Born Ivo (some sources say Yvo) Livi, October 13, 1921, in Monsumano, Tuscany, Italy; died of a heart attack, November 9, 1991, in Senlis, France. Actor and singer.
Beginning his entertainment career as a singer in France during World War II,Montand went on to gain fame as a stage and film actor. He made his film debut in the 1946 Etoile sans lumiere (also known as Star without Light). Working primarily in French and Italian movies, Montand first received international acclaim for his role in Le Salaire de la peur (also known as The Wages of Fear) in 1953. In the 1960s and 1970s he appearedin such well-received films as Z, Tout va bien, Cesar et Rosalie, andVincent, Francois, Paul, et les autres. His last films included Jean de Florette and Manon des sources (also known as Manon of theSpring). Montand recorded many songs for movie soundtracks and in 1982 gave the first performance by a variety singer at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He also wrote a book of memoirs entitled Du soleil plein la tete.