Marcel Ophuls attended Hollywood High during World War 2, but was drafted for the army when he was 18 in 1946. Upon his discharge from the military he attended U.C. Berkeley. Then in 1950 Marcel and his family returned to Paris where he worked on films with John Huston and François Truffaut honing his craft. His career moved him into television although he continued to produced features among them were “Banana Peel” and "Pepe Le Moko.”

His Oscar for “Hotel Terminus” conveys the life of Klaus Barbie in graphic interviews and interplay. Barbie was a Nazi war criminal and known as the “Butcher of Lyon” who was finally extradited from Bolivia to stand trial in France where he received life imprisonment. Marcel Ophuls’ compiled filmography was seeped in a variety of profoundly grim human subjects as with the massacre at My Lai in the Vietnam War; the Nuremburg war trials; the civil war in Northern Ireland; and the duplicity of the French during the Nazi occupation.

An odd story that Ophuls tells is of his father’s death where the great German actor-director Gustave Grundgens during the Hitler regime came to give the eulogy. Grundgens was never a Nazi, but he certainly knew how to curry their favor as an opportunist. Grundgens is most known for his role of “Mephistopheles” on stage and on film. In other words, the Devil came and spoke at the funeral.

In 2013 Marcel Ophuls directed his own filmed autobiography spanning in 106 minutes the some total of his almost 9 decades on the planet. This documentary is entitled “Ain’t Misbehavin’. Mr. Ophuls will be 87 this year. Way to go my fellow Hollywood High School Sheik.

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Vicky Valentine replied to HHSAA Webmaster's discussion Obituaries - Departed Sheiks
"Was Henry Weideman or Weiderman in class of 1967? I am looking for members of the Argyle's club at HHS."
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"Thank you. It's sad they both passed away and in the same year. I wonder were they lived when they became ill? I went to Cheremoya on Franklin Ave. 6th grade. Class of 1963. I posted Paul's obituary on the Facebook page, "You know you…"
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"Vicky Valentine A minor addition. Some kids in the Nichols Canyon area went to Valley View Elementary. That could be where Paul and Laura Yates went because their house was near Mulholland. But I truly do not know. "
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