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Louis Jourdan Dies: Star of 'Gigi,' 'Octopussy' Was 93

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 08:33 AM

Actor Louis Jourdan, best known as the star of the Oscar-winning musical "Gigi" and James Bond's villainous foe in "Octopussy," died on Saturday. He was 93.

Jourdan died at his home in Los Angeles, his biographer Olivier Minne told the BBC News.

The French-born Jourdan came to the United States in the 1940s and landed several character roles in Hollywood, and was known for his dark wavy hair, reported the Washington Post.

"For his English-language debut, Mr. Jourdan won favorable reviews playing a mysterious young valet in Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Paradine Case' (1947)," wrote the Post's Adam Bernstein. "He brought a sinister edge to a Viennese pianist who romances and wrongs Joan Fontaine in 'Letter From an Unknown Woman' (1948) and was the aristocratic lover to Jennifer Jones in a sumptuous production of 'Madame Bovary' (1949), based on the Gustave Flaubert novel."

While "Gigi," a musical romantic comedy in which Jourdan played the lead as Gaston Lachaille, was wildly successful with nine Academy Award wins in 1959, including best picture, Jourdan reportedly said he did not consider it his best movie, noted the BBC News.

"It was a wonderful story for Leslie and Maurice Chevalier, but I played a colorless leading man," said Jourdan. "You'll note that none of the actors was nominated for Academy Awards."

The New York Times noted that Jourdan was recognized with a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in "Gigi" that year.

The Times wrote that Jourdan would return to Europe for movie projects when he was not shooting in Hollywood, including Jacques Becker's "Rue de l'Estrapade" in 1953. Jourdan performed on Broadway in 1954 in an adaptation of André Gide's novel "The Immoralist," only to find himself upstaged by supporting cast member James Dean, noted the Times.

In his later years, Jourdan took on darker roles as the villain, such as Dr. Anton Arcane in Wes Craven's "Swamp Thing" in 1982 and the sequel "The Return of Swamp Thing" in 1989, noted the Times. He was best remembered as Kamal Khan, James Bond's foe in "Octopussy" in 1983.

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Actor Louis Jourdan, best known as the star of the Oscar-winning musical "Gigi" and James Bond's villainous foe in "Octopussy," died on Saturday. He was 93.
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