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1978: Charles Boyer, actor

Charles Boyer was a suave, French-born actor who courted a bevy of leading ladies in films during the 1930s and 1940s and became one of Warner Bros.' top stars. During the 1930s and 1940s, he epitomized the continental gallant -- suave, impeccable of manner and dress. He played the polished lover to many of the movies' leading ladies, yet had the strength and authority to be convincing also as a man of action. Boyer committed suicide two days before 79th birthday and two days after his wife of 44 years, Patricia, died of cancer. Charles Boyer's Hollywood star.Paramount Pictures