Michel Blanc

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
This French actor-writer-director's international reputation grew steadily in the 1990s, particularly after the release of "Grosse Fatigue" (1994), a comedy about a leading actor whose life is turned macabre when a ... Read more »
Born: 04/16/1952 in France

Filmography

Actor (60)

Les souvenirs 2015 (Movie)

Michel Esnard (Actor)

Demi-soeur 2014 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 (Movie)

Mayor (Actor)

Et Soudain Tout Le Monde Me Manque 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Minister 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Girl on the Train 2010 (Movie)

Samuel Bleistein (Actor)

Une Petite Zone de Turbulences 2010 (Movie)

Jean-Paul (Actor)

Musee haut, musee bas 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nos 18 Ans 2008 (Movie)

Le professeur Martineau (Actor)

The Witnesses 2008 (Movie)

Adrien (Actor)

Le Deuxième Souffle 2007 (Movie)

Blot (Actor)

Je Vous Trouve Tres Beau 2006 (Movie)

Ayme Pigrenet (Actor)

Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever 2006 (Movie)

Jean-Claude Dusse (Actor)

See How They Run 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Monster 1996 (Movie)

Taccone--the Psychiatrist (Actor)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

Patrick Olivier (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Inspector Forget--Assistant Prefect of Police (Actor)

Toxic Affair 1993 (Movie)

Clumsy Man (Actor)

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

Norbert (Actor)

Les Secrets professionnels du Docteur Apfelgluck 1991 (Movie)

The Hindu (Actor)

Merci, la vie 1991 (Movie)

The Young Father (Actor)

Prospero's Books 1991 (Movie)

Alonso (Actor)

Uranus 1991 (Movie)

Geigneux (Actor)

Marche a l'ombre 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

Monsieur Hire 1990 (Movie)

Monsieur Hire (Actor)

Strike It Rich 1990 (Movie)

Hotel Manager (Actor)

Chambre a part 1989 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Story of Women 1989 (Movie)

Prosecutor Mourier (Actor)

I Hate Actors 1988 (Movie)

Mr Albert (Actor)

Sans peur et sans reproche 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Une Nuit a l'assemblee nationale 1988 (Movie)

Walter Arbeit (Actor)

Les Fugitifs 1986 (Movie)

Dr Bourdarias (Actor)

Menage 1986 (Movie)

Antoine (Actor)

Drole de Samedi 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Circulez y'a rien a voir 1982 (Movie)

Lerous (Actor)

Nemo 1982 (Movie)

Boris--Nemo's Father (Actor)

Papy Fait de la Resistance 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Retenez moi... ou je fais un malheur 1982 (Movie)

Laurent Martin (Actor)

Ma femme s'appelle reviens 1981 (Movie)

Bernard (Actor)

The Best Way 1979 (Movie)

Deloux (Actor)

Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine 1979 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

La Gueule de l'autre 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Cheval d'Orgueil 1978 (Movie)

Corentin Calvez (Actor)

Les Bronzes font du ski 1978 (Movie)

Jean-Claude (Actor)

Rien ne va plus 1978 (Movie)

Marcel Dupin (Actor)

L' Adolescente 1977 (Movie)

Mr Bertin (Actor)

La Tortue sur le dos 1977 (Movie)

Reveller Who Reads Manuscript (Actor)

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrive 1977 (Movie)

Fils du Capitaine (Actor)

Les Heros n'ont pas froid aux oreilles 1977 (Movie)

Passant (Actor)

Sun Tan 1977 (Movie)

Jean-Claude (Actor)

Des Enfants Gates 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Diable dans la boite 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Point de mire 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vous n'aurez pas l'Alsace et la Lorraine 1976 (Movie)

Antremont (Actor)

On aura tout vu 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Tenant 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Attention les yeux 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Meilleure facon de marcher 1974 (Movie)

Deloux (Actor)

Que la fete commence... 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (11)

Une Petite Zone de Turbulences 2010 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)

Les Bronzes 3: Friends Forever 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

See How They Run 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Escort 1999 (Movie)

script work (Other Writer)

The Escort 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Monster 1996 (Movie)

French screenplay (Screenplay)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Marche a l'ombre 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Specialistes 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ma femme s'appelle reviens 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

See How They Run 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

The Escort 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Tired 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Marche a l'ombre 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

This French actor-writer-director's international reputation grew steadily in the 1990s, particularly after the release of "Grosse Fatigue" (1994), a comedy about a leading actor whose life is turned macabre when a look-a-like wreaks havoc. Key to the twist in the film was that "auteur" Michel Blanc used real actors and personalities, such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Roman Polanski, portraying themselves, yet in scripted roles. The film won Blanc the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in André Téchiné's "The Witnesses/Les Témoins"

1999

Directed first English-language film, "The Escort" starring Daniel Auteuil

1995

Appeared on stage as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" in Nantes

1994

Directed, wrote and starred in "Grosse Fatigue"

1991

Co-starred with John Gielgud in "Prospero's Books"

1989

English-language film, "Strike It Rich"

1986

Breakthrough acting role, "Menage"

1984

Feature directorial debut, "Marche a l'ombre"; also wrote and starred

1983

Co-starred with Jerry Lewis in "Retenez moi...ou je fais un malheur/To Catch a Cop"

1982

Starred in "Ma femme's s'appele reviens/Singles" from his screenplay

1980

First produced screenplay (also starred), "Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine"

1978

Directed by Jeanne Moreau in "L'Adolescente"

1976

Played supporting role in Roman Polanski's "The Tenant"

1975

Early screen appearance, "La Meilleure facon de marcher/The Best Way to Walk"

Founding member "Le Splendide" theatre group

Bonus Trivia

.

"He has always played the tiny, poor little guy who suffers because he is ugly. He's extremely well known for these parts. People say 'Poor Michel.'" - actress Carole Bouquet to The New York Times, July 9, 1995

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"I'm not one of those to complain. I am very happy to be known." - Michel Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995

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"I can't step in for Paul Newman, and he can't step in for me, so that's fine." - Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995

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"I'm sometimes recognized in New York. People come and say, 'Are you that French actor?' So that can be good." - Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995

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