Jean-Pierre Cassel

Actor
A tall, attractive leading man who worked as an extra and nightclub dancer before being "discovered" by Gene Kelly and cast in "The Happy Road" (1956), Jean-Pierre Cassel went on to establish himself in a series of ... Read more »
Born: 10/27/1932 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (87)

Jennifer and the Swan Boat 2014 (Movie)

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Asterix at the Olympic Games 2008 (Movie)

Panoramix (Actor)

The Children of Timpelbach 2008 (Movie)

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Contre-Enquete 2007 (Movie)

Docteur Delmas (Actor)

Gone for a Dance 2007 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Last Investigation 2007 (Movie)

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

Father Lucien and Shopkeeper (Actor)

Army of Shadows 2006 (Movie)

Francois (Actor)

Congorama 2006 (Movie)

Herve (Actor)

Fair Play 2006 (Movie)

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Mauvaise Foi 2006 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Bunker paradise 2005 (Movie)

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The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp 2004 (Movie)

Gus' father (Actor)

The Wooden Camera 2004 (Movie)

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Michel Valliant 2003 (Movie)

Henri Vaillant (Actor)

Sade 2002 (Movie)

Le Vicount de Lancris (Actor)

The House by the Canal 2002 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

The Crimson Rivers 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Bernard Cherneze (Actor)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 2000 (Movie)

Henri Senechal (Actor)

The Ice Rink 2000 (Movie)

The Ice-rink Manager (Actor)

Le Plus Beau Pays du Monde 1999 (Movie)

Blondel (Actor)

La Cérémonie 1996 (Movie)

Georges (Actor)

Amores Que Matan 1995 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Blue Helmet 1994 (Movie)

Nicolas (Actor)

Cafe au Lait 1994 (Movie)

The Gynecologist (Actor)

L' Enfer 1994 (Movie)

Mr Vernon (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Olivier de la Fontaine--Head of Fashion Council (Actor)

Between Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Editor in Chief (Actor)

Petain 1993 (Movie)

Hans Roberto (Actor)

Notorious 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Favour, the Watch, and the Very Big Fish 1992 (Movie)

Zalman (Actor)

The Maid 1991 (Movie)

C P Oliver (Actor)

Mister Frost 1990 (Movie)

L'Inspecteur Correlli (Actor)

Phantom of the Opera 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Vincent & Theo 1990 (Movie)

Dr Paul Gachet (Actor)

The Return of the Musketeers 1989 (Movie)

Cyrano DeBergerac (Actor)

Vado a riprendermi il gatto 1989 (Movie)

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Chouans! 1988 (Movie)

Baron De Tiffauges (Actor)

Les Rendez-Vous d'Anna 1988 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Mangeclous 1988 (Movie)

DeSurville (Actor)

Casanova 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Migrations 1987 (Movie)

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De l'enfer a la Victoire 1983 (Movie)

Dick (Actor)

Tranches de Vie 1983 (Movie)

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Vive la Sociale! 1982 (Movie)

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Ehrengard 1981 (Movie)

Cazotte (Actor)

La Vie Continue 1981 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

The Trout 1981 (Movie)

Rambert (Actor)

5% de Risque 1979 (Movie)

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Da Dunkerque alla Vittoria 1978 (Movie)

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Docteur Francoise Gailland 1978 (Movie)

Daniel (Actor)

Je te tiens, tu me tiens par la Barbichette 1978 (Movie)

Jean-Marcel Grumet (Actor)

La Giacca Verde 1978 (Movie)

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La Ville des Silences 1978 (Movie)

Prive (Actor)

Le Soleil en face 1978 (Movie)

Marat (Actor)

Grandison 1977 (Movie)

Oppenheimer (Actor)

Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? 1977 (Movie)

Louis Kohner (Actor)

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

Jacques Lalouet (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

That Lucky Touch 1974 (Movie)

Leo (Actor)

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Louis XIII (Actor)

Le Mouton Enrage 1973 (Movie)

Claude Fabre (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Louis XIII (Actor)

Baxter 1971 (Movie)

Roger Tumbull (Actor)

Malpertuis: Histoire d'une maison Maudite 1971 (Movie)

Lampernis (Actor)

Le Bateau sur l'herbe 1970 (Movie)

David (Actor)

L' Ours et la poupee 1969 (Movie)

Gaspard (Actor)

La Rupture 1969 (Movie)

Paul Thomas (Actor)

Oh! What A Lovely War 1969 (Movie)

French Colonel (Actor)

Anyone Can Play 1968 (Movie)

