Jacques Bergerac was born in 1927 in Biarritz, France. He was recruited by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios while being a law student in Paris at the age of 25.
Bergerac met and married Ginger Rogers with whom he appeared in Twist of Fate (1954) (also known as Beautiful Stranger). He then went on to appear as Armand Duval in a television production of Camille for Kraft Television Theatre, opposite Signe Hasso. He played the Comte de Provence in Jean Delannoy's film, Marie Antoinette Queen of France.
In Strange Intruder (1956), he shared the screen with Edmund Purdom and Ida Lupino and in Les Girls (1957), he played the second male lead. He also appeared in Gigi (1958), Thunder in the Sun (1959), the cult horror film The Hypnotic Eye (1960) and A Global Affair (1964). In 1957, he received the Golden Globe Award for Foreign Newcomer.
He appeared in a few more films and on television including Batman, 77 Sunset Strip, Alfred Hitchcock Presents (3 episodes), The Lucy Show, Get Smart and The Dick Van Dyke Show. His last appearance was on an episode of The Doris Day Show in 1969; after which he left show business and became the head of Revlon's Paris office and of the Perfumes Balmain company. His younger brother Michel became CEO of Revlon six years later. 
He also managed the rugby club Biarritz Olympique from 1980 until 1981.
Bergerac married screen star Ginger Rogers in February 1953, and they divorced in July 1957. In June 1959, he married actress Dorothy Malone in Hong Kong, where she was on location for her 1960 film The Last Voyage. They had daughters Mimi and Diane together, and divorced in December 1964.