- Rochefort, Charles de
(Charles d'Authier de Rochefort / July 7, 1879, Port-Vendres, Pyrénées-Orientales, France - February 2, 1952, Paris, France)A former insurance agent, he turned an actor and played onstage and in music halls and cabarets before entering films as an extra and stuntman in 1906. After notably being Max Linder's stand-in, he started an acting career that led him to Hollywood, where he co-starred as Charles De Roche in some prestigious Paramount productions, including The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. DeMille, 1923) and The Cheat (George Fitzmaurice, 1923). Unfortunately, talkies stopped his professional rise. He went to Canada and came back to the music hall for a few years before returning to France, where he was reborn as a film director.Filmography1930 ◘ Une Femme a menti (French version of Robert Henley's The Lady Lies; also actor, editor; USA)◘ Dorville Chauffeur (short)◘ Le Secret du Docteur (French version of William de Mille's The Doctor's Secret; also Spanish version: El secreto del doctor; USA)◘ Laramount en Parade (French episodes; also Romanian version: Parada Paramount; Czech version: Paramount revul; USA)◘ Lausse Alerte (short)◘ Une Histoire de Cirque (short)1931 ◘ Un Bouquet de Flirts (medium-length)◘ Television (Italy)◘ Jours de Noces (short)◘ Par grande Vitesse (short)◘ Soirée dansante (short)◘ Trois Cœurs qui s'enflamment (medium-length; also screenwriter)
Encyclopedia of French film directors . Philippe Rège. 2011.