Boyer, Charles

born Aug. 28, 1897, Figeac, France
died Aug. 26, 1978, Phoenix, Ariz., U.S.

French-U.S. actor.

After earning a philosophy degree from the Sorbonne, he made his stage debut in Paris in 1920. He became a popular romantic leading man in French theatre and film, and his rich, accented voice and suave manner made him an international star. His first successful U.S. film, Private Worlds (1935), was followed by such films as Algiers (1938) and Gaslight (1944).

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▪ French actor

born Aug. 28, 1897, Figeac, Lot, Fr.
died Aug. 26, 1978, Phoenix, Ariz., U.S.
 stage and motion-picture actor known as the prototypical suave Gallic lover.

      Though committed to an acting career in his teens, Boyer nevertheless acceded to his mother's request that he graduate from the Sorbonne (with a degree in philosophy) before studying acting at the Conservatoire de Paris. At the age of 21 Boyer stepped into his first leading role on 12 hours notice when the star of the play fell ill. In the 1920s he was not only the most popular romantic leading man on the Paris stage but was steadily employed in silent films.

      Boyer went to Hollywood at the beginning of the sound era, and Private Worlds (1935), his third film there, made an international star of the handsome actor with the rich, accented voice. His long, distinguished career included the motion pictures Algiers (1938), All This and Heaven Too (1940), Gaslight (1944), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), How to Steal a Million (1966), and Stavisky (1974).

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