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DiedApril 15, 1927, Nice, France
SpouseJeanne Cayatte, Marie Lefranc
FactEvery time he finished writing a novel, he would mark the occasion by firing a pistol into the air.

Gaston Leroux was born on May 6, 1868, in Paris, France. His father, Pierre-Louis Leroux, was a journalist and his mother, Anne-Marie Carre, was a schoolteacher. He had two older sisters, Louise and Berthe.

Leroux was educated at the Lycee Condorcet and the Sorbonne. He began his career as a journalist, working for such newspapers as Le Figaro and L’Echo de Paris. He also wrote plays and novels.

Leroux’s most famous novel is The Phantom of the Opera (1909). The novel was made into a film in 1925, starring Lon Chaney. Leroux also wrote The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907), The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1908), and The Waxworks (1924).

Leroux was married twice. His first wife was Jeanne-Marie Leprince, whom he married in 1893. They had two sons, Pierre and Jacques. Jeanne-Marie died in 1896. Leroux’s second wife was Marie-Louise Icard, whom he married in 1902. They had one son, Gaston-Louis.

Leroux died on April 15, 1927, in Nice, France.

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Full NameGaston Leroux
DiedApril 15, 1927, Nice, France
Weight88 kg
ProfessionJournalist, Novelist


SpouseJeanne Cayatte, Marie Lefranc
ChildrenMadeleine Aile
ParentsDominique Alfred Leroux, Marie Bidault
SiblingsHélène Leroux, Joseph Leroux, Henri Leroux


MoviesThe Phantom of the Opera, The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, Song at Midnight, The Wax Mask, The Phantom of Paris, Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, Rouletabille joue et gagne, Compliments of Mister Flow, Flying Gold, Le Dîner Des Bustes, The Man Who Returns from Afar, Cheri-Bi...

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1Worked as an international correspondent for the Paris newspaper "Le Matin". He was present at, and covered, the 1905 Russian Revolution.
2Studied law in college.
3Inherited millions of francs when he was young and lived a wild hedonistic lifestyle until he nearly went bankrupt.
4Did not start writing fiction until he was 38 years old.
5Got the inspiration for his most famous story "The Phantom Of The Opera" from rumors of a ghost haunting the Paris Opera house including an incident when part of a chandelier fell on a worker, killing him, which was famously used in the story as a diversion.
6Every time he finished writing a novel, he would mark the occasion by firing a pistol into the air.
7Father of actress Madeleine Aile.



A Friend of the Devil2012Short short story "L'Homme qui a vu le diable"
Lupin the Third: Mine Fujiko to iu onna2012TV Series novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" - 1 episode
Love Never Dies2012/IIcharacters created by
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall2011novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra"
Erik: Portrait of a Living Corpse2010
Au siècle de Maupassant: Contes et nouvelles du XIXème siècle2010TV Series by - 1 episode
Le parfum de la dame en noir2005novel
The Phantom of the Opera2004novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra"
The Mystery of the Yellow Room2003novel
The Phantom of the Opera1998novel
Il fantasma1998Video novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opera"
The Wax Mask1997novel - uncredited
Ye ban ge sheng1995novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" - uncredited
Return of the Phantom1993Video Game based on the novel by
O Fantasma da Ópera1991TV Mini-Series novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opera"
The Phantom of the Opera1991TV Movie novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra"
Le roi Mystère1991TV Mini-Series story
The Phantom of the Opera1990TV Mini-Series novel - 2 episodes
The Phantom of the Opera1989novel
Le dîner des bustes1988Short short story "Le dîner des bustes"
Phantom of the Ritz1988novel "Phantom of the Opera"
The Phantom of the Opera1988TV Movie novel
Cinéma 161986TV Series novel "La femme au collier de velours" - 1 episode
Le coeur cambriolé1986TV Movie short story
L'homme de la nuit1983TV Mini-Series novel
The Phantom of the Opera1983TV Movie novel
La double vie de Théophraste Longuet1981TV Movie novel
La poupée sanglante1976TV Mini-Series novels "La poupée sanglante" & "La machine à assassiner" - 6 episodes
Chéri-Bibi1974TV Series novel
The Down-in-the-Hole Gang1974novel "La double vie de Theophraste Longuet" - uncredited
L'homme qui revient de loin1972TV Mini-Series novel - 6 episodes
Le coeur cambriolé1970TV Movie short story
Le fauteuil hanté1970TV Movie novel
Novela1968TV Series novel - 1 episode
Rouletabille1966TV Series novel
Le mystère de la chambre jaune1965TV Movie novel
The Phantom of the Opera1962composition
Obras maestras del terrorTV Series 2 episodes, 1960 tales - 1 episode, 1962
El muñeco malditoTV Mini-Series 1 episode, 1962 novels "La poupée sanglante" and "La machine à assassiner" - 12 episodes, 1962
El fantasma de la ópera1960TV Mini-Series novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opera" - 9 episodes
El hacha de oro1960TV Mini-Series novel "La hache d'or" - 3 episodes
L'homme qui revient de loin1950novel "L'homme qui revient de Lion"
Le parfum de la dame en noir1949novel
Le mystère de la chambre jaune1949novel
Rouletabille contre la dame de pique1948stories
Rouletabille joue et gagne1947stories
El misterio del cuarto amarillo1947novel "Le mystère de la chambre jaune"
Phantom of the Opera1943novel "Le Fantôme de L'Opéra"
Dr. Renault's Secret1942novel "Balaoo" - uncredited
Ye ban ge sheng xu ji1941play
Ye ban ge sheng1937play
Mr. Flow1936story
Rouletabille aviateur1932stories
Repülö arany1932
Le parfum de la dame en noir1931novel
The Phantom of Paris1931adapted from the novel: "Chéri-Bibi" by
Cheri-Bibi1931novel "Chéri-Bibi"
The Mystery of the Yellow Room1930novel
The Wizard1927novel "Balaoo"
The Lily1926story "Le Lys"
The Phantom of the Opera1925from the celebrated novel by
Il était deux petits enfants1922
Rouletabille chez les bohémiens1922story
Le sept de trèfle1921
A halál után1920novel
The Mystery of the Yellow Room1919novel
La nouvelle aurore1919
L'homme qui revient de loin1919novel and adaptation
Das Phantom der Oper1916novel
Les premières aventures de Chéri Bibi1915Short
La dernière incarnation de Larsan1914Short novel
Rouletabille II: La dernière incarnation de Larsan1914Short novel
Balaoo1913Short novel

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