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      Charles Aznavour

      Charles Aznavour

      Highest Rated: 100% Head Against the Wall (1959)

      Lowest Rated: 29% Edith and Marcel (1983)

      Birthday: May 22, 1924

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      Over the course of his long career, Parisian singer Charles Aznavour was often referred to as the French Frank Sinatra, and the comparison was not hyperbole. Both his artistic standing and his level of cultural cachet in France were easily on a par with Sinatra's in America. Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian in Paris on May 22, 1924 to Armenian parents, he got his start in show business early, working as an actor while he was still a child. He also took a turn as a dancer before he really found his footing in the '40s as a singer and songwriter. After WWII Aznavour partnered with pianist Pierre Roche - the pair worked up a live act and began composing together. French superstar Edith Piaf became enamored of Aznavour and by the late '40s he was managing her as well as writing for her and touring as her opening act. Aznavour's earliest records were cut in Canada, where he had gained popularity via a long residency at Montreal nightclub Faisan Doré. But back home, Aznavour still hadn't gained much ground. Finally, in 1956, a phenomenal performance in Casablanca put him on the path to international renown, resulting in high-profile bookings in France. That same year, Aznavour composed "Sur Ma Vie," destined to be his biggest song, and his star status was solidified. The '60s proved to be a boom time for Anavour, who penned some of his most beloved tunes during the period, including "Tu t'laisses aller," "Et pourtant," "For Me Formidable," and "La Boheme," to name just a few. Aznavour's popularity was international - in the '70s, hits like "She" and "The Old Fashioned Way" brought him stardom in the U.K., and in the same era, American singers like Jack Jones and Liza Minnelli were popularizing his tunes in the U.S. Back home, by this point, Aznavour was regarded as a national treasure, but he never rested on his laurels. He continued performing and recording for the rest of his life, working with a dazzling list of international superstars, from Sting to Celine Dion to Placido Domingo, and remained active right up to the end, passing at the age of 94 on October 1, 2018 in Mouriès, France.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Head Against the Wall
      90% Shoot the Piano Player
      89% Testament of Orpheus
      84% The Tin Drum
      55% Ararat
      40% The Colonel
      36% Candy

      Photos

      SKY RIDERS, Charles Aznavour, 1976, ©20th Century Fox LE DIABLE ET LES DIX COMMANDEMENTS, (aka THE DEVIL AND THE TEN COMMANDMENTS), Charles Aznavour, 1962 THE ADVENTURERS, Charles Aznavour, 1970 THE ADVENTURERS, Charles Aznavour, 1970 SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, (aka "Tirez sur le Pianiste") Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, 1960 SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, (aka "Tirez sur le Pianiste") Charles Aznavour, Marie Dubois, 1960 publicity poster. THE GAMES, Athol Compton, Charles Aznavour, 1970, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright TEN LITTLE INDIANS, from bottom to top: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Charles Aznavour, Herbert Lom, Stephane Audran, Gert Frobe, Teresa Gimpera, Adolfo Celi, Maria Rohm, Alberto de Mendoza, 1974 THE GAMES, Charles Aznavour, 1970, (c) 20th Century Fox, TM & Copyright SHOOT THE PIANO PLAYER, (aka "Tirez sur le Pianiste") 1960 publicity poster. ARARAT, Arsinee Khanjian, Charles Aznavour, 2002, (c) Miramax TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, Charles Aznavour, 2002, (c) Universal THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, Charles Aznavour, 2002, (c) Universal THE TIN DRUM, (aka DIE BLECHTROMMEL), Angela Winkler, Charles Aznavour, 1979, (c) New World Pictures THE ADVENTURERS, from left: Bekim Fehmiu, Charles Aznavour, Ernest Borgnine, 1970 SKY RIDERS, Robert Culp, Charles Aznavour, 1976, (c) 20th Century Fox ARARAT, Bruce Greenwood, Charles Aznavour, Eric Bogosian, 2002, (c) Miramax

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Il est minuit, Paris s'éveille Self - 2012
      40% 62% The Colonel Le père Rossi (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Old Goriot Jean-Joachim Goriot (Character) - 2004
      55% 71% Ararat Edward Saroyan (Character) $1.6M 2002
      34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Self $5.3M 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Laguna Tony Castellano (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le comédien Monsieur Maillard (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Country Years Le grand-père (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Il Maestro Romualdi (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nailcruncher Unknown (Character) - 1988
      85% 81% Bad Blood Original Music $21.5K 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Yiddish Connection Aaron Rapoport (Character) - 1986
      29% 50% Edith and Marcel Self - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Viva la Vie! Edouard Takvorian (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Magic Mountain Naphta (Character) - 1982
      84% 84% The Tin Drum Sigismund Markus (Character) $5.5K 1979
      No Score Yet 38% Sky Riders Inspector Nikolidis (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 32% Ten Little Indians Michael Raven (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 73% The Blockhouse Visconti (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les intrus Charles Bernard (Character),
      Writer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 59% The Adventurers Marcel Campion (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Games Pavel Vendek (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Heist Kramer (Character) - 1970
      36% 48% Candy Hunchback juggler (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Postman Goes to War Thibon (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cloportes Edmond (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Four Fables of Love Charles (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Infidelity Giulio (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destination Rome Marcello (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les vierges Berthet (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fabiani Affair Horace Fabiani (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 81% The Devil and the Ten Commandments Denis Mayeux (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet 82% Taxi for Tobruk Samuel Goldmann (Character),
      Music
      - 1961
      90% 88% Shoot the Piano Player Charlie Kohler/Edouard Saroyan (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Crossing of the Rhine Roger (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tomorrow Is My Turn Roger (Character) - 1960
      89% 82% Testament of Orpheus Unknown (Character) - 1960
      100% 69% Head Against the Wall Heurtevent (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 75% The Chasers Joseph Bouvier (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le rat d'Amérique Charles (Character) - 1953

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970