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Louis Jourdan (1921–2015)

Louis Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France, to Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Britain, and Turkey. He trained as an actor with René Simon at the École Dramatique. He debuted on screen in 1939, going on to play cultivated, polished, dashing lead roles in a number of French ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1992 Year of the Comet
 1989 The Return of Swamp Thing
Dr. Anton Arcane
 1988 Escuadrón
 1987 Grand Larceny (TV Movie)
Charles Grand
 1986 Beverly Hills Madam (TV Movie)
Douglas Corbin
 1984 Cover Up (TV Series)
George LeMare
- Pilot (1984) ... George LeMare
 1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV Mini-Series)
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
- Part 2 (1984) ... Baron Pierre de Coubertin
- Part 1 (1984) ... Baron Pierre de Coubertin
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Adam Vidocq
- Prisms (1984) ... Adam Vidocq
 1983 Double Deal
Peter Sterling
 1983 Octopussy
Kamal Khan
 1982 Swamp Thing
 1980-1981 Vega$ (TV Series)
Nicholas Rambeau
- French Twist (1981) ... Nicholas Rambeau
- The Lido Girls (1980) ... Nicholas Rambeau
 1980 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Dr. Paul Redmont
- Nips and Tucks (1980) ... Dr. Paul Redmont
 1979 The French Atlantic Affair (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Capt. Charles Girodt
 1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (TV Series)
Devil Bear / Chuck
- The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear (1979) ... Devil Bear / Chuck (voice)
 1978 Columbo (TV Series)
Paul Gerard
- Murder Under Glass (1978) ... Paul Gerard
 1977 Count Dracula (TV Movie)
Count Dracula
 1977 Plus ça va, moins ça va
Paul Tango
 1977 Silver Bears
Prince Gianfranco di Siracusa
 1977 The Man in the Iron Mask (TV Movie)
 1975 Piange... il telefono
Alberto Landi
 1975 The Count of Monte-Cristo (TV Movie)
De Villefort
 1973 The Great American Beauty Contest (TV Movie)
Ralph Dupree
 1967-1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Henri Dulac / Col. Lorenz Tabor / Andre Vesalian
- The Minerva Tapes (1971) ... Henri Dulac
- Wind It Up and It Betrays You (1968) ... Col. Lorenz Tabor
- Rope of Gold (1967) ... Andre Vesalian
 1970 Ritual of Evil (TV Movie)
David Sorell
 1969 Run a Crooked Mile (TV Movie)
Richard Stuart
 1969 Fear No Evil (TV Movie)
Dr. David Sorell
 1968 To Die in Paris (TV Movie)
Colonel Bertine Westrex
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Mario Lompardi
- Lola in Lipstick (1968) ... Mario Lompardi
 1968 A Flea in Her Ear
Henri Tournel
 1967 Cervantes
Cardinal Acquaviva
 1967 In de Huid van een Ander
Charles Beaulieu
 1966 Les Sultans
 1966 Made in Paris
Marc Fontaine
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Phillippe Dutra / Phillipe Tabor
- Clash of Cymbals (1964) ... Phillippe Dutra
- War of Nerves (1964) ... Phillipe Tabor
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Colonel Bertine
- Graffiti (1964) ... Colonel Bertine
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Kurt Von Hecht
- A Place to Belong (1964) ... Kurt Von Hecht
 1963 The V.I.P.s
Marc Champselle
 1963 Irma la Douce
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1963 Mathias Sandorf
Le comte Mathias Sandorf
 1962 Leviathan
 1962 Il disordine
 1961 De Wraak van Monte Christo
Edmond Dantès / Comte de Monte Cristo
 1961 Le vergini di Roma
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Mr. Manningham
- Gaslight (1960) ... Mr. Manningham
 1960 Can-Can
Philipe Forrestier
 1959 The Best of Everything
David Savage
 1959 Kovacs on Music (TV Movie)
 1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The Falling Angel (1958) ... Angeli
 1958 Gigi
Gaston Lachaille
 1957 Dangerous Exile
Duke Philippe de Beauvais
 1957 Escapade
Frank Raphaël
 1957 Love in the Afternoon
Narrator (uncredited)
 1956-1957 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Count Lupo-Pietro / Charles
- The Man Who Beat Lupo (1957) ... Count Lupo-Pietro
- Journey by Moonlight (1956) ... Charles
 1956 Chevron Hall of Stars (TV Series)
 1956 De bruid is niet bleu
 1956 Julie
Lyle Benton
 1956 De zwaan
Dr. Nicholas Agi
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
 1955 Paris Precinct (TV Series)
Insp. Beaumont
- Police Headquarters (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- A Thief Gets Robbed (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- The Book Keeper (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- Episode #2.15 (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
- Episode #2.14 (1955) ... Insp. Beaumont
 1955 Climax! (TV Series)
Pierre Mendes-France
- The Escape of Mendes-France (1955) ... Pierre Mendes-France
 1955 Studio One (TV Series)
- Passage of Arms (1955) ... Marc
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Ben Cory
- Warm Clay (1954) ... Ben Cory
 1954 Three Coins in the Fountain
Prince Dino di Cessi
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Wages of Fear (1954)
 1953 A String of Blue Beads (TV Movie)
 1953 Rue de l'Estrapade
Henri Laurent
 1953 Decameron Nights
Giovanni Boccaccio / Paganino / Giulio / ...
 1952 The Happy Time
Uncle Desmond Bonnard
 1951 De Vrijbuitster der Antillen
Captain Pierre François LaRochelle
 1951 Bird of Paradise
Andre Laurence
 1949 Madame Bovary
Rodolphe Boulanger
 1948 No Minor Vices
Octavio Quaglini
 1948 Letter from an Unknown Woman
Stefan Brand
 1947 The Paradine Case
Andre Latour
 1945 La vie de bohème
Rodolphe / Rodolfo
 1944 Félicie Nanteuil
Robert de Ligny
 1943 Onsterfelijk Frankrijk
Christian (uncredited)
 1942 De ontvoerde bruid
André d'Éguzon
 1942 L'arlésienne
 1941 Parade en 7 nuits
Freddy Richard - le clown du cirque Romani
 1941 Het eerste rendez-vous
Pierre Rougemont
 1940 Ecco la felicità
 1940 La comédie du bonheur
 1939 Le corsaire
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever", Boston, MA. NOTE: Was replaced by his understudy, - Boston, MA Was cast as the original male lead, but was replaced by his understudy, John Cullum (I). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Louis Gendre


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

When 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. See more »


Jordan and fellow French actor Gerard Philipe attended the same school in Cannes and were both the offspring of local hotel owners. See more »


Often played dashing and charming characters

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