Michael Lonsdale

A highly respected character actor for over five decades, Michael Lonsdale was an understated but consistently believable presence in European films, as well as Hollywood efforts lensed there, including "The Bride Wore ... Read more »
Born: 05/24/1931 in Paris, FR


Actor (130)

Gebo and the Shadow 2014 (Movie)

Gebo (Actor)

Maestro 2014 (Movie)

Cédric Rovère (Actor)

The Ferret 2014 (Movie)


N: The Madness of Reason 2013 (Movie)


Free Men 2012 (Movie)

Si Kaddour Benghabrit (Actor)

Of Gods and Men 2011 (Movie)

Luc (Actor)

Titeuf 2011 (Movie)


Agora 2010 (Movie)

Theon (Actor)

The Cardboard Village 2010 (Movie)


Bancs publics 2009 (Movie)

Le client au paillasson (Actor)

Je vais te manquer 2009 (Movie)


Heartbeat Detector 2008 (Movie)

Mathias Just (Actor)

The Last Mistress 2008 (Movie)

The Vicomte de Prony (Actor)

Goya's Ghosts 2007 (Movie)

Grand Inquisitor (Actor)

Bye Bye Blackbird 2006 (Movie)


5x2 2005 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

Gentille 2005 (Movie)


Il Sera Une Fois 2005 (Movie)


Munich 2005 (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

Under A False Name 2003 (Movie)

David Ginsberg (Actor)

A Monkey's Tale 2000 (Movie)

of Maitre Flavius (Voice)

Ceux d'en face 2000 (Movie)

Mikael (Actor)

Les Acteurs 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Don Juan 1998 (Movie)

Don Luis (Actor)

Ronin 1998 (Movie)

Jean-Pierre (Actor)

Dieu sait quoi 1997 (Movie)


Mauvais Genre 1997 (Movie)


Que la lumiere soit 1997 (Movie)


Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud 1996 (Movie)

Dolabella (Actor)

Jefferson in Paris 1995 (Movie)

Louis XVI (Actor)

The Order of the Day 1994 (Movie)

Monsieur Starck (Actor)

The Remains of the Day 1993 (Movie)

Dupont D'Ivry (Actor)

Stavisky 1991 (Movie)

Dr Mezy (Actor)

Tahiti: Fire Waters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Niezwykla Podroz Baltazara Kobera 1988 (Movie)

Cammerschulze--The Teacher (Actor)

Souvenir 1988 (Movie)

Xavier Lorion (Actor)

Riviera 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The Madonna Man 1987 (Movie)

Tanzmann (Actor)

The Name of the Rose 1986 (Movie)

The Abbot (Actor)

The Holcroft Covenant 1985 (Movie)

Ernst Manfredi (Actor)

Billy ze Kick 1984 (Movie)

Commissioner Bellanger (Actor)

Canevas la ville 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Cinecalligramme 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Erendira 1984 (Movie)

Senator (Actor)

L' Eveille du Pont d'Alma 1984 (Movie)


Enigma 1983 (Movie)

Bodley (Actor)

Le Bon Roi Dagobert 1983 (Movie)

St Eligius (Actor)

Le Juge 1983 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Chronopolis 1982 (Movie)


Une Jeunesse 1982 (Movie)


Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)


Douce enquete sur la violence 1981 (Movie)


The Bunker 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


La Lecon de chant 1980 (Movie)


Les Jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz 1980 (Movie)

Bertrand (Actor)

Seuls 1980 (Movie)


Le Risque de Vivre 1979 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

Hugo Drax (Actor)

The Passage 1979 (Movie)

Alain Renoudot (Actor)

La Dame a la licorne 1978 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Samedi-Dimanche 1978 (Movie)


Bartleby 1977 (Movie)

L'Huissier (Actor)

Die Linkshandige Frau 1976 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Jacques Prevert 1976 (Movie)


L' Adieu nu 1976 (Movie)


L' Imprecateur 1976 (Movie)

Aberaud (Actor)

Le Diable dans la boite 1976 (Movie)

Georges Aubert (Actor)

Une Sale Histoire 1976 (Movie)

Storyteller (Actor)

L' Eden Palace 1975 (Movie)


Mr. Klein 1975 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Aloise 1974 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Folle a Tuer 1974 (Movie)

