André Des Rochers at the City Arts Magazine

André Des Rochers life is a well-known story. After serving in World War II, he became a successful business owner and eventually was awarded the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor. He is most well-known for his work with theater and has been involved in over 25 different productions on the stage.


Des Rochers is determined to remain active in his community despite being 93 years old. In addition to going to theater performances, André Des Rochers also stays active by golfing as often as possible and supporting community causes.

When asked by a New York Times reporter if he was looking forward to retirement, he responded, “Retirement for me is not fun. For me, it’s a sad time. I like what I do.”


André Des Rochers was born in the small town of Le Mans, in France. Des Rochers grew up on a farm and was one of 18 children raised in a very modest home. Despite the fact that his family was poor, Des Rochers remembers having a happy childhood. He excelled at school and received many academic awards.

After graduating high school, Des Rochers began studying law at the University of Paris in France. He also earned money by working in theater productions during his schooling.


The successful entertainment lawyer André Des Rochers became involved in theater while serving as a military officer with huge success. After his return to civilian life he decided to try his hand at acting full-time, but it wasn’t easy for him to get work (Variety). 

André Des Rochers starred in numerous productions and eventually received the title of Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1977 for his contributions to the theater arts. An interview with the entertainment lawyer is featured on the front page of the October, 2005 issue of City Arts Magazine. This article talks about how his theatrical career has inspired him through his life and what he thinks are some of its most important lessons. The interview is titled “A Lifetime Love For The Stage” and was written by Christophe Benoist.