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Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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Explorer
    (June 11, 1910-June 25, 1997)
    Died in Paris, France
    Acted in 'Danger Under the Sea (1951),' 'Rhythm on the Reef (1952),' 'Voyage au bout du monde (1976)' and 'Pièges de la mer, Les (1981)'
    Produced 'Épaves (1945),' 'Dauphins et crétacés (1949),' 'Carnet de plongée (1950)' and 'Cousteau: Alaska: Outrage at Valdez (1989)'
    Wrote 'The Living Sea,' 'World Without Sun' and 'The Ocean World of Jacques Cousteau Encyclopedias'
    Won an Oscar for 'World Without Sun' (1963)
    Won the Palme D'Or (Cannes Film Festival) for 'Silent World' (1956)
    He wore a trademark wool red seaman's cap.
    A heart attack ended his life.
    He was sick during most of his childhood.
    His boat, the Calypso, given to him by a millionaire, became nearly as famous as he did.
    John Denver wrote a song about the Calypso.
    He preferred to be referred to as an 'oceanographic technician.'
    He was expelled from high school for vandalizing windows.
    He was involved in espionage during WW II.
    He wanted to pursue aviation, but a near fatal car wreck, changed his career choice to that of the sea.
    His shows were educational.
    He invented the modern aqua lung and one man submarine.
    He said the liberation of one's weight when diving enables one to feel like an angel.
    His family lived in New York City awhile.
    He invented lighter weight diving gear that allowed divers to float as if in space.
    His inventions opened infinite avenues for current and future ocean explorations.
    He was a member of the WW II French Resistance and received the Legion of Honor.
    In 1972, he showed a worldwide TV audience the rare beauty of ice formations under sea.
    He had over 40 Emmy nominations.

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