French actor Jean Angelo began formally studying acting under the tutelage of stage legend Sarah Bernhardt, whose stage company he joined at the age of 15. He made his film debut in 1908 in L'Assassinat de Duc de Guise. During WW I, he left acting to fight. Later he returned with combat injuries, but still went on to become a popular leading man in French silent films; Renoir and Feyder are among the noted directors that Angelo has worked with. His career continued until 1933 when he died while working on the film Colomba.