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“The King from the Juxebox,” a golf swing saxophonist and bandleader who was simply considered one of the biggest Artists ever by Rolling Rock Magazine. He discovered clarinet from his dad and performed both clarinet and piano semi-professionally until he used alto saxophone. He’s considered perhaps one of the most effective African-American musicians from the twentieth hundred years. Jordan was supposedly wedded to five females during the period of his lifestyle. He performed duets with Ella Fitzgerald if they had been both approaching in popularity.

Quick Facts


Full Name Louis Jourdan
Date Of Birth July 8, 1908
Died February 14, 2015, Beverly Hills, California, United States
Place Of Birth Brinkley, AR
Height 1.85 m, 1.85 m
Profession Saxophonist
Education Arkansas Baptist College
Nationality French, American
Spouse Berthe Frederique "Quique" Jourdan, Berthe Frederique "Quique" Jourdan
Children Louis Henry Jourdan
Parents Henry Gendre, Yvonne Gendre
Siblings Pierre Jourdan
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups Tympany Five
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Movies Gigi, Octopussy, The Paradine Case, Letter from an Unknown Woman, Swamp Thing, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Swan, Can-Can, The Return of Swamp Thing, The V.I.P.s, Year of the Comet, Madame Bovary, Julie, The Best of Everything, The Happy Time, Anne of the Indies, The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful, Made in Paris, Decameron Nights, Rue de l'Estrapade, A Flea in Her Ear, No Minor Vices, Count Dracula, Silver Bears, The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo, Bird of Paradise, To Commit a Murder, The Man in the Iron Mask, Run a Crooked Mile, Beverly Hills Madam, The Count of Monte Cristo, Dangerous Exile, La Comédie du bonheur, Les Petites du quai aux fleurs, Amazons of Rome, Premier rendez-vous, Fear No Evil, Ritual of Evil, The Sultans, Mathias Sandorf, The Heart of a Nation, Cervantes, L'Arlésienne, Counterforce, The Great American Beauty Contest, Grand Larceny, Le Corsaire, The More It Goes, the Less It Goes, Parade en sept nuits, The Beautiful Adventure, Double Deal
TV Shows Paris Precinct, The First Olympics: Athens 1896, The French Atlantic Affair
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Was good friends with his Julie (1956) co-star, Doris Day. They lived across the street (Crescent Drive) from each other in Beverly Hills, California.
2He appeared in two adaptations of Alexandre Dumas père's 1844 novel "The Count of Monte Cristo". He played the title character Edmond Dantès in The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo (1961) and his enemy Villefort in The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975).
3Brother of assistant director Robert Gendre.
4In 2010, Jourdon received the 'French Legion of Honor.' The French Ambassador to the U.S presented the medal in Los Angeles, California.
5His father was the manager of the Cannes Grand Hôtel during WW2.
6At the beginning of the 40's, he was engaged to Micheline Presle, whom he fist met during a holiday in St.Tropez in 1938. They were close to getting married at one point, but eventually broke up in a hard way. Jourdan took this so badly that, when he was reunited with Micheline in Twilight (1944), he refused to speak any word to her except for when they were in front of the camera. Micheline was initially irritated by this, but eventually ended up laughing at the whole thing.
7He is retired and living in Los Angeles, CA. [2012]
8Played Edmond Dantes in "The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo" (1961) and later played De Villefort in "The Count of Monte Cristo" (1975).
9He was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for his performance in the play, "13 Rue De L'Amour", at the Arlington Park Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10Only son, Louis Henry George Jourdan, was born October 6, 1951.
11According to an 1985 news article, he reads Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.
12Doesn't watch his own films.
13He grew up in the south of France with 2 brothers. Parents Yvonne Jourdan and Henry Gendre managed a string of hotels in Cannes, Nice, and Marseilles. He perfected his English by speaking to tourists.
14His wife is called 'Quique'. They were childhood sweethearts.
