“Gigi” actor Louis Jourdan died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Variety reported. He was 93. For decades, he claimed the niche of the quintessential Frenchman in Hollywood, though it wasn’t a typecast he enjoyed.
"I never see my movies," he told People in 1985. "When they're on television I click them away. Hollywood created an image and I long ago reconciled myself with it. I was the French cliché."
But his friend and biographer Oliver Minnie remembered him in a different way. “He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” Minnie told Variety.
The musical “Gigi,” one of the film’s for which Jourdan was best known, won nine Oscars. He is also known for the 1983 James Bond movie “Octopussy,” the 1948 hit “Letters from an Unknown Woman” and the 1982 horror film “Swamp Thing,” according to the Internet Movie Database.
Jourdan, whose real last name was Gendre, was nominated for one Golden Globe for his work in “Gigi.” He received a star on the Walk of Fame in 1960. In memory of Jourdan, some clips from his work have been posted below:
Jourdan was regarded as a “charming” Bond villain when he played Kamal Khan in “Octopussy.”
Check out two scenes from "Gigi." The Frenchman shined when he sang “Thank Heaven" and "The Night They Invented Champagne."
Jourdan also made a name for himself for his work on the BBC’s “Count Dracula.”
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