Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier

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Chevalier was an infantryman in the French army during World War I and was captured by German troops in 1914. He spent two years in the Alten Grabow POW camp.

In 1951, the U.S. State Department declared Chevalier "potentially dangerous" to the security of the United States because he had signed a petition against nuclear weapons called the Stockholm Appeal.

In his youth, he was a sparring partner to heavyweight boxing champion Georges Carpentier.

Introduced his theme song, "Louise" (music by Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Leo Robin), in his first U.S. film, Innocents of Paris (1929).

On his death the "Times" of London wrote: "Paris has lost another piece of its history and of its legend".

Won a Special Tony Award in 1968.