15It was he who found the body of his only child, Louis Henry, 29, in his Beverly Hills home. His son had suffered from depression and had apparently taken an overdose of drugs. The police labeled it a suicide, even though it may have been an accidental overdose.
16Played the Maurice Chevalier role in "Gigi" on stage at the age of 63. Chevalier was 70 and frail when he did the movie Gigi (1958).
17Older brother of director Pierre Jourdan.
18He has two stars on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame".
19Considered the best player in Darryl F. Zanuck's famous croquet circle.
20Part of his French Resistance work was to help publish and distribute newspapers for the Underground.
21He was a friend of Albert R. Broccoli
22His son, Louis Henry, committed suicide by drug overdose in 1981.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Year of the Comet1992Philippe
The Return of Swamp Thing1989Dr. Anton Arcane
Counterforce1988Kassar
Grand Larceny1987Charles Grand
Beverly Hills Madam1986TV MovieDouglas Corbin
Cover Up1984TV SeriesGeorge LeMare
The First Olympics: Athens 18961984TV Mini-SeriesBaron Pierre de Coubertin
Hotel1984TV SeriesAdam Vidocq
Double Deal1983Peter Sterling
Octopussy1983Kamal
Swamp Thing1982Arcane
Vega$1980-1981TV SeriesNicholas Rambeau
Aloha Paradise1981TV Series
Charlie's Angels1980TV SeriesDr. Redmont
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo1979TV SeriesDevil Bear / Chuck
The French Atlantic Affair1979TV Mini-SeriesCapt. Charles Girodt
Columbo1978TV SeriesPaul Gerard
Count Dracula1977TV MovieCount Dracula
Plus ça va, moins ça va1977Paul Tango
Silver Bears1977Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
The Man in the Iron Mask1977TV MovieD'Artagnan
The Count of Monte-Cristo1975TV MovieDe Villefort
Piange... il telefono1975
The Great American Beauty Contest1973TV MovieRalph Dupree
The F.B.I.1967-1971TV SeriesHenri Dulac / Col. Lorenz Tabor / Andre Vesalian
Ritual of Evil1970TV MovieDavid Sorell
Run a Crooked Mile1969TV MovieRichard Stuart
Fear No Evil1969TV MovieDr. David Sorell
To Die in Paris1968TV MovieColonel Bertine Westrex
The Name of the Game1968TV SeriesMario Lompardi
A Flea in Her Ear1968Henri Tournel
Young Rebel1967Cardinal Acquaviva
To Commit a Murder1967Charles Beaulieu
Les Sultans1966Laurent
Made in Paris1966Marc Fontaine
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesPhillippe Dutra / Phillipe Tabor
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesColonel Bertine
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesKurt Von Hecht
Irma la Douce1963Narrator (voice, uncredited)
The V.I.P.s1963Marc Champselle
Mathias Sandorf1963Le comte Mathias Sandorf
Dark Journey1962Paul
Disorder1962Tom
The Story of the Count of Monte Cristo1961Edmond Dantès Comte de Monte Cristo
Amazons of Rome1961Drusco
ITV Play of the Week1960TV SeriesMr. Manningham
Can-Can1960Philipe Forrestier
The Best of Everything1959David Savage
Kovacs on Music1959TV MovieSinger
General Electric Theater1958TV SeriesAngeli
Gigi1958Gaston Lachaille
Dangerous Exile1957Duke Philippe de Beauvais
Escapade1957Frank Raphaël
Love in the Afternoon1957Narrator (uncredited)
The Ford Television Theatre1956-1957TV SeriesCount Lupo-Pietro / Charles
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series
Her Bridal Night1956Michel
Julie1956Lyle Benton
The Swan1956Dr. Nicholas Agi
Celebrity Playhouse1956TV Series
Climax!1955TV SeriesPierre Mendes-France
Studio One in Hollywood1955TV SeriesMarc
Paris Precinct1955TV SeriesInsp. Beaumont / Inspecteur Beaumont / Inspector Beaumont
The Elgin Hour1954TV SeriesBen Cory
Three Coins in the Fountain1954Prince Dino di Cessi
Robert Montgomery Presents1954TV Series
Rue de l'Estrapade1953Henri Laurent
Decameron Nights1953Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / ...
A String of Blue Beads1953TV MoviePeter
The Happy Time1952Uncle Desmond Bonnard
Anne of the Indies1951Captain Pierre François LaRochelle
Bird of Paradise1951Andre Laurence
Madame Bovary1949Rodolphe Boulanger
No Minor Vices1948Octavio Quaglini
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948Stefan Brand
The Paradine Case1947Andre Latour
La vie de bohème1945Rodolphe Rodolfo
Twilight1944Robert de Ligny
Les petites du quai aux fleurs1944Francis
Immortal France1943Christian (uncredited)
La belle aventure1942André d'Éguzon
L'arlésienne1942Frédéri
Parade en 7 nuits1941Freddy Richard, le clown du cirque Romani
Her First Affair1941Pierre Rougemont
Ecco la felicità1940Fédor
La comédie du bonheur1940Fédor
Le corsaire1939

