François Cluzet

Actor
Franois Cluzet possessed a gift of versatility that made him equally skilled at both physical comedy and straight drama. The actor first made waves on several French television serials and memorable roles in dramas such ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1955 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (64)

D-Day, Normandie 1944 2014 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Roulez Jeunesse 2014 (Movie)

Bertrand (Actor)

Une Rencontre 2014 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

11.6 2013 (Movie)

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En Solitaire 2013 (Movie)

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Do Not Disturb 2012 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Little White Lies 2012 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Untouchables 2012 (Movie)

Philippe (Actor)

The Art of Love 2011 (Movie)

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Blanc comme neige 2010 (Movie)

Maxime (Actor)

In the Beginning 2009 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Le dernier pour la route 2009 (Movie)

Hervé Chabalier (Actor)

Paris 2009 (Movie)

Philippe Verneuil (Actor)

Rivals 2008 (Movie)

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Tell No One 2008 (Movie)

Alexandre Beck (Actor)

Detrompez-vous 2007 (Movie)

Lionel (Actor)

True Enough 2007 (Movie)

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Four Stars 2006 (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

La Cloche a sonné 2005 (Movie)

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Le Domain Perdu 2005 (Movie)

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France Boutique 2003 (Movie)

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Janis and John 2003 (Movie)

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The Hook 2003 (Movie)

Ben Castelano (Actor)

L' Adversaire 2002 (Movie)

Luc (Actor)

Dolce Farniente 1999 (Movie)

Stendhal/ Henri Beyle (Actor)

Late August, Early September 1999 (Movie)

Adrien Willer (Actor)

L' Examen de Minuit 1998 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

The Swindle 1998 (Movie)

Maurice Biagini (Actor)

La Voie est Libre 1996 (Movie)

Jules (Actor)

Le Demenagement 1996 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

The Horseman on the Roof 1996 (Movie)

the Doctor (Actor)

The Silence of Rak 1996 (Movie)

Rak (Actor)

Enfants de salaud 1995 (Movie)

Sandro (Actor)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

L' Enfer 1994 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Apprentices 1994 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

Wind From Wyoming 1994 (Movie)

Chester Celine (Actor)

3000 Scenarios contre un virus 1993 (Movie)

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Olivier, Olivier 1993 (Movie)

Dr Serge Duval (Actor)

A demain 1992 (Movie)

Gilles (Actor)

L' Instinct de l'Ange 1992 (Movie)

Devrines (Actor)

Sexes Faibles! 1991 (Movie)

Sebastien Sebastien (Actor)

Too Beautiful For You 1990 (Movie)

Pascal Chevassu (Actor)

Chocolat 1989 (Movie)

Marc Dalens (Actor)

Deux 1989 (Movie)

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Force Majeure 1989 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

La Revolution Francaise 1989 (Movie)

Camille Desmoulins (Actor)

Story of Women 1989 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Un Tour de manege 1989 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

Association de Malfaiteurs 1987 (Movie)

Thierry (Actor)

Jaune revolver 1987 (Movie)

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Etats d'ame 1986 (Movie)

Pierrot (Actor)

Round Midnight 1986 (Movie)

Francis Borier (Actor)

Rue du depart 1986 (Movie)

Paul Triana (Actor)

Elsa, Elsa! 1984 (Movie)

Ferdinand (Actor)

Entre Nous 1983 (Movie)

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Entre Nous 1983 (Movie)

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Les Enrages 1983 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

One Deadly Summer 1983 (Movie)

Mickey (Actor)

Les Fantomes du Chapelier 1982 (Movie)

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Vive la Sociale! 1982 (Movie)

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Cocktail Molotov 1980 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Le Cheval d'Orgueil 1978 (Movie)

Pierre-Alain Le Goff (Actor)

