Jean-Michel Cousteau

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Jean-Michel Cousteau
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Cousteau (right) with partner Nancy Marr, December 2007
Born (1938-05-06) 6 May 1938 (age 75)
Toulon, France
Partner(s) Nancy Marr

Jean-Michel Cousteau (born 6 May 1938) is a French explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer. The first son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, he is the father of Fabien Cousteau and Céline Cousteau.

Life and career[edit]

Cousteau is the son of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Simone Melchior. Cousteau first dived with an aqua-lung in 1945 when he was 7 years old. Although he went to school to study architecture,[1] he became part of his father's Cousteau Society, serving for twenty years as executive vice president before striking out on his own in 1993 to produce environmental films.[2][3][4] Cousteau and his father had disagreed about the management and policies of the Society.[5]

After Cousteau opened a resort on a Fiji Island utilizing the family name, Jacques-Yves Cousteau filed a lawsuit against him in 1995.[4] In June 1996, a court signed an injunction requiring him to add, with equal prominence in placement, his first name to the hotel.[3] Jean-Michel then founded the Ocean Futures Society in 1999, a marine conservation and education organization which fosters a conservation ethic, conducts research, and develops marine education programs. In 2003, Francesca Sorrenti and Marisha Shibuya of the SKe GROUP project, in partnership with Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, collaborated to produce Water Culture, a Trolley Books publication featuring a wide variety of photographer's water related imagery and interviews with prominent world personalities on the problems facing our water supply.[6] Cousteau is also Chairman of Green Cross France.

Cousteau is working on a documentary highlighting the epic and disastrous 2010 Gulf Oil Spill in which 11 workers were killed during an explosion of the Deepwater Rig 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

During 2012, he wrote the book "My Father, The Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau".

Film production and appearances[edit]

He has produced over 70 films.[7]

He appeared on a documentary-type special feature on the DVD version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in which he and Stephen Hillenburg talk about all of the real-life counterparts to the sea creatures seen in the cartoon series and the movie and even some that are not in the movie. He did a similar feature for the DVD of the Disney/Pixar movie Finding Nemo.

Jean-Michel Cousteau made a new documentary series Ocean Adventures[8] released in 2006.

In Disney's DVD release of the Pixar film Finding Nemo, Cousteau makes an appearance interacting with the characters from the film, Marlin, Nemo and Dory, and touting the need for better pollution control, showing videos of sick coral reefs.

He also appears in the IMAX documentary film Coral Reef Adventure.

Ocean Futures Society, KQED and PBS are continuing production on the Ocean Adventures series for 2007 and 2008. In October 2006, Jean-Michel Cousteau, and an expedition team that includes his son Fabien and daughter Céline, began filming along the Amazon River. Twenty years ago scientists predicted devastation and irreversible environmental damage here, and 25 years ago Jean-Michel Cousteau and his legendary father traveled with their teams the entire length of the Amazon to document, learn, and see for themselves.

In 2006, Cousteau's documentary Voyage to Kure inspired then United States President George W. Bush to protect the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, making it — with its 140,000 square miles (360,000 km2) of ocean waters, islands and atolls — one of the largest Marine Protected Areas in the world.[9][10]

Filmography[edit]

Unless noted otherwise, all are appearances as himself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cruz, Gilbert (April 22, 2009). "Q&A: Jean-Michael Cousteau on Killer Whales". Time. 
  2. ^ "Cousteau family feuds over Hawaii condo project". chinaview.cn. Xinhua News Agency. October 28, 2006. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ a b Brozan, Nadine (June 12, 1996). "Chronicle". New York Times. p. A21. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Cousteau's Legacy: His Son and Widow Compete to Carry On". Time. October 5, 1998. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  5. ^ Jonas, Gerald (June 26, 1997). "Jacques Cousteau, Oceans' Impresario, Dies". New York Times. p. A1. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  6. ^ http://trolleybooks.com/bookSingle.php?bookId=22
  7. ^ Sheridan, Patricia (April 24, 2006). "Breakfast With Jean-michel Cousteau". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-01-25. [dead link]
  8. ^ Ocean Adventures
  9. ^ "President Bush Establishes Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument" (Press release). Office of the Press Secretary. 2006-06-15. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  10. ^ Weiss, Kenneth (2006-06-15). "Turnaround as Bush creates huge aquatic Eden". Los Angeles Times (The Sydney Morning Herald). Retrieved 2008-08-26. 

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