JUST LIKE EDDIE!

You know you’ve made it when they turn you into a small plastic figure
Born Edward Constantinowsky on 29 October 1917, in Los Angeles, to Russian immigrant parents. Eddie Constantine’s father was an operatic baratone and Eddie studied voice in Vienna, but his career as a singer in the US was unsuccessful. He married dancer Helene Mussel, and when she joined the Ballets de Monte Carlo they both moved to Paris, where Eddie began singing in nightclubs. Discovered by Edith Piaf, he became her protégé and close friend, and she helped him launch a career as a popular recording artist.

His film career began in 1953, when he first took the role of tough American private eye Lemmy Caution, in a series of French action thrillers based on the novels of Peter Cheyney. In 1965 Jean-Luc Godard appropriated both Constantine and Caution for Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution, a futuristic, parodic homage to the detective film genre. Constantine starred in movies of other genres, but usually in his basic tough-guy, heroic acting style. Filmmakers of the New German Cinema resurrected Constantine and his persona; notably, Rainer Werner Fassbinder cast him as the laconic star of the film-within-the-film in Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (1971). Constantine also appeared in a number of German TV dramas in the 70s and 80s and, late in life, re-visited his most famous role in Godard’s Allemagne année 90 neuf zéro (1991).

He is also the author of Le Proprietaire (published in English as The Godplayer) and Votre dévoué Blake.

He died 25 February 1993, in Wiesbaden, Germany.

TV & filmography

1. Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven (1993) .... Don Fabrizzi
2. Tokyo no kyujitsu (1993)
3. Allemagne 90 neuf zéro (1991) ....
Lemmy Caution
4. Europa (1991) .... Colonel Harris
5. "Frankensteins Tante" (1990) (mini) TV Series .... Alois (Wassermann)
6. "Rivalen der Rennbahn" (1989) TV Series
7. Retour de Lemmy Caution, Le (1989) (TV) ....
Lemmy Caution
8. Pehav‡ Max a strasidlá (1987) .... Vodník Alojz
9. Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (1987) .... Old Gangster
10. "Privé, Le" (1986) TV Series .... Walter Davis
11. "Roncalli" (1986) TV Series
12. Makaroni Blues (1986) ....
Lemmy Caution
13. Paul Chevrolet en de ultieme hallucinatie (1985) .... Boy Pappa
14. Rambo Zambo (1984) (TV) .... Harry
15. Scugnizzo a New York, Uno (1984)
16. Seifenblasen (1984)
17. Tiger - Frühling in Wien (1984)
18. "Une aventure de Phil Perfect" (1984) (mini) TV Series
19. J'ai bien l'honneur (1984) (TV) .... Mike Parker
20. Mikado-Projekt, Das (1983)
21. Bête noire, La (1983) .... Le patron du bar américain
22. Schnüffler, Der (1983) .... Gregori Ustinov
23. Boxoffice (1982) .... Hugh Barren
24. "De bien étranges affaires" (1982) (mini) TV Series .... Occono (segment "Lourde gueuse")
25. Fugitifs, Les (1982) (TV) .... M. John
26. Rote Liebe (1982) .... Pawel Pawlowitsch
27. "Kottan ermittelt" (1976) TV Series .... Guest-Investigator (1981)
28. Freak Orlando (1981) .... Säulenheiliger
29. Rote Liebe - Wassilissa (1981) .... Pawel Pawlowitsch
30. Neige (1981) .... Pierrot
31. Tango durch Deutschland (1981) .... Eddie
32. Exit... nur keine Panik (1980)
33. Panische Zeiten (1980)
34. Long Good Friday, The (1980) .... Charlie
35. Bestellt - geklaut - geliefert (1980) .... Laroux, police officer
36. Bildnis einer Trinkerin (1979)
37. Dritte Generation, Die (1979) .... Peter Lurz
38. Victor (1979) (TV)
39. It Lives Again (1978) .... Dr. Forrest
40. "Zwei himmlische Töchter" (1978) (mini) TV Series .... Slim Nesbit
41. Couple témoin, Le (1977) .... Jean-Michel
42. Bloedverwanten (1977) .... Priest
43. Raid on Entebbe (1977) (TV) .... Capt. Michel Becaud
44. Zweite Frühling, Der (1975) .... Frank Cabot
45. Souvenir of Gibraltar (1975) .... Jo, le père
46. Une baleine qui avait mal aux dents (1975) .... Eddie
47. Geen paniek (1973)
48. Welt am Draht (1973) (TV) .... Man in Rolls Royce
49. Wir sind drei (1972) (TV)
50. Haytabo (1971) .... Professor
51. Warnung vor einer heiligen Nutte (1971) .... Er selbst
52. Supergirl - Das Mädchen von den Sternen (1971) .... Partygast bei Polonsky
53. Rose für Jane, Eine (1970) (TV) .... Boss
54. Malatesta (1970) .... Malatesta
55. Lions Love (1969)
56. À tout casser (1968) .... Ric
57. Ces messieurs de la famille (1967) .... Le cousin Lemmy
58. Residencia para espías (1966) .... Dan Leyton
59. Cartas boca arriba (1966) .... Al Pereira
60. Je vous salue mafia (1965) .... Rudy
61. Nick Carter et le trèfle rouge (1965) .... Nick Carter
62. Cent briques et des tuiles (1965) .... Le consommateur au bar
63. Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution (1965) ....
Lemmy Caution
64. Faites vos jeux, mesdames (1965) .... Mike Warner
65. Ces dames s'en mêlent (1964)
66. Laissez tirer les tireurs (1964) .... Jeff Gordon
67. Lucky Jo (1964) .... Lucky Jo
68. Nick Carter va tout casser (1964) .... Nick Carter
69. Comment trouvez-vous ma soeur? (1963)
70. Des frissons partout (1963) .... Jeff Gordon
71. Tela de araña (1963)
72. À toi de faire... mignonne (1963) ....
Lemmy Caution
73. Femmes d'abord, Les (1963) .... Bobby Carao
74. Nous irons à Deauville (1962)
75. Empire de la nuit, L' (1962) .... Eddie
76. Bonne chance, Charlie (1962) .... Charlie
77. Sept péchés capitaux, Les (1962) .... Eddie (segment "La Paresse")
78. Une grosse tête (1961)
79. Cléo de 5 à 7 (1961) (uncredited) .... L'arroseur
80. Cause toujours, mon lapin (1961)
81. Mani in alto (1961) .... Felice Esposito
82. Lemmy pour les dames (1961) ....
Lemmy Caution
83. Comment qu'elle est! (1960) ....
Lemmy Caution
84. Me faire ça à moi (1960)
85. Ça va être ta fête (1960) .... John Lewis/John Jarvis
86. Chien de pique (1960) .... Patrick
87. Bomben auf Monte Carlo (1959) .... Kapitän Eddie Cronen
88. SOS Pacific (1959) .... Mark
89. Treasure of San Teresa, The (1959) .... Larry Brennan
90. Du rififi chez les femmes (1959) .... Williams
91. Passport to Shame (1958) .... Johnny McVey
92. Hoppla, jetzt kommt Eddie (1958) .... Eddie Petersen
93. Incognito (1958) .... Bob Stanley
94. Ces dames préfèrent le mambo (1957) .... Burt Brickford the Captain
95. Grand bluff, Le (1957) .... Eddie F. Morgan
96. Truands, Les (1956) .... Jim Esposito
97. Bonsoir Paris (1956)
98. Homme et l'enfant, L' (1956) .... Fred Barker
99. Folies-Bergère (1956) .... Bob Wellington
100. Ce soir les jupons volent (1956) .... M. Howard
101. Vous pigez (1956) ....
Lemmy Caution
102. Broadway Jungle (1955)
103. Je suis un sentimental (1955) .... Barney Morgan
104. Ça va barder (1955) .... Johnny Jordan
105. Avanzi di galera (1954) .... Franco Cesari
106. Votre dévoué Blake (1954) ....
Larry Blake
107. Cet homme est dangereux (1953) ....
Lemmy Caution
108. Egypt by Three (1953) .... Nick
109. Femmes s'en balancent, Les (1953) ....
Lemmy Caution
110. Môme vert-de-gris, La (1953) ....
Lemmy Caution
111. Born to Dance (1936) (uncredited) .... extra