Uncle (Actor)

India Song 1974 (Movie)

French Vice-Consul of Lahore (Actor)

La Choisie 1974 (Movie)


La Traque 1974 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Le Droit a la ville 1974 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Le Telephone Rose 1974 (Movie)

Morrison (Actor)

Les Oeufs Brouilles 1974 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Les Rideaux dechires 1974 (Movie)


Ne 1974 (Movie)


Out 1: Spectre 1974 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Section Speciale 1974 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Serieux comme le plaisir 1974 (Movie)

Fournier (Actor)

The Romantic Englishwoman 1974 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Galileo 1973 (Movie)

Cardinal Barberini (Actor)

Glissements progressifs du plaisir 1973 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

La Grande Paulette 1973 (Movie)


Le Fantome de la Liberte 1973 (Movie)

Jean Bermans (Actor)

The Day of the Jackal 1973 (Movie)

Lebel (Actor)

Un Linceul n'a pas de poches 1973 (Movie)

Carlille (Actor)

Une Baleine qui avait mal aux dents 1973 (Movie)

Painter (Actor)

Duo 1972 (Movie)


La Fille au violoncelle 1972 (Movie)

Philippe (Actor)

Le Jeu des preuves 1972 (Movie)


Les Grands sentiments font les bons gueuletons 1972 (Movie)

Stephane (Actor)

Chut 1971 (Movie)

Sergei (Actor)

Film sur Hans Bellmer 1971 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

L' Automne 1971 (Movie)


La Raison du plus fou 1971 (Movie)


Les Musiciens du culte 1971 (Movie)


Murmur of the Heart 1971 (Movie)

Father Henry--the Priest (Actor)

Boris et Pierre 1970 (Movie)


Il Etait une fois un flic 1970 (Movie)

Lucas (Actor)

Jaune le soleil 1970 (Movie)


L' Etalon 1970 (Movie)


La Poule 1970 (Movie)


Le Printemps 1970 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Le Vieille Fille 1970 (Movie)

Pasteur (Actor)

Les Annees Lumiere - 1895-1900 1970 (Movie)

Narration(French) (Narrator)

Les Assasins de L'Ordre 1970 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

Out 1: Noli Me Tangere 1970 (Movie)

Thomas (Actor)

Papa les Petits Bateaux 1970 (Movie)

Polyte (Actor)

Station Service 1970 (Movie)


Demeures aquatiques 1969 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Hibernatus 1969 (Movie)


La Rose et le revolver 1969 (Movie)


Stolen Kisses 1969 (Movie)

Monsieur Tabard (Actor)

Un Troisieme 1969 (Movie)


Destroy, She Said 1968 (Movie)

Stein (Actor)

The Bride Wore Black 1968 (Movie)

Rene Morane (Actor)

La Pince a ongles 1967 (Movie)


Behold a Pale Horse 1964 (Movie)


The Trial 1963 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Adorable Liar 1962 (Movie)


Countdown (Movie)


Le Mystere de la Chambre Jaune (Movie)

Prof. Stangerson (Actor)

Smiley's People (TV Show)


Snobs (Movie)



A highly respected character actor for over five decades, Michael Lonsdale was an understated but consistently believable presence in European films, as well as Hollywood efforts lensed there, including "The Bride Wore Black" (1966), "The Day of the Jackal" (1973), "Moonraker" (1979)" and "Of Gods and Men" (2010). His quiet but forceful presence frequently led to him being cast as religious figures, like the Benedictine abbot in "The Name of the Rose" (1986) and the philosophical monk in "Gods and Men," but he also essayed his share of lawyers, businessmen, government officials and a few royals, to which he brought carefully measured layers of humanity. Lonsdale's success in Europe attracted the attention of Hollywood, but save for a few studio pictures like the James Bond adventure "Moonraker," he assiduously avoided American features in favor of continental fare. He grew busier as he grew older, yielding greater acclaim and awards, including a Cesar for "Of Gods and Men" in his eighth decade. Lonsdale's commitment to his art, and the sheer quantity of exceptional performances to his name, made him one of Europe's most well regarded players.


studied acting for three years with Tania Balachova



Professional stage debut in Clifford Odets's "The country girl"

Broadcast on Radio Morocco during WWII