biography

Born Jean-Pierre Salomons on January 5, 1911, in Paris, handsome French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont began his film career at the age of 20, during the depths of the Great Depression. Acting in both film and theater, he quickly made a name for himself in Europe and became a popular matinee idol. He was briefly married to French actress Blanche Montel, who was about a decade his senior, in the late 1930s. Aumont, who was born Jewish, saw his acting career vanish when his native land fell to German forces in 1940. Fearing for his life, he left France in 1942 and relocated to the US. Quickly finding acting wor,k he made his Hollywood debut the MGM war drama Assignment in Brittany (1943; with Susan Peters). At about the time of his Hollywood arrival, Aumont met gorgeous actress Maria Montez, and the couple married in July 1943. Shortly afterward, Aumont joined the Free French Forces to help liberate France. Following the war, he resumed his acting career and began a family with Montez; the couple welcomed a daughter, actress Tina Aumont, in 1946. Aumont's film career took off in the days after World War II in such films as Heartbeat (1946; with Ginger Rogers and Adolphe Menjou), Song of Scheherazade (1947; with Yvonne De Carlo and Brian Donlevy), and Wicked City (1949; with Maria Montez and Lilli Palmer).

Maria Montez and Jean-Pierre AumontVivien Leigh and Jean-Pierre Aumont

LEFT: With second wife Maria Montez at the time of their marriage in 1943. RIGHT: With Vivien Leigh in a promotional photo for the 1963 Broadway musical comedy play Tovarich

Aumont was left a widower in 1951 when Maria Montez died suddenly of a heart attack. As a single father, Aumont raised his daughter and worked on stage, in television, and in films in both France and the U.S. throughout the early 1950s. After a whirlwind relationship with Grace Kelly, Aumont married Italian actress Marisa Pavan, sister of actress Pier Angeli, on March 27, 1956.

the films of jean-pierre aumont

Maman Colibri (1937)

Jean-Pierre Aumont

From the French release Maman Colibri

Assignment in Brittany (1943)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Susan Peters

With Susan Peters in Aumont's first American film, the MGM war drama Assignment in Brittany

Heartbeat (1946)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Ginger Rogers

From the RKO romance Heartbeat with Ginger Rogers

Song of Scheherazade (1947)

Yvonne De Carlo and Jean-Pierre AumontBrian Donlevy and Jean-Pierre Aumont

LEFT: With Yvonne De Carlo in the Universal-International adventure Song of Scheherazade. RIGHT: With Brian Donlevy

The Gay Adventure (1949)

Jean-Pierre Aumont

From the British comedy The Gay Adventure

Siren of Atlantis (1949)

Jean-Pierre Aumont

Aumont starred as Andre St. Avit in the adventure Siren of Atlantis, released by United Artists

Lili (1953)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Zsa Zsa GaborJean-Pierre Aumont and Zsa Zsa Gabor

Aumont portrays a magician who makes Zsa Zsa Gabor's clothes disappear in the MGM musical Lili

Charge of the Lancers (1954)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Paulette Goddard

With Paulette Goddard in the Columbia actioner Charge of the Lancers

Mademoiselle from Paris (1955)

Giselle Pascal and Jean-Pierre Aumont

With Giselle Pascal in the French romance Mademoiselle from Paris

Hilda Crane (1956)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Jean Simmons

From the 20th Century fox potboiler Hilda Crane with Jean Simmons

The Seventh Sin (1957)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Eleanor ParkerJean-Pierre Aumont and Eleanor Parker

With Eleanor Parker in the MGM drama The Seventh Sin

Day for Night (1973)

Jean-Pierre Aumont

Aumont is one of the stars of François Truffaut's excellent romance Day for Night

The Happy Hooker (1975)

Jean-Pierre Aumont and Lynn Redgrave

With Lynn Redgrave in the comedy biopic The Happy Hooker

Something Short of Paradise (1979)

Jean-Pierre Aumont

From the American International romance Something Short of Paradise

later years

Jean-Pierre Aumont maintained a thriving acting career into the early 1990s, acting in such varied films as Mahogany (1975; with Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams), The Happy Hooker (1975; with Lynn Redgrave), and Blackout (1978; with James Mitchum and Robert Carradine). He retired from acting in the late 1990s. After a heart attack, Aumont died on January 30, 2001, at the age of 90. He was survived by his wife, actress Marisa Pavan, his daughter, actress Tina Aumont (1946-2006), and his sons Jean-Claude and Patrick.

