French Star Aumont Dies

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/29/1997 12:00AM

French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont, 90, who played romantic roles in Hollywood (including opposite Leslie Caron in 1953's "Lili") and on stage both on Broadway and in Paris, died at his home on the French Riviera Tuesday. Among his better roles was that in Francois Truffaut's "Day for Night," in the '70s. More recently, he appeared in the Merchant-Ivory production of "Jefferson in Paris," and his final performance was in the 1998 TV mini-series "The Count of Monte Christo." French President Jacques Chirac, in a statement released after Aumont's death, said the leading man "conquered Hollywood and Broadway with panache."

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