A French Screenwriter and poet associated with the Rue de Chateau group, he is best known for his 1945 poetic realist film, Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise). His famous poetry collections include Spectacle, Paroles (Words), and La Pluie et le beau temps (Rain and Good Weather).
He grew up in Paris and worked in a department store before joining the military.
His poem, Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves), was one of several of his works that were set to music and performed by Edith Piaf, Joan Baez, Nat King Cole and other renowned vocalists.
He was raised in Paris, France. He wed Simone Dienne in 1925.
He adapted some of Hans Christian Andersen's stories into animated films.