Gérard Oury (April 29, 1919 – July 20, 2006) was a French film director, actor and writer. His real name was Max-Gérard Houry Tannenbaum.
A commercially successful French filmmaker
The son of Serge Tannenbaum, a violinist, and Marcelle Houry, a journalist, Oury studied at Lycée Janson de Sailly and at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. He became a member of the Comédie-Française just one year before World War II, but fled to Switzerland to escape the anti-Jewish laws decreed by the Vichy government.
After 1945 he restarted his career as an actor, performing in the theatre and in supporting roles in the cinema. Oury became a movie director in 1959 (The Itchy Palm) and gained his first success in 1961 with Crime Does Not Pay (Le crime ne paie pas).
Joining André Bourvil and Louis de Funès as a comic duo, he burst into commercial filmmaking with 1965's The Sucker (Le corniaud). The film was entered into the 4th Moscow International Film Festival. The following year, Don't Look Now... We're Being Shot At! (La Grande Vadrouille) was even more successful, attracting the largest audiences ever in France (17.27 million admissions). This box-office record stood for decades, only surpassed in 1997 by Titanic from James Cameron.
Oury shot the 1969 comedy Le Cerveau (The Brain) in English, starring David Niven in the lead role as a criminal mastermind.
Living together with the French actress Michèle Morgan, he was the father of French writer Danièle Thompson and grandfather of actor/writer Christopher Thompson. He died aged 87 in Saint-Tropez on 20 July 2006.
Actor Year Title Role Director
1947 Antoine and Antoinette a customer Jacques Becker
1948 Du Guesclin Charles V of France Bernard Delatour
1949 La Belle que voilà Bruno Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1950 Mr. Peek-a-Boo Maurice Jean Boyer
1951 ...Sans laisser d'adresse a journalist Jean-Paul Le Chanois
1953 Sea Devils Napoleon Raoul Walsh
1953 The Sword and the Rose the Dauphin Ken Annakin
1953 The Heart of the Matter Yusef George More O'Ferrall
1954 They Who Dare Captain George Two Lewis Milestone
1954 Father Brown Inspector Dubois Robert Hamer
1955 The River Girl Enzo Cinti Mario Soldati
1956 House of Secrets Julius Pindar Guy Green
1958 Le Miroir à deux faces Doctor Bosc André Cayatte
1959 The Journey Teklel Hafouli Anatole Litvak
1963 The Prize Doctor Claude Marceau Mark Robson
1986 A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later cameo appearance Claude Lelouch Director Year Title Cast Notes
1962 Crime Does Not Pay Danielle Darrieux, Michèle Morgan, Edwige Feuillère, Gino Cervi, Gabriele Ferzetti, Annie Girardot, Pierre Brasseur, and others also credited as writer
1965 The Sucker starring Bourvil and Louis de Funès also credited as writer
1966 La Grande Vadrouille starring Bourvil, Louis de Funès and Terry-Thomas also credited as writer
1969 The Brain Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bourvil, David Niven, Eli Wallach and others also credited as writer
1971 Delusions of Grandeur starring Louis de Funès and Yves Montand also credited as writer
1973 The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob starring Louis de Funès also credited as writer
1980 The Umbrella Coup starring Pierre Richard also credited as writer
1982 The Ace of Aces/The Super Ace) starring Jean-Paul Belmondo also credited as writer
1999 Le schpountz with Smaïn, Sabine Azéma and others also credited as writer Writer only Year Title Cast Notes
1960 Come Dance with Me! starring Brigitte Bardot adaptation
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces with Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan and others Remake of Le Miroir à deux faces (1958)
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