Charles Boyer

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Charles Boyer

Born

8/28/1897, Figeac, Lot, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Died

4/26/1978

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Biography

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The archetype of the debonair Frenchman, Charles Boyer became a star in Hollywood films in the 1930s, cementing his reputation after playing Napoleon opposite Greta Garbo in "Conquest" (also known as "Marie Walewska"). In the 1940s, he also became well-known for his appearances on Broadway, and, in the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Charles produced Flesh and Fantasy (1943) as well as a number of episodes of Four Star Playhouse.

    • Charles worked as a hospital orderly as a teenager in France during World War One, and often entertained wounded soldiers there with sketches he improvised himself.

    • Charles starred in the 1973 remake of the classic Lost Horizon (1937).

    • Charles was made a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1942.

    • Charles was almost removed from the set of All This and Heaven Too (1940) when filming began as Bette Davis did not recognize him, for he was not wearing his toupee at the and had a paunch stomach at the time.

    • Charles was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Dramatic Actor for his performance in Lord Pengo in 1963.

    • Charles was made a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1948.

    • Charles was nominated 4 times for the Oscar for Best Actor in Conquest (1937), Algiers (1938), Gaslight (1944) and Fanny (1961).

    • Charles had one son, Michael, born in 1944, that killed himself playing Russian Roulette after breaking up with his girlfriend on September 22, 1965, 14 years before Charles' own suicide.

    • Charles was half-bald by the time he was in his mid-20s, and wore a toupee for the films he starred in, but would not wear it out in public.

    • Charles' character of Pepe le Moko from Algiers (1938) was the inspiration for Charles Jones to create "Pepe le Pew" for Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes. Pepe even retains his line "Come with me to the casbah" from that film.

    • Charles was married only once, to Pat Patterson, from February 14, 1934 until her death, and then he died two days after.

    • Charles was vice-president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1964.

    • Charles won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for Stavisky (1974).

    • Charles was nominated for the Emmy for Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work in Four Star Playhouse in 1952.

    • Charles was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actor in The Happy Time (1952).

    • Charles has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for Motion Pictures at 6304 Hollywood Boulevard and one for Television at 6306 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Charles often wore lifts to make him appear taller on screen.

    • Charles was 5 feet 9 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Charles Boyer: That love at first sight should happen to me was life's most delicious revenge on a self-opinionated fool.

    • Charles Boyer: Mostly I've played other roles, but even when I've played other parts people see me differently. In America, when you have an accent, in the mind of the people they associate you with kissing hands and being gallant. I think that has harmed me, just as it has harmed me to be followed and plagued by a line I never said.

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