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Marcel Dalio (born Israel Moshe Blauschild; 23 November 1899 in
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Life and career


Early life in France

Dalio was born Israel Moshe Blauschild in Paris to
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and performed in revues from 1920. Dalio appeared in stage plays from the 1920s and acted in French films in the 1930s. His first big film success was in Julien Duvivier's ''Pépé le Moko'' (1937). He followed them with two films for
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'' (''La Règle du jeu'', 1939). After divorcing his first wife, Jany Holt, he married the young actress Madeleine Lebeau in 1939.


Wartime exile

In June 1940, Dalio and Lebeau left Paris ahead of the invading German army and reached Lisbon. They are presumed to have received transit visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes, allowing them to enter Spain and journey on to Portugal. It took them two months to get visas to Chile. However, when their ship, the S.S. Quanza, S.S. ''Quanza'', stopped in Mexico, they were stranded (along with around 200 other passengers) when the Chilean visas they had purchased turned out to be forgeries. Eventually they were able to get temporary Canadian passports and entered the United States. Meanwhile, the advancing German Nazi army in occupied France used posters of his face as a representative of "a typical Jew". All other members of Dalio's family died in Nazi concentration camps. In Hollywood, although Dalio was never quite able to regain the profile he had in France, he appeared in 19 American films during the Second World War, in stereotypical roles as a Frenchman. Dalio's first film in the United States was the Fred MacMurray comedy ''One Night in Lisbon'' (1941) in which he portrayed a hotel concierge. Around the same time, he appeared in the Edward G. Robinson film ''Unholy Nights'' and the Gene Tierney film ''The Shanghai Gesture'' (also 1941). He remained busy, appearing in ''Flight Lieutenant (film), Flight Lieutenant'' (1942) starring Pat O'Brien (actor), Pat O'Brien and Glenn Ford. Dalio next portrayed a Frenchman, Focquet, in the film ''The Pied Piper (1942 film), The Pied Piper'' (also 1942). In this film, Monty Woolley portrayed an Englishman trying to get out of France with an ever-increasing number of children ahead of the German invasion. Dalio then appeared among the star-studded cast in ''Tales of Manhattan'' (both 1942). In the uncredited role of Emil the croupier in ''Casablanca (film), Casablanca'' (also 1942), he appeared in the scene when Captain Renault closes down Rick's Cafe American using the pretext, "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!", Emil approaches him and hands him his usual Bribery, bribe money saying, "Your winnings sir.", while Rick darts Emile a flabbergasted look. His wife Madeleine Lebeau was also in the film, playing Yvonne, Rick's intermittent girlfriend. On 22 June, while Lebeau was filming her scenes with Hans Twardowski as the German officer, Dalio filed for divorce in Los Angeles on the grounds of desertion. He was cast in some larger roles, for example in the war dramas ''Tonight We Raid Calais (film), Tonight We Raid Calais'' and ''Paris After Dark'' (both 1943), in the latter his ex-wife Lebeau also appeared. Dalio played a French policeman in ''The Song of Bernadette (film), The Song of Bernadette'' (also 1943). His penultimate wartime role in an American film was in the adaptation of ''To Have and Have Not (film), To Have and Have Not'' (1944) reuniting him with Humphrey Bogart.


