Louis Jourdan, Star of ‘Gigi’ and ‘Octopussy,’ Dead at 93

Jourdan died at his home in Beverly Hills

Last Updated: June 21, 2015 @ 12:40 AM

Louis Jourdan, a veteran actor who starred in such films as “Gigi” and “Octopussy,” died in Beverly Hills at age 93, his friend and official biographer Olivier Minne said Sunday.

“He embodied French elegance and Hollywood offered him the parts to go with that,” Minne told news agency Agence France Press.

The actor died of natural causes at his Southern California home on Saturday, Minne said.

Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France in 1921, and studied at the École Dramatique.

He was best known for his role in the 1958 musical “Gigi” and as the villain in the 1983 James Bond film “Octopussy.” He also appeared in the feature films “Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “Can-Can” (1960) and was the narrator in 1962’s “Irma la Douce.”