's natural to look for the successor to
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Could Obama Be Impeached For Taking Two Bucks Off Of Biden? - Waggle Room
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When the Fabulous Foursome of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner and Ohio Governor played golf yesterday at Joint Base Andews in Maryland,
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1978
    Age 78
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was taken to the hospital in Phoenix, where he died. He was interred in Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, California, alongside his wife and son.
  • 1969
    Age 69
    He had a notable part as a corrupt city official in the 1969 film version of The Madwoman of Chaillot, featuring Katharine Hepburn.
    More Details Hide Details His last major film role in Hollywood was that of the High Lama in a poorly received musical version of Lost Horizon (1973). A year later, he gave a final outstanding performance in his native language as Baron Raoul in Alain Resnais's Stavisky (1974) For his contribution to the motion picture and television industries, Boyer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Blvd. Boyer was the star of Hollywood Playhouse on NBC in the 1930s, but he left in 1939 "for war service in France," returning on the January 3, 1940, broadcast. When he went on vacation in the summer of 1940, an item in a trade publication reported: "It is an open secret that he doesn't like the present policy of a different story and characters each week. Boyer would prefer a program in which he could develop a permanent characterization."
  • 1966
    Age 66
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album consisted of famous love songs sung (or rather spoken) with Boyer's distinctive deep voice and French accent. The record was reportedly Elvis Presley's favorite album for the last 11 years of his life, the one he most listened to. Later in life, he turned to character roles in such films as: Around the World in 80 Days (1956), How to Steal a Million (1966, featuring Audrey Hepburn), Is Paris Burning? (1966), and Casino Royale (1967).
  • 1964
    Age 64
    Another notable TV series, The Rogues, starred Boyer with David Niven and Gig Young; the show lasted through the 1964–1965 season.
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  • 1963
    Age 63
    He was also nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) in the 1963 Broadway production of Lord Pengo.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year Boyer performed in Man and Boy on the London and New York stage. Onscreen, he continued in older roles: in Fanny (1961) starring Leslie Caron; Barefoot in the Park (1967) with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda; and the French film Stavisky (1974, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo), the latter winning him the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, and also received the Special Tribute at Cannes Film Festival.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1957
    Age 57
    On 17 March 1957, he starred in an adaptation for TV of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, There Shall Be No Night, by Robert E. Sherwood.
    More Details Hide Details The performance starred Katharine Cornell, and was broadcast on NBC as part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame. He was nominated for the Golden Globe as Best Actor for the 1952 film The Happy Time; and also nominated for the Emmy for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work in Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956). 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. This is the act popularly known as Don Juan in Hell. In 1952, he won Broadway's 1951 Special Tony Award for Don Juan in Hell. It was directed by actor Charles Laughton. Laughton co-starred as the Devil, with Cedric Hardwicke as the statue of the military commander slain by Don Juan, and Agnes Moorehead as Dona Anna, the commander's daughter, one of Juan's former conquests. The production was a critical success, and was subsequently recorded complete by Columbia Masterworks, one of the first complete recordings of a non-musical stage production ever made. As of 2006, however, it has never been released on CD, but in 2009 it became available as an MP3 download. Boyer co-starred again with Claudette Colbert in the Broadway comedy The Marriage-Go-Round (1958–1960), but said to the producer, "Keep that woman away from me".
    He appeared as the mystery guest on the March 10, 1957 episode of What's My Line?
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  • 1956
    Age 56
    In 1956, Boyer was a guest star on I Love Lucy.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1948
    Age 48
    In 1948, he was made a chevalier of the French Légion d'honneur.
    More Details Hide Details When another film with Bergman, Arch of Triumph (1948), failed at the box office, he started looking for character parts. Apart from leads in several French films such as Max Ophüls' The Earrings of Madame de (1953, again with Danielle Darrieux) and Nana (1955, opposite Martine Carol), he also moved into television as one of the pioneering producers and stars of Four Star Theatre; Four Star Productions would make him and partners David Niven and Dick Powell rich.
  • 1947
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1945
    Age 45
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Boyer's vocal style was also parodied on the Tom and Jerry cartoons, most notably when Tom was trying to woo a female cat. (See The Zoot Cat). Boyer played in three classic film love stories: All This, and Heaven Too (1940) with Bette Davis; as the ruthless cad in Back Street (1941) with Margaret Sullavan; and Hold Back the Dawn (1941) with Olivia de Havilland and Paulette Goddard. In contrast to his glamorous image, Boyer began losing his hair early, had a pronounced paunch, and was noticeably shorter than leading ladies like Ingrid Bergman. When Bette Davis first saw him on the set of All This, and Heaven Too, she did not recognize him and tried to have him removed.
  • 1943
    Age 43
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Boyer never won an Oscar, though he was nominated for Best Actor four times in Conquest (1937), Algiers (1938), Gaslight (1944) and Fanny (1961), the latter also winning him a nomination for the Laurel Awards for Top Male Dramatic Performance. He is particularly well known for Gaslight in which he played a thief/murderer who tries to convince his newlywed wife that she is going insane.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1938
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although in the movie Boyer never said to costar Hedy Lamarr "Come with me to the Casbah," this line was in the movie trailer. The line would stick with him, thanks to generations of impressionists and Looney Tunes parodies.
  • 1936
    Age 36
    Until the early 1930s, Boyer mainly continued making French films, and Mayerling co-starring Danielle Darrieux in 1936 made him an international star.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by Orage (1938), opposite Michèle Morgan. The offscreen Boyer was bookish and private, far removed from the Hollywood high life. But onscreen he made audiences swoon as he romanced Katharine Hepburn in Break of Hearts (1935), Marlene Dietrich in his first Technicolor film, The Garden of Allah (1936), Jean Arthur in History Is Made at Night (1937), Greta Garbo in Conquest (1937), and Irene Dunne in Love Affair (1939).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1929
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At first, he performed film roles only for the money and found that supporting roles were unsatisfying. However, with the coming of sound, his deep voice made him a romantic star. His first Hollywood break came with a very small role in Jean Harlow's Red-Headed Woman (1932). After starring in a French adaptation of Liliom (1934) directed by Fritz Lang, he began to receive public favor; Boyer landed his first leading Hollywood role in the romantic musical Caravan (1934) with Loretta Young. Subsequently, he co-starred with Claudette Colbert in the psychiatric drama Private Worlds (1935).
  • 1920
    Age 20
    In 1920, his quick memory won him a chance to replace the leading man in a stage production, and he scored an immediate hit.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1920s, he not only played a suave and sophisticated ladies' man on the stage but also appeared in several silent films.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1899
    Born
    Born in 1899.
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