Postwar

When the war in Europe ended in May 1945, Dalio returned to France to continue his movie career. His first appearance that year was in ''Her Final Role'' (''Son dernier rôle'', 1946). He appeared in ten more movies in France and one in England through the late 1940s. He played Captain Nikarescu in ''Black Jack (1950 film), Black Jack'' (1950). Dalio appeared in four American movies in the mid-1950s. ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953 film), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe and ''Flight to Tangier'' (both 1953) starring Joan Fontaine, ''Lucky Me (film), Lucky Me'' starring Doris Day and ''Sabrina (1954 film), Sabrina'' (both 1954) starring Bogart and Audrey Hepburn. In ''Sabrina'', the bearded Dalio played one of Hepburn's fellow cooking students in Paris. He then briefly returned to France. Dalio portrayed the Claude Rains character, Captain Renault, in the short-lived television series ''Casablanca (1955 TV series), Casablanca'' (1955). Dalio had the role of a French sergeant in the war drama ''Jump into Hell'' (also 1955) about the French defeat at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam. Dalio appeared in the musical comedy ''Ten Thousand Bedrooms'' starring Dean Martin, with Paul Henreid in the supporting cast. He also appeared as a French priest in a war movie, again about the French involvement in Vietnam, called ''China Gate (1957 film), China Gate'' which features the acting of Nat King Cole. Finally that year, Dalio played Zizi in ''The Sun Also Rises (1957 film), The Sun Also Rises'' (all 1957) his third movie based on an Ernest Hemingway novel, this time starring Tyrone Power and Ava Gardner. Over the next four years, he appeared in ''Lafayette Escadrille (film), Lafayette Escadrille'', ''The Perfect Furlough'' (both 1958) starring Tony Curtis, ''The Man Who Understood Women'' starring Henry Fonda, ''Pillow Talk (film), Pillow Talk'' (both 1959) starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day, ''Can-Can (film), Can-Can'' (1960) starring Frank Sinatra and ''The Devil at 4 O'Clock'' (1961) starring Sinatra and Spencer Tracy. After making more movies in France, Dalio received a major supporting role in the mystery ''The List of Adrian Messenger'' (1963), set entirely in England but filmed primarily in Hollywood. Two of Dalio's previous co-stars, Tony Curtis and Frank Sinatra, had cameos in the film. This was followed with the part of Father Cluzeot in the John Wayne movie, ''Donovan's Reef'' (also 1963). After appearing again with Tony Curtis in ''Wild and Wonderful'' (1964), Dalio returned to France. He continued making movies for Hollywood, but he also appeared in many French productions. Later movies featuring Dalio include ''Lady L'' (1965) starring Sophia Loren and Paul Newman, ''How to Steal a Million'' (1966) starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole and ''How Sweet It Is!'' (1968) starring Debbie Reynolds and James Garner. In Mike Nichols' ''Catch-22 (film), Catch-22'' Dalio played the old Italian living in the whorehouse, while he also appeared in ''The Great White Hope (film), The Great White Hope'' (both 1970) with James Earl Jones. From then on, he did movies almost entirely in France, the best known of them being ''The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob'' (1973) and ''La Bête (film), La Bête'' (1975) directed by Walerian Borowczyk. His last appearance was in a TV movie portraying Lord Exeter in ''Les Longuelune'' (1982).


Television

Dalio also appeared in numerous television shows both in the United States (between 1954 and 1963) and in France (1968 to 1981). These include guest appearances in ''Alfred Hitchcock Presents'', ''Peter Gunn'', ''77 Sunset Strip'', ''Maverick (TV series), Maverick'' (in "List of Maverick episodes, Game of Chance" with James Garner and Jack Kelly (actor), Jack Kelly), ''Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond'' and ''Ben Casey''. Dalio married Hollywood based French journalist Madeleine [Alena] Prime in Los Angeles, in 1981. Dalio, who appeared in almost 150 movies, died in Paris on 18 November 1983 at the age of 83. He is buried in Cimetière parisien de Montrouge in Hauts de Seine, France.


