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Charles Boyer

Knowledge Identifier: +Charles_Boyer


Charles Boyer

French actor who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976 add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1899.

Countries: United States (52%), France (23%), United Kingdom (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: David Niven, Four Star Television, Ronald Colman

Linked to: Four Star Television, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, NBC




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Charles Boyer was born in 1899 add something


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 add something


In 1920, his quick memory won him a chance to replace the leading man in a stage production, and he scored an immediate hit add something


In the 1920s, he not only played a suave and sophisticated ladies' man on the stage but appeared in several silent films add something


Lya Lys - In the late 1920s, Lya Lys was among a group of French actors that included Charles Boyer, André Berley and Mona Goya who were brought to Hollywood by MGM to work on films intended for the French market


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 add something


Until the early 1930s, Boyer mainly continued making French films, and "Mayerling" co-starring Danielle Darrieux in 1936 made him an international star add something


Marcel L'Herbier - L'Herbier's most successful film of the 1930s was "Le Bonheur" , , adapted from a play by Henri Bernstein, with Charles Boyer and Gaby Morlay in the leading roles


Billy Lee - Lee continued acting throughout the 1930s, appearing in a number of movies and working alongside some of Hollywood's finest, including, Lon Chaney Jr., Roy Rogers, Charles Boyer, Randolph_Scott, Olivia de Havilland, and Broderick Crawford


His only marriage was to British actress Pat Paterson, whom he met at a dinner party in 1934 add something


Francis Lederer - He won the lead opposite Katharine Hepburn in the 1935 film "Break of Hearts", but the producers replaced him with Charles Boyer


Torben Meyer - Two years later, in 1937, Meyer had a number of bit parts; as a servant in "Tovarich" starring Claudette Colbert, Charles Boyer and Basil Rathbone, as Raymond Massey's servant in "The Prisoner of Zenda" starring Ronald Colman in the title role and as Tyrone Power's chauffeur in Sonja Henie's "Thin Ice"


In 1938, he landed his famous role as $Pepe_le_Moko (Pépé_le_Moko), the thief on the run in "Algiers", an English-language remake of the classic French film "Pepe le Moko" with Jean Gabin add something


Pepe le Moko - The film was remade in America in 1938 as "Algiers", starring Hedy Lamarr and Charles Boyer, and again in 1948 as "Casbah", a musical starring Tony Martin, Märta Torén, Yvonne de Carlo, and Peter Lorre


John J. Mescall - Unfortunately, after the 1939 "weepie" "When Tomorrow Comes", starring Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer in their second film together, Mescall was limited to working in a series of forgettable films, except for the 1944 film-noir "Dark Waters", starring Merle Oberon, Franchot Tone, and Thomas Mitchell


Victor Francen - In 1940, he was introduced to American films by Charles Boyer and appeared in "Hold Back the Dawn" , "The Tuttles of Tahiti" , "Ten Gentlemen from West Point" , "Tales of Manhattan" , "Mission to Moscow" , "Madame Curie" , "The Desert Song" , "In Our Time" , "Passage to Marseille" , "The Mask of Dimitrios" , "The Conspirators" , "Confidential Agent" , "San Antonio" , "Devotion" , "Night and Day" , "The Beast with Five Fingers" , "The Beginning or the


Horace Francois Bastien Sebastiani de La - The 1940 drama film of the same starred Barbara O'Neil as Fanny, Charles Boyer as de Praslin, and Bette Davis as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, the governess


Boyer became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1942 add something


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 add something


Eddie Lawrence - His first confirmed radio appearance was on "Major Bowes Amateur Hour" in 1943, where he did World War II-themed comic impressions of Charles Boyer, Ronald_Colman, Roland Young and Clem McCarthy


Ella Raines - She became the first actor signed to the new production company he had formed with the actor Charles Boyer, "B-H Productions", and made her film debut in "Corvette K-225" in 1943


Zoltan Korda - Zoltan Korda spent the rest of his life in southern California, making another seven films including the acclaimed 1943 World War II drama, "Sahara" , for which he wrote the screenplay and which starred Humphrey Bogart, and "A Woman's Vengeance" with Charles Boyer and Jessica Tandy


Another famous role was in the 1944 mystery-thriller "Gaslight" opposite Ingrid Bergman add something


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 add something


Robert Buckner - As a producer, the Crewe, Virginia-born Buckner worked on the 1946 John Garfield film "Nobody Lives Forever", "Confidential Agent" with Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall, and "Mission to Moscow"


In 1948, he was made a "chevalier" of the French "Légion d'honneur" add something


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" add something


In 1952, he won Broadway's 1951 Special Tony award for "Don Juan in Hell" add something


Ida Lupino - In 1952, Lupino was invited to become the "fourth star" in Four Star Productions by Dick Powell, David Niven and Charles Boyer, after Joel McCrea and Rosalind Russell had dropped out of the company


Four Star Television - The company was founded in 1952 as "'Four Star Productions,"' by prominent Hollywood actors Dick Powell, David Niven, Joel McCrea, and Charles Boyer


In 1956, Boyer was a guest star on "I Love Lucy" add something


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 add something


La Parisienne (film) - "'La Parisienne"' is a 1957 French comedy film starring Brigitte Bardot, Charles Boyer and Henri Vidal, directed by Michel Boisrond


Garnet Mimms - In 1961, Mimms and Sam Bell from the Gainors left to form a new group, Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters, with Zola Pearnell and Charles Boyer


Maurice Chevalier - In 1961, he starred in the drama "Fanny" with Leslie Caron and Charles Boyer, an updated version of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy


Gregory Gaye - In 1962, portrayed a salesman in Vincente Minnelli's drama "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" starring Glenn Ford, Paul Lukas and Charles Boyer


He was nominated for the Tony award as Best Actor in the 1963 Broadway production of "Lord Pengo" add something


Gig Young - Later, he starred on the 1964-65 NBC series "The Rogues", sharing appearances on a rotating basis with David Niven and Charles Boyer in the Four Star Television production


He recorded a laid-back album called "Where Does Love Go-" in 1966 add something


He had a notable part as a corrupt city official in the 1969 film version of "The Madwoman of Chaillot", featuring Katharine Hepburn add something

Charles Boyer died in 1978 add something


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, Arizona add something


As of 2006, however, it has never been released on CD, but in 2009 it became available as an MP3 download add something