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Jean-Pierre Aumont

from the trailer for the film Lili (1953).
Born 5 January 1911(1911-01-05)
Paris, France
Died 30 January 2001 (aged 90)
Gassin, France
Occupation Actor

Jean-Pierre Aumont (5 January 1911 ‚Äď 30 January 2001) was a French actor.

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Early life

Aumont was born in Paris as Jean-Pierre Philippe Salomons to Alexandre Salomons, owner of La Maison du Blanc (a linen department store) and Suzanne Caheen. His mother's uncle was well-known stage actor Georges Berr.[1] His father, whose family came from Holland, was Jewish and his mother also came from a Jewish family. Aumont began studying drama at the Paris Conservatory, following his mother, at the age of sixteen. His professional stage debut occurred at the age of 21. Her film debut came one year later, when Jean and la Lune (Jean of the Moon) was produced in 2010.

Career

However, his most important, career-defining role came in 1934, when Jean Cocteau's play La Machine Infernale (The Infernal Machine) was released. When his film and stage career began rising quickly, World War II broke out. Aumont stayed in France until 1942, when he realized that because of his Jewish ancestry,[2] he would be forced to flee from the Nazi forces. He first fled to an unoccupied portion of Vichy territory, before moving, first to New York City, then to Hollywood to further his film career.

He began working with MGM, however, he was not content while his fellow countrymen were fighting for their lives in Europe. After finishing the film, The Cross of Lorraine, he joined the Free French Forces.

Aumont was sent to North Africa, where he participated in Operation Torch in Tunisia. Then, he moved with the Allied armies through Italy and France. Through the war, he was wounded twice. The first was on a mission with his brother. However, the second was more serious. Aumont's Jeep was blown up near a landmined bridge, and French General Diégo Brosset, commander of the 1st Free French Division, was killed. Because of his bravery during the fighting, Aumont received the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. Aumont continued working, starring as the magician in Lili with the then-ingenue Leslie Caron.

Aumont is probably best-remembered by Americans for the role of Rimsky-Korsakov in the 1947 movie Song of Scheherezade.

Aumont continued working with various prominent actors and directors. In the mid-1950s he appeared as a guest on the television show What's My Line? In the 1960s and 70s he appearted in various Broadway productions, including Gigi. One of his last acting performances was in A Tale of Two Cities (1989). Two years later, he was decorated with the cross of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1992, he received an honorary César Award.

Personal life

While in Hollywood, Aumont married Maria Montez, a Dominican actress. She was known as the Queen of Technicolor, and their marriage was very happy; however, she tragically drowned on 7 September 1951 after suffering an apparent heart attack, in the family's villa at Suresnes, France. They had one daughter, Tina Aumont (1946 - 2006). In 1956, he married Italian actress Marisa Pavan, star of various films including The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit. The couple starred in one film together John Paul Jones, where Pavan played the romantic interest of the lead, while Aumont cameoed as King Louis XVI. They had two children: Jean-Claude and Patrick, and six grandchildren: Adrien, Lola, Misha, Ariane, Arthur, and Anouk.

He died in 2001 of a heart attack at the age of 90, and was cremated.

