Louis Jourdan is a French film actor. He is known for his roles in several Hollywood films, including The Paradine Case, Gigi, The Best of Everything, and Octopussy. Jourdan was born as Louis Gendre in Marseille, France, the son of Yvonne and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Turkey, and Britain and trained as an actor at the École Dramatique, making his film debut in 1939.
Following the German occupation of France during World War II, he continued to make films but after refusing to participate in Nazi propaganda films, he joined the French Resistance; his father was arrested by the Gestapo. After the 1944 liberation of France by the Allies, Jourdan married Berthe Frédérique, with whom he had a son.
In 1947, Jourdan accepted an offer to appear in The Paradine Case, an Alfred Hitchcock drama starring Gregory Peck. In Hollywood, he became friends with several stars who shared his love of croquet.