French actor Louis Jourdan dies, aged 93

Popular actor was best known for his roles in 'Gigi' and 'Octopussy'

French actor Louis Jourdan has died at the age of 93.

Jourdan was best known for his role in Vincente Minnelli’s Oscar-winning 1958 musical Gigi, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination, and for playing the villainous Kamal Khan opposite Roger Moore’s James Bond in 1983’s Octopussy. His other significant big screen credits included Alfred Hitchcock’s 1947 courtroom drama The Paradine Case, 1963’s The V.I.P.s alongside Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and Maggie Smith, and Wes Craven’s cult 1982 sci-fi film Swamp Thing.

The son of a Marseilles hotel owner, Jourdan began his acting career in his native France before moving to Hollywood in the late 1940s. He worked regularly in film, TV and sometimes theatre before retiring from acting in the early 1990s.

Jourdan has two stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame and was awarded the highest decoration in France, the Legion of Honour, at a 2010 ceremony attended by his acting friends Sidney Poitier and Kirk Douglas. “He was the last French figure of the Hollywood golden age. And he worked with so many of the greatest actors and directors,” his friend and biographer Olivier Minne said in a statement to the press shortly after Jourdan’s passing.

Jourdan died at his home in Beverly Hills on Saturday (February 14). His wife of more than 60 years, Berthe Frederique Jourdan, passed away last year, and his only son died in 1981 of a drug overdose.