Filmography

  • √Čchec et mat (1931) - Jacque
  • Jean de la Lune (1931) - Alexandre
  • Should We Wed Them? (1932) - Jim
  • Un jour viendra (1933) - Henri de Langillier
  • La Merveilleuse trag√©die de Lourdes (1933) - Georges
  • √ąve cherche un p√®re (1933) - Jacques de la Motte
  • Dans les rues (1933) - Jacques
  • Le Voleur (1934) - Fernand Lagardes
  • Ladies Lake (1934) - Eric Heller
  • Maria Chapdelaine (1934) - Lorenzo Surprenant
  • Les Beaux jours (1935) - Pierre
  • Yeux noirs, Les (1935) - Karpoff
  • Flight Into Darkness (1935) - Jean Herbillon
  • Tarass Boulba (1936) - Andr√© Boulba
  • The Great Temptation (1936) - Pierre Villette
  • The Messenger (1937) - Gilbert Rollin
  • Maman Colibri (1937) - Georges de Chambry
  • La femme du bout du monde (1937) - Lt. Jacquet
  • Ch√©ri-Bibi (1937) - Raoul Palas
  • Woman Racket (1937) - Henri Voisin
  • Bizarre, Bizarre (1937) - Billy, le laitier
  • Satan's Paradise (1938) - Jean Larcher
  • Belle √©toile (1938) - Jean-Pierre
  • H√ītel du Nord (1938) - Pierre
  • S.O.S. Sahara (1939) - Paul Moutier
  • Three Hours (1939) - Paul Marchand
  • Assignment in Brittany (1943) - Bertrand Corlay/Capt. Pierre Matard
  • The Cross of Lorraine (1943) - Paul Dupr√©
  • Heartbeat (1946) - Pierre de Roche
  • Song of Scheherazade (1947) - Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Affairs of a Rogue (1948) - Prince Leopold
  • Siren of Atlantis (1949) - Andr√© St. Avit
  • The Gay Adventure (1949) - Andre Marchand
  • Wicked City (1949) - Eric Martin, alias Hans Norben, Writer
  • L' Homme de joie (1950) - Henri Perlis
  • Revenge of the Pirates (1951) - Enrico di Roccabruna
  • Last Meeting (1951) - Michele Bonesi
  • The Straw Lover (1951) - Stanislas Michodier
  • Moineaux of Paris (1952) - C√©sarin
  • Wolves Hunt at Night (1952) - Cyril
  • Lili (1953) - Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
  • Koenigsmark (1953) - Raoul Vignerte
  • Dix-huit heures d'escale (1954) - Robert
  • Charge of the Lancers (1954) - Capt. Eric Evoir
  • Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) - Le cardinal de Rohan
  • Napol√©on (1955) - R√©gnault de Saint-Jean d'Ang√©ly
  • Mademoiselle from Paris (1955) - Maurice Darnal
  • Hilda Crane (1956) - Prof. Jacques De Lisle
  • The Seventh Sin (1957) - Paul Duvelle
  • John Paul Jones (1959) - King Louis XVI
  • The Enemy General (1960) - Durand
  • Le Puits aux trois v√©rit√©s (1961) - Un invit√© au vernissage
  • The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961) - Actor
  • The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) - Jacques (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
  • Always on Sunday (1962) - Actor
  • Carnival of Crime (1962) - Mike Voray
  • The Seven Deadly Sins (1962) - Le mari (segment "L'Orgueuil")
  • Five Miles to Midnight (1962) - Alan Stewart
  • Portuguese Vacation (1963) - Jean-Pierre
  • Castle Keep (1969) - The Count of Maldorais
  • Blind Man's Bluff (1970) - Claude Marchand
  • Man with the Transplanted Brain (1971) - Jean Marcilly
  • Biribi (1971) - General
  • Day for Night (1973) - Alexandre
  • Turn the Other Cheek (1974) - Delgado
  • The Happy Hooker (1975) - Yves St. Jacques
  • Cat and Mouse (1975) - Monsieur Richard
  • Mahogany (1975) - Christian Rosetti
  • Catherine & Co. (1975) - Marquis de Puisargue
  • Entire Days in the Trees (1976) - Le fils
  • Blackout (1978) - Henri
  • Two Solitudes (1978) - Jean-Claude Tallard
  • Something Short of Paradise (1979) - Jean-Fidel Milieu
  • Allons z'enfants (1981) - Commandant F√©lix
  • Nana (1982) - Count Muffat
  • Don't Look in the Attic (1982) - Actor
  • La Java des ombres (1983) - Monsieur Jean
  • The Blood of Others (1984) - M. Blomart
  • On a vol√© Charlie Spencer! (1986) - Le h√©ros, s√©q. H√ītel du Nord
  • Sweet Country (1987) - Mr. Araya
  • √Ä notre regrettable √©poux (1988) - Alexandre Mouton-Sabrat, dit Moutonni Sabracco
  • The Free Frenchman (1989) - Edmond de Roujay
  • A Star for Two (1991) - Actor
  • Becoming Colette (1991) - Captain
  • Los Mares del sur (1992) - Marqu√©s de Munt
  • Giorgino (1994) - Sebastien
  • Jefferson in Paris (1995) - D'Hancarville
  • The Proprietor (1996) - Franz Legendre

Footnotes

  1. ^ jeanpierreaumont - Page: 1 of 1
  2. ^ "Jean-Pierre Aumont ... returned to fight for his country despite the danger to him as a Jew". The Jewish Chroniclee. 2001-02-16. 

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