In the Beginning (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Biography

François Cluzet possessed a gift of versatility that made him equally skilled at both physical comedy and straight drama. The actor first made waves on several French television serials and memorable roles in dramas such as "Cocktail Molotov" (1980), "One Deadly Summer" (1983), and "Vive la sociale!" (1983). Cluzet showcased his dramatic prowess many times over throughout his career, playing emotionally tormented characters in acclaimed films like "Les aprentis" (1995), in "Late August, Early September" (1998), or "Je suis un assassin" (2004). A prolific actor who appeared in countless films and television series, Cluzet received critical praise for his role in "Tell No One" (2006), as a doctor trying to prove his innocence while he searches for his wife's killer. He continued to impress in his native France, before gaining international acclaim for his role in the award-winning dramedy "The Intouchables" (2011). Based on a true story, the film centered on an unlikely friendship between a quadriplegic millionaire and his rambunctious caregiver (Omar Sy), an ex-con from the projects. Audiences worldwide not only embraced the film's inspiring message and the actors' genuine connection both on and off the screen, but it also proved to be the perfect vehicle to showcase Cluzet's enviable talent, versatility and passion for his craft.<p>François Cluzet was born on Sept. 21, 1955 in Paris, France. Growing up, his father took him and his brother on weekly outings to the local theater, which ultimately inspired him to become an actor. After high school, Cluzet attended Cours Simon and Cours de Périmony et Cochet to study drama, before launching a career on the stage. In the late-1970s, Cluzet began landing featured roles on television and in film, including "Cocktail Molotov" (1980), a drama set in a politically tumultuous Paris in 1968. Around this time, he also started making inroads on television, appearing in countless made-for-TV movies as well as on programs like "Julien Fontanes, magistrate" (Société Française de Production, 1980-89), the crime series "Série noire" (TF1, 1984-1991), and "Cinéma 16" (FR3, 1976-1990). The year 1983 was a breakthrough one for Cluzet, who earned two César nominations (the French equivalent of an Academy Award) for his role in "One Deadly Summer," as the brother of a man in love with a woman who is out for revenge, and in "Vive la sociale!," as a young man reflecting on his anarchic upbringing in Paris.<p>As his popularity began to soar, Cluzet, who was often compared to Hollywood icon Dustin Hoffman both in physical appearance and onscreen charm, continued to land more substantial roles in French cinema. In 1986, he delivered a strong performance in Bertrand Tavernier's "'Round Midnight," about a self-destructive American jazz musician (Dexter Gordon) who befriends a young Frenchman who attempts to help him overcome alcohol abuse. He continued to take on dramatic roles, including playing an inadequate husband in "Chocolat" (1988) and in "Une affaire de femmes" (1988). Aside from being cast in a number of films as a troubled husband, Cluzet also found himself playing emotionally distraught characters, like he did in "Les aprentis," "Late August, Early September," where he played a terminally ill writer, and "Dolce far niente" (1998), as a young author who wanders around in an Italian countryside. While his career in French cinema flourished, Cluzet also appeared in a number of international movies such as the ensemble comedy "Prêt-à-Porter" (2004), a satire about a Parisian fashion show, and the romantic comedy "French Kiss" (1995), about an American woman (Meg Ryan) who encounters a charming crook (Kevin Kline) while en route to Paris.<p>Cluzet gained even greater acclaim with memorable lead roles in films like "Janis and John" (2003), a comedy in which he pretends to be the music icon John Lennon for a money scam, "Je suis un assassin" (2004), as a tormented writer, and in "Le domaine perdu" (2005), a fantasy-drama set in 1973 during a coup d'etat in Chile, in which he portrayed a French aviator who forges a bond with his young apprentice. The following year, Cluzet earned rave reviews and a César Award for Best Actor for his compelling performance in Guillaume Canet's action thriller "Tell No One," where he played a doctor who is a suspect in a double homicide while he goes in search of the serial killer who killed his wife. The talented actor continued to appear in a string of noted French dramas, including "Rivals" (2008) and "In the Beginning" (2009), among many others, before scoring a lead role in one of France's highest-grossing films "The Intouchables." In the heartwarming comedy, Cluzet played Philippe, a quadriplegic French aristocrat who forms an unlikely friendship with Driss (Omar Sy), a Senagalese man from the projects whom he hires to become his caretaker. A blockbuster success in Europe, the film not only further exposed Cluzet's talents to an international audience, but it also garnered critical acclaim for his co-star Sy, who won a César Award for Best Actor in 2012. With the exception of some American critics who labeled the film racist, the majority raved about the genuine connection that developed between Cluzet's character and Sy, and the easy, often hilarious banter between the two men who, against all odds, managed to make each others' lives more meaningful.<p><i>By Candy Cuenco</i>

Relationships

Marie Trintignant

Wife

Milestones

2011

Co-starred in hit French comedy "The Intouchables"; played a wealthy quadriplegic who forms friendship with his caretaker (Omar Sy)

2008

Acted in romantic drama "Paris," co-starring Juliette Binoche

2006

Received Best Actor César Award for role of double homicide suspect in "Ne le dis à personne/Tell No One"

2006

Earned raves for appearance in French comedy "Quatre étoiles"

1995

Appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's romantic comedy "French Kiss," starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline

1994

International film debut, Robert Altman's ensemble movie "Prêt-à-porter"

1983

Earned César Award nomination for supporting role in "L'été meurtrier/One Deadly Summer"

1982

Again directed by Chabrol in "Les fantômes du chapelier/The Hatter's Ghost"

1980

Feature film debut, "Cocktail Molotov"

1980

First film with director Claude Chabrol, "Le cheval d'orgueil/The Horse of Pride"

1976

First acted onstage

Attended acting lessons at Cours Simon and Cours de Périmony et Cochet after leaving school at 18

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