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Actor and director Robert Hossein was born on December 30, 1927 in Paris, France. He is the son of the late Russian-Iranian composer Aminollah (André) Hossein who composed several symphonies among them, "Persian Miniature", "I Love My Country", "Symphony Persepolis" and "Scheherezade" (Shahrzad), which was choreographed by George Skibine, one of Diaghilev's dancers.

Robert Hossein started his acting carreer with his friend Charles Aznavour in the mid fifties essentially type casted as "Mr. Tough Guy". However he attained international fame in the early Sixties particularily in Europe, Russia and Asia as the mysterious "Jeoffrey, Comte de Peyrac" lover of the lovely Michèle Mercier in the soft erotic adventure film series of "Angélique Marquise des Anges". In the seventies and eighties he was to play opposite Jean Paul Belmondo in police thrillers like "The Professional".

Hossein is particularily known for being a talented theater director and his taste for popular historical vehicles involving large sets and numerous actors. Among his latest creations were "Danton" and "Celui qui a dit non" a play on Charles de Gaulle and the French resistance.

Thanks to Darius KADIVAR

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