|Charles Boyer Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 9 in|
|Date of Birth||August 28, 1899|
|Date of Death||August 26, 1978|
Charles Boyer was a French-American actor who appeared in more than 80 films between his career span from 1920 and 1976. Some of his most-promising film appearances had been in The Garden of Allah (1936), Algiers (1938), Love Affair (1939), Gaslight (1944), and I Love Lucy.
Charles Boyer was born on August 28, 1899.
Charles Boyer died on August 26, 1978, at the age of 78, in Phoenix, Arizona, United States due to suicide with an overdose of Seconal.
Charles studied at The University of Paris, known metonymically as the Sorbonne in the past. He also wanted to stumble upon a chance to train in acting at the Paris Conservatory.
- Father – Maurice Boyer (Merchant)
- Mother – Augustine Louise Durand
- Others – Jean Lucien Lavernhe/Boyer (Paternal Grandfather), Marie Amélie Irma Lavernhe/Lavergne (Paternal Grandmother), Raymond Crépin Durand (Maternal Grandfather), Marie Antoinette Sales (Maternal Grandmother)
5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
79 kg or 174 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Charles had been romantically involved with –
- Jean Harlow (1932)
- Tallulah Bankhead
- Pat Paterson (1934-1978) – Charles met British actress Pat Paterson at a dinner party in 1934. The two of them instantly hit it off and got engaged just two weeks after dating and were married three months later. The couple then settled in Paradise Valley, Arizona until Pat died on August 24, 1978, due to cancer. They were married for 44 years. Together, the couple had a son named Michael Charles Boyer (b. December 9, 1943). Michael passed away by suicide at age 21, on September 23, 1965, while playing Russian roulette after separating from his girlfriend.
Race / Ethnicity
Charles has French ancestry.
He would sport a gentleman-like appearance.
Charles Boyer Facts
- Growing up, Charles was a shy small-time boy.
- Charles was eleven when he discovered film and theatre.
- His last name Boyer comes from “boièr” which in Occitan means ‘cowherd’.
- Initially, Charles started off his entertaining career as a stage actor and it wasn’t until the 1930s that he began to appear in films.
- In the past, Charles would perform comic sketches for soldiers while deployed as a hospital orderly during World War I.
- Some of his early French film appearances included L’homme du large (1920), Chantelouve (1921), Le grillon du foyer (1922), and Esclave (1922).
- It was the American television production and distribution giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. aka MGM who introduced Boyer to Hollywood to star as American actor Chester Morris in the French version of The Big House (1930). However, sometime in 1932, he moved back to France where he continued to build his acting career.
- After France declared war on Germany in September 1939, Boyer enlisted in the French army, and by November of that year, he was discharged.
- On June 15, 1942, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States, in Los Angeles.
- He could fluently speak French, English, Italian, German, and Spanish.
- Charles received a motion picture star and a television star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, both of which are located at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard.
- Boyer died on August 26, 1978, after trying to commit suicide with an overdose of Seconal while attending a gathering at a friend’s home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was immediately rushed to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona where he was pronounced dead.
- Charles passed away just two days after his wife had died on August 24 and two days before his 79th birthday.
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