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filmography

FILM
The Proprietor (1996) with Jeanne Moreau, Sean Young, Sam Waterston, and Nell Carter
Jefferson in Paris (1995) with Nick Nolte and Gwyneth Paltrow
Giorgino (1994) with Louise Fletcher
Senso (1993)
Los mares del sur (1992)
Le dernier mot (1991) with Maria Schell
Crimes et jardins (1991)
Becoming Colette (1991) with Klaus Maria Brandauer and Virginia Madsen
A Star for Two (1991) with Lauren Bacall and Anthony Quinn
A notre regrettable epoux (1988)
Windmills of the Gods (1988) with Jaclyn Smith, Robert Wagner, Ian McKellen, and Michael Moriarty
Sweet Country (1987) with Jane Alexander, Franco Nero, Joanna Pettet, Randy Quaid, and Irene Papas
On a volé Charlie Spencer! (1986)
Coup de soleil (1985)
The Blood of Others (1984) with Jodie Foster, Michael Ontkean, Sam Neill, and John Vernon
La java des ombres (1983)
Les beaux quartiers (1983)
Emmenez-moi au theatre: Le fleuve etincellant (1982)
Don't Look in the Attic (1982) with Beba Loncar
Nana (1982) with Mandy Rice-Davies
Carte Vermeil (1981)
Allons z'enfants (1981)
A Time for Miracles (1980) with Kate Mulgrew, Rossano Brazzi, John Forsythe, Lorne Greene, and Jean LeClerc
The Memory of Eva Ryker (1980) with Ralph Bellamy, Bradford Dillman, Morgan Fairchild, Mel Ferrer, Robert Foxworth, and Peter Graves
Beggarman, Thief (1979) with Jean Simmons, Glenn Ford, Lynn Redgrave, Andrew Stevens, Bo Hopkins, Alex Cord, and Anne Francis
Something Short of Paradise (1979) with Susan Sarandon, David Steinberg, and Marilyn Sokol
Paris-Vichy (1979)
Two Solitudes (1978) with Stacy Keach
Blackout (1978) with James Mitchum, Robert Carradine, Belinda Montgomery, June Allyson, and Ray Milland
Entire Days in the Trees (1976)
Catherine & Co. (1975) with Jane Birkin
Mahogany (1975) with Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins, Nina Foch, and Marisa Mell
Cat and Mouse (1975) with Michele Morgan
The Happy Hooker (1975) with Lynn Redgrave, Tom Poston, Nicholas Pryor, Conrad Janis, and Richard Lynch
N'oubliez pas que nous nous aimons (1975)
Turn the Other Cheek (1974) with Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, and Robert Loggia
Day for Night (1973) with Jacqueline Bisset and Valentina Cortese
Joyeux chagrins (1972)
Comme il vous plaira (1972)
Biribi (1971)
Man with the Transplanted Brain (1971)
Cauldron Of Blood (1970) with Boris Karloff and Viveca Lindfors
Castle Keep (1969) with Burt Lancaster, Patrick O'Neal, Peter Falk, Al Freeman Jr., Bruce Dern, and Michael Conrad
Always on Sunday (1966) with Daniela Bianchi
Portuguese Vacation (1963) with Catherine Deneuve
Five Miles to Midnight (1962) with Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, and Gig Young
Carnival of Crime (1962) with Alix Talton and Alberto Dalbes
The Seven Deadly Sins (1962) with Jean-Pierre Cassel and Dany Saval
The Devil at 4 O'Clock (1961) with Spencer Tracy, Frank Sinatra, Kerwin Mathews, Alexander Scourby, Barbara Luna, Cathy Lewis, and Bernie Hamilton
Le puits aux trois vérités (1961)
The Blonde from Buenos Aires (1961) with Mamie Van Doren
The Enemy General (1960) with Van Johnson and John Van Dreelen
John Paul Jones (1959) with Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Peter Cushing, and Bruce Cabot
The Seventh Sin (1957) with Eleanor Parker, Bill Travers, George Sanders, and Ellen Corby
Hilda Crane (1956) with Jean Simmons, Guy Madison, Judith Evelyn, Peggy Knudsen, and Gregg Palmer
Mademoiselle from Paris (1955) with Giselle Pascal and Capucine
Dix-huit heures d'escale (1955) with Georges Marchal
Napoleon (1955) with Gianna Maria Canale and Danielle Darrieux
Lady Warner a disparu (1954)
Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) with Claudette Colbert
Charge of the Lancers (1954) with Paulette Goddard, Richard Wyler, and Karin Booth
Koenigsmark (1953)
Lili (1953) with Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, and Amanda Blake
Wolves Hunt at Night (1952)
Moineaux of Paris (1952) with Virginia Keiley
Last Meeting (1951)
Revenge of the Pirates (1951) with Maria Montez
The Straw Lover (1951)
Stanislas Michodier L'homme de joie (1950)
The Gay Adventure (1949) with Burgess Meredith
Wicked City (1949) with Maria Montez and Lilli Palmer
Siren of Atlantis (1949) with Maria Montez and Dennis O'Keefe
Affairs of a Rogue (1948) with Hugh Griffith
Song of Scheherazade (1947) with Yvonne De Carlo, Brian Donlevy, Eve Arden, George Dolenz, and Elena Verdugo
Heartbeat (1946) with Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou, Melville Cooper, Basil Rathbone
The Cross of Lorraine (1943) with Gene Kelly, Cedric Hardwicke, Peter Lorre, and Hume Cronyn
Assignment in Brittany (1943) with Susan Peters, Signe Hasso, Darryl Hickman, and Reginald Owen
Le deserteur (1939)
Hotel du Nord (1938) with Annabella and Arletty
Belle etoile (1938)
S.O.S. Sahara (1938)
Cheri-Bibi (1938)
La femme du bout du monde (1938)
Satan's Paradise (1938)
Bizarre, Bizarre (1937)
The Messenger (1937) with Jean Gabin
Woman Racket (1937)
Maman Colibri (1936)
The Great Temptation (1936)
Tarass Boulba (1936) with Danielle Darrieux
Les beaux jours (1935) with Simone Simon
Flight Into Darkness (1935) with Annabella
Black Eyes (1935) with Simone Simon
Maria Chapdelaine (1934) with Jean Gabin
Ladies Lake (1934) with Simone Simon
Eve cherche un pere (1933)
Le voleur (1933) with Simone Simon
Song of the Streets (1933)
Un jour viendra (1933)
La merveilleuse tragedie de Lourdes (1933)
Should We Wed Them? (1932)
Echec et mat (1931)
Jean de la Lune (1931)

