Jacques Bergerac (26 May 1927 – 15 June 2014) was a French actor and businessman.

Jacques Bergerac
Bergerac in the 1950s
Born(1927-05-26)26 May 1927
Died15 June 2014(2014-06-15) (aged 87)
Anglet, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France
Years active1954–1969
(m. 1953; div. 1957)
(m. 1959; div. 1964)
RelativesMichel Bergerac (brother)

Life and career edit

Jacques Bergerac was born in 1927 in Biarritz, France, the son of Alice (Romatet) and Charles Bergerac.[1]

Bergerac was a law student when he met a vacationing Ginger Rogers in France. She got him a screen test at the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios that led to their appearing together in Twist of Fate (1954) (also known as Beautiful Stranger).[2] He then appeared as Armand Duval in a television production of Camille for Kraft Television Theatre, opposite Signe Hasso. He played the Comte de Provence in Jean Delannoy's film Marie Antoinette Queen of France.

In Strange Intruder (1956), he shared the screen with Edmund Purdom and Ida Lupino and in Les Girls (1957), he played the second male lead. He also appeared in Gigi (1958), Thunder in the Sun (1959), the cult horror film The Hypnotic Eye (1960) and A Global Affair (1964). In 1957, he received the Golden Globe Award for Foreign Newcomer.

He appeared in a few more films and on television in The Millionaire, Batman, 77 Sunset Strip, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (three episodes), The Lucy Show, Get Smart, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Perry Mason (Season 7, Episode 19). His last appearance was on an episode of The Doris Day Show in 1969, after which he left show business and became the head of Revlon's Paris office and of the Perfumes Balmain company.[3] His younger brother Michel became CEO of Revlon six years later.[4]

He also managed the rugby club Biarritz Olympique from 1980 until 1981.

Personal life edit

Bergerac married screen star Ginger Rogers in February 1953, and they divorced in July 1957. In June 1959, he married actress Dorothy Malone in Hong Kong, where she was on location for her 1960 film The Last Voyage. They had daughters Mimi and Diane together, and divorced in December 1964.[5]

He died on 15 June 2014 at his home in Anglet, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France.[5]

Filmography edit

Year Title Role Director Notes
1954 Twist of Fate (Beautiful Stranger) Pierre Clemont David Miller

Co-starring with wife, Ginger Rogers

1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Jan Gubak Justus Addiss Season 1 Episode 21: "Safe Conduct"
1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Prince Burhan James Neilson Season 1 Episode 35: "The Legacy"
1956 Marie-Antoinette reine de France Comte de Provence Jean Delannoy
1956 Strange Intruder Howard Gray Irving Rapper
1957 Les Girls Pierre Ducros George Cukor
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Sergeant Andre Doniere Herschel Daugherty Season 3 Episode 22: "The Return of the Hero"
1958 Un homme se penche sur son passé Jacques Monge Willy Rozier
1958 Gigi Sandomir Vincente Minnelli
1959 Thunder in the Sun Pepe Dauphin Russell Rouse
1960 The Hypnotic Eye Desmond George Blair
1961 Fear No More Paul Colbert Bernard Wiesen
1962 Una domenica d'estate Osvaldo Giulio Petroni
1962 The Fury of Achilles Hector Marino Girolami
1964 A Global Affair Guy Duval Jack Arnold
1965 Hard Time for Princes Sandro Ettore Scola
1965 Taffy and the Jungle Hunter David Claveau Terry O. Morse
1966 Special Mission Lady Chaplin Kobre Zoltan Alberto De Martino and Sergio Grieco
1966 The Unkissed Bride Jacques Philippe Jack H. Harris

References edit

  1. ^ Who's who in Finance and Industry. 1973. ISBN 9780837903187.
  2. ^ "French Actor Jacques Bergerac Dies at 87 | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  3. ^ "Cinéma. Mort du comédien Jacques Bergerac, ex-mari de Ginger Rogers". Ouest-France (in French). 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "MICHEL BERGERAC Obituary (2016) New York Times".
  5. ^ a b Barnes, Mike (June 25, 2014). "French Actor Jacques Bergerac Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2017.

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