Selected filmography

* ''Olive passager clandestin'' (1931) – Caravanos * ''The Night at the Hotel'' (1932) – Jérôme * ''Les affaires publiques'' (1934) – Le speaker / Le sculpteur / Le capitaine des pompiers / L'amiral * ''Turandot, Princess of China'' (1935) – Hippolyte * ''Return to Paradise (1935 film), Return to Paradise'' (1935) – Le notaire * ''Le golem'' (1936) – (uncredited) * ''Quand minuit sonnera'' (1936) * ''Beethoven's Great Love'' (1936) – L'éditeur Steiner * ''Pépé le Moko'' (1937) – L'Arbi * ''White Cargo (1937 film), White Cargo'' (1937) – Pérez * ''L'Homme à abattre'' (1937) * ''Marthe Richard, au service de la France'' (1937) – Pedro * ''The Pearls of the Crown'' (1937) – Le ministre d'Abyssinie * ''
La Grande Illusion ''La Grande Illusion'' (also known as ''The Grand Illusion'') is a 1937 French war film War film is a film genre A film genre is a Genre, stylistic or thematic category for Film, motion pictures based on similarities either in the narr ...
'' (1937) – Le lieutenant Rosenthal * ''Sarati the Terrible (1937 film), Sarati the Terrible'' (1937) – Benoît * ''The Kiss of Fire'' (1937) – Le photographe * ''Miarka (1937 film), Miarka'' (1937) – Le maire * ''Les pirates du rail'' (1938) – Le mercenaire * ''Mollenard'' (1938) – Happy Jones * ' (1938) – Le donneur * ''La Maison du Maltais'' (1938) – Matteo Gordina – le Maltais * ''The Curtain Rises'' (1938) – Le jude d'instruction * ''Conflict (1938 film), Conflict'' (1938) – L'usurier / The Money-Lender * ''L'Esclave blanche'' (1939) – Le sultan Soliman * ''La Tradition de minuit'' (1939) – Édouard Mutter, l'antiquaire * ''La Règle du jeu'' (1939) – Marquis Robert de la Cheyniest * ''Sacred Woods'' (1939) – Zakouskine, le danseur * ''Thunder Over Paris'' (1940) – Barel * ''One Night in Lisbon'' (1941) – Concierge * ''Unholy Partners'' (1941) – Molyneaux * ''The Shanghai Gesture'' (1941) – The Master of the Spinning Wheel * ''Flight Lieutenant (film), Flight Lieutenant'' (1942) – Marcel Faulet (uncredited) * ''The Pied Piper (1942 film), The Pied Piper'' (1942) – Focquet * ''Tales of Manhattan'' (1942) – 2nd Salesman at Santelli's (Fields sequence) (uncredited) * ''Casablanca (film), Casablanca'' (1942) – Emil – Croupier at Rick's (uncredited) * ''Tonight We Raid Calais'' (1943) – Jacques Grandet * ''The Constant Nymph (1943 film), The Constant Nymph'' (1943) – Georges * ''Paris After Dark'' (1943) – Luigi – Quisling Barber * ''Flesh and Fantasy'' (1943) – Clown (uncredited) * ''The Desert Song (1943 film), The Desert Song'' (1943) – Tarbouch * ''The Song of Bernadette (film), The Song of Bernadette'' (1943) – Callet * ''Action in Arabia'' (1944) – Chakka – Arab Henchman at Airport * ''Pin Up Girl (film), Pin Up Girl'' (1944) – Pierre (uncredited) * ''Wilson (1944 film), Wilson'' (1944) – Georges Clemenceau, Premier Georges Clemenceau * ''To Have and Have Not (film), To Have and Have Not'' (1944) – Gérard (Frenchy) * ''A Bell for Adano'' (1945) – Zito * ''Her Final Role'' (1946) – Ardouin * ''Pétrus'' (1946) – Luciani * ''Temptation Harbour'' (1947) – Insp. Dupré * ''The Damned (1947 film), The Damned'' (1947) – Larga * ''Snowbound (1948 film), Snowbound'' (1948) – Stefano Valdini *''Judicial Error'' (1948) – Dinari * ''Dédée d'Anvers'' (1948) – Marco * ''Dark Sunday'' (1948) – Max – l'éditeur * ''The Lovers Of Verona'' (1949) – Amedeo Maglia * ''Wicked City (1949 film), Wicked City'' (1949) – Aimé – un nervi * ''Portrait of an Assassin'' (1949) – Fred dit Bébé * ''Maya'' (1949) – Le steward * ''Menace de mort'' (1950) – Denis * ''Black Jack (1950 film), Black Jack'' (1950) – Captain Nikarescu * ''Oriental Port'' (1950) – Zarapoulos * ''On the Riviera'' (1951) – Philippe Lebrix * ''Rich, Young and Pretty'' (1951) – Claude Duval * ''Nous irons à Monte-Carlo'' (1951) – Poulos – l'imprésario * ''Lovely to Look At'' (1952) – Pierre * ''The Merry Widow (1952 film), The Merry Widow'' (1952) – Police Sergeant * ''The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952 film), The Snows of Kilimanjaro'' (1952) – Emile * ''The