- Dropped out of school at age 11 to help his family by working as an acrobat. Also sang and danced at Paris music halls.
- Was wounded and spent two years in a POW camp during World War I; he studied English while incarcerated.
- Became a star in music halls and movies in Paris, known for his trademark boater hat and tuxedo.
- Performed at his WWI prison camp in exchange for the release of 10 prisoners during World War II.
- Was accused of collaboration with the Nazis, but was acquitted.
- Signed the Stockholm Appeal, which called for a ban on nuclear weapons. Was thought to have Communist leanings and was not welcome in the U.S. until 1955.
- Toured in one-man shows until his retirement.
- 1959, Golden Globe — Cecil B. DeMille Award: Winner
- 1958, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
- 1962, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
- 1968, Tony — Special Award: Winner
- 1959, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1958, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- 1930, Oscar — Best Actor: Nominee
- Mistinguett — Ex-significant Other
- Nita Raye — Ex-wife
- Fréhel — Ex-significant Other
- Yvonne Vallee — Ex-wife
- Janie Michels — Ex-significant Other
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