Claude Dauphin (actor)

Claude Dauphin (19 August 1903 – 16 November 1978) was a French actor. He appeared in more than 130 films between 1930 and 1978, including Barbarella, The Quiet American, and a voice role in The Tale of the Fox, considered to be one of the earliest stop-motion animated films.

Claude Dauphin
Claude Dauphin in A Salute to France.jpg
Dauphin in the 1944 film A Salute to France
Claude Marie Eugène Legrand

(1903-08-19)19 August 1903
Died16 November 1978(1978-11-16) (aged 75)
Paris, France
Years active1930–1978
Spouse(s)Rosine Derean
Maria Mauban
Norma Eberhardt (1955–1978; his death)
L-R: Burgess Meredith, Claude Dauphin & Philip Bourneuf in A Salute to France (1944)


He was born in Corbeil-Essonnes, Essonne. His father was Maurice Étienne Legrand, a poet who wrote as Franc-Nohain,[1] and who was the librettist for Maurice Ravel's opera L'heure espagnole. His elder brother was the writer Jean Nohain.[citation needed]

Dauphin's debut on film came in La Vagabonde (1930).[1] He debuted on stage in Chapeau Chinois (1930) in Paris.[2]

Private lifeEdit

Dauphin married three times: first to Rosine Derean, then to the actress Maria Mauban with whom he had a child, Jean-Claude Dauphin, also an actor. Eventually, in 1955, Dauphin married American actress Norma Eberhardt.[3] The couple divided their time between Paris, Los Angeles, New York City and Ocean Township, New Jersey.[3][4] They remained together until Dauphin's death in Paris in 1978.[3]

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Oscherwitz, Dayna; Higgins, MaryEllen (2009). The A to Z of French Cinema. Scarecrow Press. p. 118. ISBN 9780810870383. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ Aaker, Everett (2011). Encyclopedia of Early Television Crime Fighters: All Regular Cast Members in American Crime and Mystery Series, 1948-1959. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co. pp. 175–177. ISBN 978-0-7864-6409-8.
  3. ^ a b c "Norma Eberhardt". The Daily Telegraph. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Norma Eberhardt Dauphin obituary". Asbury Park Press. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.

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