Charles Aznavour's Interesting Facts

1 Charles Aznavour is the cousin of Armenian born actor Mike Connors, who played in the Mannix series.
2 Played a character named Ed Saroyan in two unrelated movies: "Shoot the Piano Player" and "Ararat". However, the character in the first one is named Edouard (French spelling) and the character in the second one is named Edward (English spelling).
3 On April 25th, 2009 received l'Ordre National du Québec. It's the highest Honor bestowed by the Government of Quebec.
4 He became Armenia's ambassador to Switzerland, where he resides. He was granted Armenian citizenship in December 2008. [February 2009]
5 On July 5th, 2008 was invested as an honorary officer of the Order of Canada. The honorary status is a special designation reserved for non-Canadians.
6 Through the beauty and magic of video technology, Aznavour performs with a ghostly Édith Piaf, a la Nat King Cole and daughter Natalie, the song "Plus bleu que tes yeux.".
7 In 1998, Aznavour was chosen "Entertainer of the Century" by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. Aznavour was recognized as the century's outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra.
8 Of Armenian descent, the performer founded the relief organization "Aznavour for Armenia" following the 1988 earthquake in his homeland.
9 At the age of 9, he heard boulevardier's Maurice Chevalier's "Donnez Moi La Main Mamz'elle Et Ne Dites Rien" and found his calling as a chansonnier.
10 Known for his "faits de societe" songs which dramatizes social issues. He has written songs about everything from AIDS and traffic accidents to divorce and weight problems.
11 At age 75 years old, he continued to act in movies, writes songs and record. One album was entitled "Jazznavour," which featured new versions of his old classics recorded with a group of American jazz musicians.
12 At the start of autumn in 2006, Aznavour initiated his farewell tour, performing in the US and Canada, and earning very positive reviews. For 2007, Aznavour has concerts scheduled all over Japan and Asia. The second half of 2007 sees Aznavour returning to Paris for over 20 shows at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. He has repeatedly stated that this farewell tour, health permitting, will likely last beyond 2010.
13 In 2006, 82-year old Aznavour traveled to Cuba, where he, together with Chucho Valdes, recorded his new album "Color Ma Vie,"presented at Aznavour's Moscow concert in April 2007.
14 Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1996.
15 Partly inspired the character Char Aznable from the 1979 anime Mobile Suit Gundam (1979) (English name "Mobile Suit Gundam").
16 Member of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1986.
17 Worked with François Truffaut who petitioned for the release of Sergei Parajanov from the Soviet prisons; Aznavour also worked with Atom Egoyan, whose 2nd favourite film is Sergei Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates (1969) while Mikhail Vartanov, the best friend of Sergei Parajanov, regards The Color of Pomegranates (1969) as his most favourite picture and Charles Aznavour as his most favourite singer.
18 Daughters: Seda, Patricia Aznavour and Katia Aznavour. Sons: Patrick and Mischa Aznavour (Micha Aznavour).
19 He is an Armenian-French singer-composer born in Paris but very popular among the French culture especially in Quebec.
20 Married five times.
21 French singer/actor, a.k.a. Charles Aznavurian.
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