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Jacques Cousteau

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Birthday
11, 1910
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jun 25, 1997 (87)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
11, 1910
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jun 25, 1997 (87)

About

Oceanographer, explorer, conservationist, and filmmaker best known for his underwater documentary series. He uncovered the wreck of HMHS Britannic in 1976 and his TV series, The Cousteau Odyssey, ran on ABC from 1977 to 1982.

Before Fame

A car accident prevented him from becoming a navy pilot.

Trivia

He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Documentary for his 1956 film The Silent World, which was the only documentary to win the Palme d'Or until Michael Moore won in 2004. 

Family Life

He married Simone Melchior on July 12, 1937 and had two sons: Jean-Michel and Philippe.

Associated With

Ronald Reagan gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.