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentary performer: "The Night They Invented Champagne", "Gigi" - uncredited
That's Entertainment! III1994Documentary performer: "Gigi" 1958 - uncredited
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "Gigi" 1958 - uncredited
Made in Paris1966performer: "Paris Lullaby"
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Can-Can1960performer: "Live and Let Live", "You Do Something to Me", "Live and Let Live" reprise, "It's All Right With Me" reprise
Gigi1958performer: "It's a Bore", "Waltz at Maxim's She Is Not Thinking of Me", "The Night They Invented Champagne", "Gaston's Soliloquy", "Gigi" - uncredited
Letter from an Unknown Woman1948performer: "Un sospiro" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bond Rescues Octopussy Storyboard Sequence2006VideoHimself (voice)
The 3 Tenors in Concert 19941994TV SpecialAudience - Himself (uncredited)
Bob Hope's Birthday Spectacular in Paris1989TV SpecialHimself
Àngel Casas Show1988TV SeriesHimself
Grace Kelly: The American Princess1987Video documentaryHimself (co-star)
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1985TV SpecialHimself
Salute to Lady Liberty1984TV Movie documentaryHimself
Welcome to Los Angeles: A Party for Julio Iglesias1983TV MovieHimself
Romance Theatre1982-1983TV SeriesHimself - Host
James Bond in India1983Video documentary shortHimself
Stars1981TV SeriesHimself
Directions1975TV SeriesHimself - Narrator
Billy Wilder1970TV Movie documentaryHimself
The American National Theater of Arts Academy Honors Laurence Olivier1970TV MovieHimself - Host
Gala de l'Unicef1966TV SeriesHimself
What's My Line?1954-1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist / Himself - Mystery Guest
The Hollywood Palace1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
I've Got a Secret1964TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Judy Garland Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1963TV SeriesHimself
The Timex Show1959TV MovieHimself (host)
Premier Khrushchev in the USA1959DocumentaryHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
Accent on Love1959TV MovieHimself - Host
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1959TV Series
Playhouse 901956TV SeriesHimself
The Martha Raye Show1954TV SeriesHimself
Your Show of Shows1954TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2016TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The Vampire Lovers: The Making of 'State of Decay'2009Video documentary shortCount Dracula
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Matter of Time2007Video documentaryCount Dracula
Danielle Darrieux, une vie de cinéma2007TV MovieHimself
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Biography2002-2004TV Series documentaryCount Dracula in 'count Dracula' / Michel in 'The Immoralist'
Inside 'Octopussy'2000Video documentary shortKamal Khan
The James Bond Story1999TV Movie documentaryKamal (uncredited)
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files1997TV Movie documentaryKamal Khan (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryStefan Brand, 'Letter to an Unknown Woman' (uncredited)
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clips from 'The Swan' / 'Gigi' (uncredited)
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryKamal
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from "Gigi"
From Paris: Your Reporter Richard Crenna1966Documentary shortMarc Fontaine in 'Made in Paris'
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
MGM Parade1956TV SeriesDr. Nicholas Agi
The Ed Sullivan Show1952TV SeriesHimself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 6445 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingOn 8 February 1960. At 6153 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actor - Comedy or MusicalGigi (1958)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Musical PerformanceGigi (1958)


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#Quote
1Any actor who comes here with an accent is automatically put in roles as a lover. I didn't want to be perpetually cooing in a lady's ear.
2I'm proud to be a Frenchman, but I resent the image people have of the stupid, continental charmer. Against that type of role I fight pitilessly.
3When one has been married over thirty years, of course it would be absurd not to admit there have been some difficulties, at some times. But the important thing is that we have weathered them.
4I would rather be called a character actor than a star.
5I never see my movies. 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.
6There are actors in this town who made important careers for a long, long period just by taking the parts that Cary Grant turned down.
7I didn't want to be perpetually cooing in a lady's ear. There's not much satisfaction in it.
8[Speaking of Gregory Peck] He can be funny, which is fortunate; otherwise such perfection would be unbearable.

#Trademark
1Often played dashing and charming characters

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