He didn't want his daughter Florence to become an actress and tried in every way to prevent her to do. When she married a jockey against his will he didn't go to the wedding ceremony but sent a friend, the actor Lino Ventura.
Male winner of 1953 Lemon Prize, awarded by French journalists to the nastiest French actors.
Following the German occupation of France, he emigrated to Hollywood At that time, he began a romance with Marlene Dietrich and lived there until 1943.
His parents, Ferdinand Moncorgé and Hélène Petit, were performers and singers in low-class shows.
Made his debut on stage as a variety singer.