Happy Time'' (1952) – Grandpere Bonnard * ''Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953 film), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'' (1953) – Magistrate * ''Flight to Tangier'' (1953) – Goro * ''Monte Carlo Baby'' (1953) – Melissa Farrell's Agent * ''Lucky Me (film), Lucky Me'' (1954) – Anton * ''La Patrouille des sables'' (1954) – Maillard * ''Sabrina (1954 film), Sabrina'' (1954) – Baron St. Fontanel * ''Tres hombres van a morir'' (1954) – Maillard * ''The Lovers of Lisbon'' (1955) – Porfirio * ''Jump Into Hell'' (1955) – Sgt. Taite * ''Razzia sur la chnouf'' (1955) – Paul Liski * ''Miracle in the Rain'' (1956) – Marcel – Waiter * ''Anything Goes (1956 film), Anything Goes'' (1956) – Ship's Captain (uncredited) * ''Ten Thousand Bedrooms'' (1957) – Vittorio Cisini * ''China Gate (1957 film), China Gate'' (1957) – Father Paul * ''The Sun Also Rises (1957 film), The Sun Also Rises'' (1957) – Zizi * ''Tip on a Dead Jockey'' (1957) – Toto del Aro * ''Lafayette Escadrille (film), Lafayette Escadrille'' (1958) – Drill Sergeant * ''The Perfect Furlough'' (1958) – Henri Valentin * ''The Man Who Understood Women'' (1959) – Le Marne * ''Pillow Talk (film), Pillow Talk'' (1959) – Pierot * ''Can-Can (film), Can-Can'' (1960) – Andre – the head waiter * ''Classe Tous Risques'' (1960) – Arthur Gibelin * ''Song Without End'' (1960) – Chelard * ''The Devil at 4 O'Clock'' (1961) – Gaston * ''Jessica (film), Jessica'' (1962) – Luigi Tuffi * ''Cartouche (film), Cartouche'' (1962) – Malichot * ''Le Petit Garçon de l'ascenseur'' (1962) – Antonio * ''The Law of Men (1962 film), The Law of Men'' (1962) – L'avocat Plautet * ''Le Diable et les Dix Commandements'' (1962) – Le bijoutier / Jeweler (segment "Luxurieux point ne seras") * ''L'Abominable Homme des douanes'' (1963) – Gregor * ''The List of Adrian Messenger'' (1963) – Max Karoudjian * ''Donovan's Reef'' (1963) – Father Cluzeot * ''À couteaux tirés'' (1964) – Jean Grégor / Gregor Veloni * ''Wild and Wonderful'' (1964) – Dr. Reynard * ''The Monocle Laughs'' (1964) – Elie Mayerfitsky * ''Male Companion'' (1964) – Socratès * ''Tintin and the Blue Oranges'' (1964) – (voice, uncredited) * ''Lady L'' (1965) – Sapper * ''Made in Paris'' (1966) – Georges * ''Un garçon, une fille. Le dix-septième ciel'' (1966) – Le maître d'hôtel * ''How to Steal a Million'' (1966) – Senor Paravideo * ''Tender Scoundrel'' (1966) – Le père de Véronique * ''The 25th Hour (film), The 25th Hour'' (1967) – Strul * ''The Oldest Profession'' (1967) – Me Vladimir Leskov (segment "Aujourd'hui") * ''How Sweet It Is!'' (1968) – Louis * ''Du blé en liasses'' (1969) – Vanessian * ''Justine (1969 film), Justine'' (1969) – French Consul General * ''Catch-22 (film), Catch-22'' (1970) – Old Man in Whorehouse * ''The Great White Hope (film), The Great White Hope'' (1970) – French Promoter * ''L'amour c'est gai, l'amour c'est triste'' (1971) – M. Paul * ''Aussi loin que l'amour'' (1971) – Le milliardaire * ''Papa les p'tits bateaux'' (1971) – Boudu, le clochard * ''Les Yeux fermés'' (1972) – Le vieux monsieur * ''La punition'' (1973) – Le Libanais * ''The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob'' (1973) – Rabbi Jacob * ''Ursule et Grelu'' (1974) – Le réceptionniste * ''Dédé la tendresse'' (1974) * ''La Bête (film), La Bête'' (1975) – Duc Rammendelo De Balo * ''Let Joy Reign Supreme'' (1975) – Le noble suffocant au repas (uncredited) * ''Trop c'est trop'' (1975) – Saint-Pierre * ''La chatte sur un doigt brûlant'' (1975) – Hector Franbourgeois * ''Le faux-cul'' (1975) – Cohen * ''Hard Love'' (1975) – Le maître d'hôtel * ''The Wing or the Thigh'' (1976) – Le tailleur de Duchemin * ''Solemn Communion'' (1977) – Old Charles Gravet * ''Shadow of the Castles'' (1977) – Père Renard * ''L'Honorable Société'' (1978) – Marcel * ''One Page of Love'' (1978) – Le père de Fanny * ''Surprise Sock'' (1978) – Monsieur L'église * ''Le paradis des riches'' (1978) – Mathieu * ''Brigade mondaine: Vaudou aux Caraïbes'' (1980) – Mazoyer


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