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Karly Rayner

Louis Jourdan, who is best known for playing Afghan prince Kamal Khan in Octopussy has died at the age of 93.

The Marseilles born actor, who wryly described himself as the American movie industries 'French cliche', was also famous for his leading role in the multi-Oscar winning musical, Gigi.

Jourdan in Gigi
Jourdan in Gigi

According to Jourdan's official biographer, Olivier Minne, the veteran actor died in his L.A. home. Minne told the press that Jourdan:

Embodied French elegance and Hollywood offered him the parts to go with that.

Among the celebrities to lead the tributes on Twitter were Indian film star Kabir Bedi, who played Jourdan's bodyguard in Octopussy and Rose McGowan, who was a great admirer of Jourdan's work.

Along with his movie career, Jourdan is also known for his efforts to resist the Nazi regime in France. The actor, who was too young for military service, refused to take part in Nazi propaganda movies and spent some time printing and distributing illegal leaflets for the French resistance.

Louis Jourdan has two stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame and in 2010 he was given France's highest honor, Legion D'Honneur.

His wife of more than 60 years, Berthe Frederique Jourdan, died last year and the couple's only son, Louis Henry Jourdan, died of a drug overdose in 1981.

Jourdan with his late wife
Jourdan with his late wife

(Source: BBC)


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