Gérard Oury

Film Director + Actor
Born Apr 29, 1919

Gérard Oury was a French film director, actor and writer. His real name was Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum.

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1919 Birth Born on April 29, 1919.


1945 26 Years Old After 1945 he re-started his career as an actor, performing in the theatre and in supporting roles in the cinema.


1959 40 Years Old Oury became a movie director in 1959 (The Itchy Palm) and gained his first success in 1961 with Crime Does Not Pay (Le crime ne paie pas).
1965 46 Years Old Joining André Bourvil and Louis de Funès as a comic duo, he burst into commercial filmmaking with 1965's The Sucker (Le corniaud). 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. … Read More


2006 87 Years Old 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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