He began working with MGM, however, he was not content while his fellow countrymen were fighting for their lives in Europe. After finishing the film, The Cross of Lorraine, he joined the Free French Forces.
Aumont was sent to North Africa, where he participated in Operation Torch in Tunisia. Then, he moved with the Allied armies through Italy and France. Through the war, he was wounded twice. The first was on a mission with his brother. However, the second was more serious. Aumont's Jeep was blown up near a landmined bridge, and French General Diégo Brosset, commander of the 1st Free French Division, was killed. Because of his bravery during the fighting, Aumont received the Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. Aumont continued working, starring as the magician in Lili with the then-ingenue Leslie Caron.
Aumont continued working with various famous actors and directors. In the mid-1950s he appeared as a guest on the television show What's My Line? In the 1960s and 70s he appearted in various Broadway productions, including Gigi. One of his last acting performances was in A Tale of Two Cities (1989). Two years later, he was decorated with the cross of Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, and in 1992, he received an honorary César Award.
He died in 2001 of a heart attack at the age of 90, and was cremated.
Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat, complete. Madeleine Milhaud, narrator; Jean Pierre Aumont, the soldier; Martial Singher, the Devil; Leopold Stokowski, Instrumental Ensemble. Vanguard Classics OVC 8004.
Jun 01, 2000; Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat, complete. Madeleine Milhaud, narrator; Jean Pierre Aumont, the soldier; Martial Singher, the...