Pierre Jules Lazare Cressoy was born on March 25, 1924 in Vendome, Loir-et-Cher, France. Cressoy began studying medicine because of his father's wish, but he dropped out after a year to become an actor. His debut in 1944 in Jean Racines Andromaque stage troupe was followed by four years until he went to work for director Léon Mathot in “La dernière chávauchée” his first leading roll.
He went on to appear in leading roles of melodramas and biographies, with occasional engagements in Hollywood productions. In the 1960s he moved on to father roles and often as criminals. He appeared six Euro-westerns in the mid-1960s in patriarchal roles such as “Lost Treasure of the Aztecs” (1964), “Adios Gringo”, “Blood for a Silver Dollar” (both 1965) and probably his best remembered role as Doctor Chester Lynne in 1966’s “Navajo Joe”. He was usually credited as Peter Cross.
Privately, he was associated a long time with his fellow actress Hélène Rémy, after the breakup of the relationship, he married Françoise Mafranc , and the marriage lasted until his death on October 31, 1980 from cancer.
Today we remember Pierre Cressoy on what would have been his 90th birthday.