Maurice Auguste Chevalier was a French actor, cabaret singer, and entertainer. He is perhaps best known for his signature songs, including his first American hit "Livin' In The Sunlight", "Valentine", "Louise", "Mimi", and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" and for his films, including The Love Parade (1929), The Big Pond (1930), and Love Me Tonight (1932). His trademark attire was a boater hat, which he always wore on stage with a tuxedo.
Years after his death, Chevalier was the inspiration for Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast. Lumiere's voice and facial features were based on Chevalier's, and his personality on the suave ladies' man he was known for playing onscreen. Lumiere even wears an extinguisher tilted like Chevalier's trademark boater.