Jean-Paul Vignon dead – Shrek and 500 Days of Summer Star dies aged 89 after battle with liver cancer

SHREK and 500 Days of Summer star Jean-Paul Vignon has died at the age of 89.

The French vocalist and actor passed away following a battle with liver cancer.

French actor Jean-Paul Vignon has died at the age of 89 following a battle with liver cancerCredit: Facebook
Vignon in concert at the Basin Street East nightclub in New York City, circa 1963Credit: Getty

The news was announced by his family on Wednesday, who confirmed Vignon died on March 22 in Beverley Hills, California.

The US actor was best known for voicing one of Robin Hood’s Merry Men in Shrek and narrating the romantic comedy 500 Days of Summer.

Vignon’s early work began in France in the 1950s, where he performed as part of a cabaret in Paris and starred in a number of French films.

He eventually headed to New York, where he opened for stand-up comedian Woody Allen in 1963.

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Vignon would then go on to enjoy a successful eight-decade long acting career in the United States.

Among his notable acting credits was the role of Andre in Gilmore Girls and Monsieur Lazare in Days of Our Lives.

Alongside his acting work, however, Vignon was also a successful singer.

After signing with Columbia Records, he released his first album in the US, Because I Love You, in 1964.

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In a 1994, the Los Angeles Times wrote a profile on Vignon, claiming he’d “fulfilled the American image of the romantic, singing Frenchman”.

But unlike other renowned Frenchman, Vignon was able to “sing fast and passionate or gentle and slow.”

Vignon also made several appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, most notably singing a duet with Liza Minnelli on one of those occasions.

He was also a regular guest on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” as well as Merv Griffin’s daytime show.

Vignon is survived by his long-term partner, Suzie Summers, and his daughter, Marguerite Vignon Gaul.

He also has a second daughter, Lucy Brank, from his first marriage to the late actress Brigid Bazlen, as well as two grandchildren.



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