Maurice Chevalier



Place of birth:

Paris, France:


Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by the Germans. During his captivity he learned English from fellow prisoners. After the war he returned to the film business, and when "talkies" came into existence, Chevalier traveled to the US to break into Hollywood. In 1929 he was paired with operatic singer/actress Jeanette MacDonald to make The Love Parade (1929). Although Chevalier was attracted to the beautiful MacDonald and made several passes at her, she rejected him firmly, as she had designs on actor Gene Raymond, who she eventually married). He did not take rejection lightly, being a somewhat vain man who considered himself quite a catch, and derided MacDonald as a "prude". She, in turn, called him "the quickest derrière pincher in Hollywood". They made three more pictures together, the most successful being Love Me Tonight (1932). In the late 1930s he returned to Europe, making several films in France and England. World War II interrupted his career and he was dogged by accusations of collaboration with the Nazi authorities occupying France, but he was later vindicated. In the 1950s he returned to Hollywood, older and gray-headed. He made Gigi (1958), from which he took his signature songs, "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and "I Remember it Well". He also received a special Oscar that year. In the 1960s he made ke a few more films, and in 1970 he sang the title song for Walt Disney's The AristoCats (1970). This marked his last contribution to the film industry. Date of Death 1 January 1972, Paris, France  (cardiac arrest after surgery for a kidney problem)


Complicated Women (2003)
as Himself (archive footage)
Backflash (2002)
as FBI agent #3
That's Entertainment, Part II (1976)
as (archive footage)
That's Entertainment! (1974)
as Clip from 'Gigi' (archive footage)
Le chagrin et la pitié (1969)
as Himself
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
as Father Sylvain
Hollywood My Home Town (1965)
as Himself
I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)
as Philip Dulaine
Panic Button (1964)
as Phillippe
A New Kind of Love (1963)
as Maurice Chevalier
In Search of the Castaways (1962)
as Jacques Paganel
Jessica (1962)
as Father Antonio
1-2-3-4 ou Les collants noirs (1962)
as Who introduces
The Broadway of Lerner and Loewe (1962)
as Himself
Fanny (1961)
as Panisse
Pepe (1960)
as Himself
A Breath of Scandal (1960)
as Prince Philip
Can-Can (1960)
as Paul Barriere
Count Your Blessings (1959)
as Duc de St. Cloud
Gigi (1958)
as Honoré Lachaille
Love in the Afternoon (1957)
as Claude Chavasse
J'avais sept filles (1954)
as Comte André de Courvallon
Cento anni d'amore (1954)
as Massimo
Schlagerparade (1953)
as himself
Ma pomme (1950)
as Maurice Vallier dit 'Ma Pomme'
Le roi (1949)
as The King
Paris 1900 (1948)
as Himself (archive footage)
Le silence est d'or (1947)
as Emile Clément
Pièges (1939)
as Robert Fleury
Break the News (1938)
as François Verrier
L'homme du jour (1937)
as Alfred Boulard
Avec le sourire (1936)
as Victor Larnois
The Beloved Vagabond (1936)
as Gaston de Nerac 'Paragot'
Le vagabond bien-aimé (1936)
as Caston de Nerac
Le vagabond bien-aimé (1936)
as Gaston de Nerac
L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935)
as Eugene Charlier / Baron Cassini
Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)
as Eugene Charlier / Baron Fernand Cassini
The Merry Widow (1934)
as Count Danilo
The Way To Love (1933)
as François
A Bedtime Story (1933)
as Monsieur Rene
Love Me Tonight (1932)
as Maurice 'Baron' Courtelin
Make Me a Star (1932)
as Himself (uncredited)
One Hour with You (1932)
as Dr. Andre Bertier
The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
as Lt. Nikolaus 'Niki' von Preyn
The Stolen Jools (1931)
as Maurice Chevalier
Le petit café (1931)
as Albert Lorifian
Playboy of Paris (1930)
as Albert Loriflan
The Big Pond (1930)
as Pierre Mirande
Paramount On Parade (1930)
as Apache
The Love Parade (1929)
as Count Alfred Renard
Innocents of Paris (1929)
as Maurice Marney
Le royaume nain de Lilliput contre Gigas le long, prince des géants (1914)
La valse à la mode (1908)