Eddie Constantine

Eddie Constantine

Male 1917 - 1993  (75 years)    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Eddie Constantine 
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Born 29 Oct 1917  Los Angeles, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Feb 1993  Wiesbaden, Hessen, D Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I373664  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2002 

    Family 1 Helene Mussel 
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F148289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Edith Piaff,   b. 19 Dec 1915,   d. 11 Oct 1963  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 1950 
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F148275  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Feb 1993 - Wiesbaden, Hessen, D Link to Google Earth
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    • Iconic American-born actor and singer of international films since the 1950s. Born in L.A. to Russian immigrant parents, Constantine studied voice in Vienna. He returned to the USA where his singing career wavered and he found work as a film extra. Constantine first achieved fame in Paris where he launched a successful career as a popular singer under the tutelage of Edith Piaf. On screen from 1953, his tough guy manner was put to good use in French imitations of Bogart films, several of which featured Peter Cheyney's no-nonsense, hard-hitting private detective, Lemmy Caution. In 1965 Jean-Luc Godard appropriated both Constantine and the Caution character for "Alphaville", a futuristic, parodic homage to the detective genre. The tough guys the craggy-faced Constantine played were ideals derived from the already stylized and ritualized world of G-men and private eyes found in American movies. Filmmakers of the New German Cinema resurrected Constantine and his persona; notably Rainer Werner Fassbinder cast him as the laconic star of the film-within-the-film in "Beware of a Holy Whore" (1970). Constantine also appeared in a good number of German television dramas in the 70s and 80s and, late in life, reprised his most famous role in Godard's "Germany Year 90 Nine Zero" (1991).

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