Henri Decoin

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Henri Decoin
Henri Decoin 1919.jpg
Henri Decoin in 1919
Born (1890-03-18)18 March 1890
Paris, France
Died 4 July 1969(1969-07-04) (aged 79)
Paris, France
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Years active 1925–1964

Henri Decoin (18 March 1890 – 4 July 1969) was a French film director and screenwriter, who directed more than 50 films between 1933 and 1964. He was also a swimmer who won the national title in 1911 and held the national record in the 500 m freestyle. He competed in the 400 m freestyle at the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the water polo tournament at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[1]

During World War I Decoin served as a pilot. After that he worked as a sports journalist for L'Auto, L'Intransigeant and Paris-Soir. In 1926 he published his first book, the prize-winning Quinze Rounds (Fifteen Rounds), and in 1933 directed his first film, Les requins du pétrole (The Oil Sharks).[1]

Decoin was married four times. His second marriage was to actress and singer Danielle Darrieux. His son Didier Decoin also became a prominent screenwriter.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Henri Decoin Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 

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