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, episode Paris, September 1908, originally aired June 19, 1993
Counterstrike, episode I Remember It Well, originally aired September 26, 1992
Renseignements generaux, episode Le demon de midi, originally aired September 15, 1991
Bordertown, episode Frontier Passage, originally aired March 10, 1991
Cinema 16, episode Johnny Monroe, originally aired 1987
Simon & Simon, episode C'est Simon: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired September 27, 1984
Hart to Hart, episode The Hart of the Matter, originally aired February 16, 1982
The Love Boat, episode Crew Confessions/Haven't I Seen You?/Reunion, originally aired October 20, 1979
Starsky and Hutch, episode Murder at Sea, originally aired October 2, 1976
The Name of the Game, episode The White Birch, originally aired November 29, 1968
Flipper, episode Dolphins Don't Sleep, originally aired February 4, 1967
The Doctors and the Nurses, episode A39846, originally aired April 20, 1965
The Patty Duke Show, episode The French Teacher, originally aired September 18, 1963
The United States Steel Hour, episode The Imposter, originally aired June 15, 1960
Startime, episode The Nanette Fabray Show, or Help Me, Aphrodite, originally aired May 31, 1960
The Loretta Young Show, episode The Eternal Vow: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired May 15 ,and 22, 1960
The United States Steel Hour, episode Family Happiness, originally aired February 11, 1959
Playhouse 90, episode Word from a Sealed-Off Box, originally aired October 30, 1958
Kraft Theatre, episode Sing a Song, originally aired August 28, 1957
The Errol Flynn Theatre, episode First Come, First Loved, originally aired July 26, 1957
ITV Television Playhouse, episode Chance Meeting, originally aired September 27, 1956
Studio 57, episode Integrity, originally aired April 15, 1956
Climax!, episode The Sound of Silence, originally aired March 1, 1956
Lux Video Theatre, episode The Cruel Time, originally aired Ocotber 22, 1953
The Philip Morris Playhouse, episode Crime and Punishment, originally aired October 15, 1953
Your Show of Shows, episode originally aired October 10, 1953
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, episode The Way of the Eagle, originally aired June 7, 1953
Your Show of Shows, episode originally aired May 16, 1953
Omnibus, episode Arms and the Man, originally aired May 3, 1953
Studio One in Hollywood, episode Letter from an Unknown Woman, originally aired February 25, 1952
Goodyear Playhouse, episode A Softness in the Wind, originally aired January 6, 1952
Robert Montgomery Presents, episode A Christmas Gift, originally aired December 17, 1951
Celanese Theatre, episode No Time for Comedy, originally aired December 12, 1951

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