As himself

1. Fluchtpunkt Berlin (1984)
2. Just Like Eddie (1980) (TV)
3. Gros malins, Les (1969)
4. Rote Lippen soll man küssen (1963)
5. Lykke og krone (1962)
6. Ravissante (1960) (uncredited)

Archive Footage

1. Eddie Constantine: Cet homme est un sentimental (1999) (TV)

Notable TV Guest Appearances

1. "Agence, L'" (1989) in episode: "Mais qui a tué Harry?" (episode # 1.4)
2. "Cinq dernières minutes, Les" (1975) playing John Kenneth Morton in episode: "Pour qui sonne le jazz" (episode # 3.55) 9 October 1988
3. "Série noire" (1984) in episode: "J'ai bien l'honneur"
4. "Kottan ermittelt" (1976) playing
Lemmy Caution in episode: "Fühlt wie Du" (episode # 8.2) 21 January 1983
5. "Kottan ermittelt" (1976) playing
Lemmy Caution in episode: "Hausbesuche" (episode # 8.1) 7 January 1983
6. "Brigades du tigre, Les" (1974) playing Cosmano in episode: "Made in USA" (episode # 4.4) 22 January 1982
7. "Vergißmeinnicht" (1964) playing himself 11 January 1968
8. "Cinépanorama" (1956) playing himself 24 April 1965
9. "Cinépanorama" (1956) playing himself 6 January 1962
10. "Cinépanorama" (1956) playing himself 6 April 1957

Eddie with
Edith Piaf