He co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in the 1960 film, Let's Make Love. His role in I comme lcare garnered him a Cesar Award nomination.
He was a handsome French actor of the 1960s, appearing in Wages of Fear and Manon of the Springs.
He once had an affair with movie actress Marilyn Monroe.
In his youth, he was employed in his sister's barber shop and at the docks of Marseille. He debuted as Diego in the 1946 film, Les portes de la nuit.
Singer Edith Piaf discovered him in a music-hall in 1944 and became his mentor and lover.