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Yves Montand

Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 - November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto[?], Italy.

When he was still a young boy, Montand's family left Italy to escape Mussolini's regime and moved to France where he would begin a career as a music-hall singer. In 1944 he was discovered by Edith Piaf in Paris and she made him part of her act, becoming his mentor and lover.

He would go on to international recognition, starring in numerous films. In 1951 Montand married the actress Simone Signoret, co-starring several times with her until her death in 1985. The following year, a 65-year-old Montand gave one of his most memorable performances as the scheming uncle in the two-part film: Jean de Florette[?] co-starring Gerard Depardieu and Manon des Sources[?] co-starring Emmanuelle Beart.

He was nominated for "Best Actor" in 1980 for the film "I comme Icare" and again in 1984 for "Garçon !"

In his later years, he maintained a home in Provence until his death. He is buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France.

Selected films:

  • IP5 (1991)
  • Jean de Florette (1986)
  • Manon des Sources (1986)
  • Garçon ! (1983)
  • I comme Icare (1979)
  • Le Fond de L'air Est Rouge (1977)
  • Vincent, François, Paul...Et les Autres (1974)
  • État de Siège (1973)
  • César et Rosalie (1972)
  • Tout va Bien (1972)
  • L'Aveu (1970)
  • Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
  • L'Aveu (1969)
  • Z (1968)
  • Vivre pour Vivre (1967)
  • La Guerre est finie (1966)
  • Compartiment tueurs (1965)
  • La Grande Strada Azzurra (1957)
  • Le Salaire de la Peur (1953)
  • Les Portes de la Nuit (1946)

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