Actor in French cinema born September 12, 1888 in Ménilmontant (Paris. France) and died in the same city on January 1, 1972. His full name was Maurice Aguste Chavalier.
Son of a large family, the world of the spectacle you impassioned at a young age. It began as an Acrobat, activity that had to leave due to physical problems. He/She joined the world of theatre, working in various cabarets and Parisian music halls next to the famous Misstinguett, which formed one of the couples in the ten years of the 20th century.
Gave his first cinematographic steps in short Max Linder films (the hymen of Max, 1911; Par habitude, 1914). After the first world war, he/she worked under the command of Henri Diamant-Berger (mauvais Garçon, 1921), and alternated these collaborations with his work in the French scenarios in which imposed its image of boluevardier who accompanied him always, adorned with his hat Boater, his cane and French accent which allowed him to conquer Hollywood upon arrival to California lands.
After intervening in a is the first sound films that were distributed all over the world, the song of Paris (1929), Richard Wallace, Chavalier came squarely in what was its best stage. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, the French actor was at the heart of the Paramount count Alfred in the parade of love (1929), Lieutenant Niki in the seductive Lieutenant (1931), Dr. Bertier in one hour with you (1932) and the Metro Goldwyn Mayer, above all, Captain Danilo in the Merry Widow (1934), a whole repertoire of good do Lubitsch which collaboratedwithout a doubt, Chavalier with a character made to measure: a hunk sexy, smiling, Trickster and ironically, of apparent simplicity that flourishes in the folksy style that gives each character, always immersed in sophisticated decorated and rogues flattery of the good fruit to make Director.
Among this films he/she worked of Rouben Mamoulian on love me tonight (1932), another of his excellent work. In the rest of his career he/she was full of ups and downs as the relative failure of films as the man of the day (1936), Julien Duvivier, and big news (1938), René Clair, or the interesting silence is golden (1947), also of Clair.
American stage, in addition to intervene occasionally in television shows such as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957) or The Revlon Revue (1960), highlighted its shareholdings in Gigi (1958), from Vincente Minnelli, and Fanny (1961), Joshua Logan, film was an interesting version of Marius (1931), the history of Marcel Pagnol about life in the port of Marseille.
Aside from the film, his life was pending work that accumulated in the world of the scene, frame in which its shows reached a notable popularity. He/She published several books of memoirs over the Decade of the sixties.
Short and medium-length films
1908: Trop credule. 1911: The hymen of Max; Par habitude. 1914: the valse renversante. 1917: Une Soirée mondaine; Le match Criqui-Ledoux. 1922: Le mauvais Garçon; Gonzague. 1923: Mauricio Boxer; Le affaire rue de Lourcine; Par habitude. 1931: The seductive customer. 1933: Slide.
1924: Bonjour, New York! 1929: The song of Paris; The love parade. 1930: Paramount on stop; The large puddle. 1931: The stolen jewels; Le petit Café; The slippery Pearls; The seductive Lieutenant. 1932: Love me tonight; Make me a star; One hour with you. 1933: The innocent Bachelor; The way of love. 1934: The Merry Widow. 1935: The Knight at the Folies-Bergere. 1936: The beloved vagabond; The man of the day; Heartthrob's smile. 1938: Great news. 1939: Traps. 1947: Silence is golden. 1948: Paris 1900 (documentary). 1950: my menda; Le roi. 1953: Hit. 1954: I had seven children; Cento anni d'amore. 1956: Rendez-vous avec Maurice Chevalier (documentary). 1957: Ariane. 1958: Gigi. 1959: Your husband... the unknown. 1960: Can-can; Pepe; The ballets de Paris; Scandal at the Court. 1961: Fanny. 1962: Jessica; The children of captain Grant. 1963: Samantha. 1964: Pretty, rich and marrying; Treasury operation. 1965: The love goddesses. 1967: Monkeys, go home! 1970: The Aristocats (voice only).