Aldo Luisa's Husband (Actor)

The Worlds's Most Beautiful Swindles 1967 (Movie)

("L'homme qui vendit la tour eiffel") (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Henri Karcher (Actor)

The Killing Game 1966 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

La Ronde 1965 (Movie)

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The Lace Wars 1965 (Movie)

Joli-Coeur (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Pierre Dubois (Actor)

The Seven Deadly Sins 1963 (Movie)

Student (Actor)

Candide, ou l'optimisme au XX siecle 1962 (Movie)

Candide (Actor)

Cyrano et d'Artagnan 1962 (Movie)

D'Artagnan (Actor)

Le Farceur 1961 (Movie)

Edouard Berlon (Actor)

The Five-Day Lover 1961 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

The Vanishing Corporal 1961 (Movie)

Corporal (Actor)

The Love Game 1960 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Liberty (TV Show)

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Love in a Cold Climate (TV Show)

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Sentimental Journey (Movie)

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The Fatal Image (TV Show)

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Biography

A tall, attractive leading man who worked as an extra and nightclub dancer before being "discovered" by Gene Kelly and cast in "The Happy Road" (1956), Jean-Pierre Cassel went on to establish himself in a series of Phillipe de Broca comedies, developing the persona and facile smile for the farcical romantic roles that became his metier. The whimsical Frenchman began appearing in English-language films of the 60s like "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" (1965) and "Oh! What a Lovely War" (1969), both featuring star-studded international casts. He was the dinner host in Luis Bunuel's award-winning "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" (1972) and also acted in Sydney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express" (1974) about the time he was embarking on the Richard Lester "Musketeer" franchise, which saw him play King Louis XIII in "The Three Musketeers" (also 1974) and "The Four Musketeers" (1975), then Cyrano de Bergerac for "The Return of the Musketeers" (1989). The older Cassel has portrayed such character parts as Dr. Paul Gachet in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and Police Inspector Ledoux for the NBC-miniseries "The Phantom of the Opera" (both 1990), directed by Tony Richardson. More recently, he co-starred with Marisa Berenson in the Lifetime remake of "Notorious" (1992) and portrayed Jacqueline Bisset's wealthy husband in Claude Chabrol's "La Ceremonie" (1994).

Relationships

Monica Bellucci Actor

Daughter-In-Law
Married to Vincent Cassel

Cecile Cassel

Daughter
born c. 1982

Vincent Cassel Actor

Son
Born Nov. 23, 1966; mother, Sabine Litique

Matthias Cassel

Son
founding member of the rap group "Assassin"

Sabine Litique

Wife
mother of Vincent and Mathias divorced

EDUCATION

dramatic training at the Cours Rene Simon

Milestones

1994

Reteamed with Altman, playing the Head of the Fashion Council in "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)"

1994

Co-starred in "La Ceremonie" (released in the USA in 1995)

1992

Acted in Lifetime's remake of "Notorious"

1990

Portrayed Dr Paul Gauchet in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"; feature version paired down from four-hour European miniseries

1990

Appeared as Police Inspector Ledoux in two-part miniseries version of "The Phantom of the Opera" (NBC), directed by Tony Richardson

1989

Played Cyrano de Bergerac in Lester's "Return of the Musketeers"

1988

Fifth and last feature (to date) with de Broca, "Chouans!"

1978

Acted the part of an endangered chef in "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"

1975

Reprised Louis XIII for Lester's "The Four Musketeeers"

1974

Portrayed Louis XIII in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"

1974

Part of the all-star international cast of Sidney Lumet's "Murder on the Orient Express"

1972

Acted in Luis Bunel's deliciously comic "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise", which won the Oscar as Best Foreign Film

1968

Played French colonel in Richard Attenborough's directing debut, "Oh! What a Lovely War"

1966

Appeared in Rene Clement's "Is Paris Burning?"

1965

Played French aviator in "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines"

1961

Reteamed with de Broca for "The Five-Day Lover"

1960

Broadway debut, "L'Idiote"

1960

First of five films with writer-director Philippe de Broca, "The Love Game"

1956

Discovered as a dancer in a Paris nightclub by Gene Kelly who cast him in first film, "The Happy Road"

Appeared on stage in London production of "A Chorus Line"

Bonus Trivia

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On his part in the Lifetime remake of "Notorious": "Alex is a marvelous character because he is a man in love. It's a great quality for a man to be able to be in love. After that, he may be a villain or a nice guy but the principle is that he's in love and that, to me, is always interesting." --Jean-Pierre Cassel

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