Armenian-French singer and diplomat

Charles Aznavour is ...

Dead
Born 22 May 1924 in Paris
Died 1 Oct 2018 in Mouriès
Age94 years, 4 months
Causepulmonary edema
Height1.61m (5 ft, 3 in)
Correction?
Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour (b. May 22, 1924) – French singer

About Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour (; born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, Armenian: Շահնուր Վաղինակ Ազնավուրյան; 22 May 1924 – 1 October 2018) was a French-Armenian singer, lyricist, and diplomat. Aznavour was known for his distinctive tenor voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. In a composer/singer/songwriter career spanning over 70 years, he recorded more than 1,200 songs interpreted in nine languages. Moreover, he wrote or co-wrote more than 1,000 songs for himself and others. Aznavour was one of France's most popular and enduring singers. He sold 180 million records during his lifetime and was dubbed France's Frank Sinatra, while music critic Stephen Holden described Aznavour as a "French pop deity". He was also arguably the most famous Armenian of his time. In 1998, Aznavour was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. He was recognized as the century's outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. Jean Cocteau said: "Before Aznavour, despair was unpopular".Aznavour sang for presidents, popes and royalty, as well as at humanitarian events. In response to the 1988 Armenian earthquake, he founded the charitable organization Aznavour for Armenia along with his long-time friend impresario Levon Sayan. In 2009, he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia's permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva.He started his last world tour in 2014. On 24 August 2017, Aznavour was awarded the 2,618th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year he and his sister were awarded the Raoul Wallenberg Award for sheltering Jews during World War II. His last concert took place in NHK Hall in Osaka on 19 September 2018.

He is also known as Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian.

Death

On 1 October 2018, Aznavour was found dead in a bathtub at his home at Mouriès at the age of 94. At the time of his death his tax residence was in Saint-Sulpice, Vaud, Switzerland. An autopsy report concluded that Aznavour died of cardiorespiratory arrest complicated by an acute pulmonary edema. A requiem was held on October 6 by Catholicos Karekin II at the Armenian Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paris.

On 5 October, Aznavour was honoured with a state funeral at Les Invalides military complex in Paris, with president Emmanuel Macron lauding him as one of the most important “faces of France”. He praised Aznavour's lyrics, which he said appealed to "our secret fragility" and said the singer's words were "for millions of people a balm, a remedy, a comfort ... For so many decades, he has made our life sweeter, our tears less bitter." His coffin was lifted away at the end to the sound of his hit song "Emmenez-Moi" (Take Me Along). Dignitaries attending the funeral also included French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, as well as Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and their wives.

He is buried in the family crypt in Montfort-l'Amaury cemetery.

Films

Charles Aznavour has worked on the following films:

The Tin Drum
1979 film by Volker Schlöndorff
1979
And Then There Were None
1974 film by Peter Collinson
1974
Candy
1968 film by Christian Marquand
1968
Head Against the Wall
1959 film by Georges Franju
1959
Teheran 43
1981 film by Aleksandr Alov, Vladimir Naumov
1981
Sky Riders
1976 film by Douglas Hickox
1976
The Hatter's Ghost
1982 film by Claude Chabrol
1982
Cherchez l'idole
1964 film by Michel Boisrond
1964
The Twist
1976 film by Claude Chabrol
1976
La Métamorphose des cloportes
1965 film by Pierre Granier-Deferre
1965
Les Lions sont lâchés
1961 film by Henri Verneuil
1961
The Blockhouse
1973
Édith et Marcel
1983 film by Claude Lelouch
1983
The Magic Mountain
1982 film by Hans W. Geißendörfer
1982
Three Fables of Love
1962
The Games
1970 film by Michael Winner
1970
Testament of Orpheus
1960 film by Jean Cocteau
1960
The Colonel
film
2006
Tomorrow Is My Turn
1960 film by André Cayatte
1960
Boys' School
1938 film by Christian-Jaque
1938
Love Me Strangely
1970 film by Sergio Gobbi
1970
High Infidelity
1964
The Heist
1970 film by Sergio Gobbi
1970
Goodbye Darling
1946 film by Raymond Bernard
1946
The Lion's Share
1971 film by Jean Larriaga
1971
Pourquoi viens-tu si tard?
French film, 1959
1959
Un taxi pour Tobrouk
1960 film by Denys de La Patellière
1960
Rat Trap
1963 film by Jean-Gabriel Albicocco
1963
Les Dragueurs
1959 film by Jean-Pierre Mocky
1959
Viva la vie
1984 film by Claude Lelouch
1984
C'est arrivé à 36 chandelles
1957 film by Henri Diamant-Berger
1957
Dear Caroline
1968 film by Denys de La Patellière
1968
Oh ! Qué mambo
1958 film by John Berry
1958
Les Vierges
1963 film by Jean-Pierre Mocky
1963
Ciao, les mecs
1979 film by Sergio Gobbi
1979
Qu'est-ce qui fait courir David ?
1982 film by Élie Chouraqui
1982
1974, une partie de campagne
2002 film by Raymond Depardon
2002
Pourquoi Paris ?
1962 film by Denys de La Patellière
1962
Mangeclous
1988 film by Moshé Mizrahi
1988
Paris Music Hall
1957 film by Stany Cordier
1957
Paris au mois d'août
1966 film by Pierre Granier-Deferre
1966
Horace 62
1962
La Guerre des gosses
1937 film by Jacques Daroy
1937
Le facteur s'en va-t-en guerre
1966 film by Claude Bernard-Aubert
1966
Les Années campagne
1992 film by Philippe Leriche
1992
Tempo di Roma
1963 film by Denys de La Patellière
1963
Le Comédien
1997 film by Christian de Chalonge
1997
Yiddish Connection
1986 film by Paul Boujenah
1986
Emmenez-moi
2005 film by Edmond Bensimon
2005
Il Maestro
1989 film by Marion Hänsel
1989