Niels Arestrup

Since the 1960s, French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup has played shady and corrupt characters in everything from theatrical stage productions to feature films. After graduating from high school, Arestrup trained at the ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1949

Filmography

Actor (43)

By the Sea 2015 (Movie)

Michel (Actor)

Delit Mineur 2014 (Movie)

Claude (Actor)

Diplomacy 2014 (Movie)

Dietrich von Choltitz (Actor)

The French Minister 2014 (Movie)

Claude Maupas (Actor)

96 heures 2013 (Movie)

Victor Kancel (Actor)

Our Children 2013 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

You Will Be My Son 2013 (Movie)

Paul de Marseul (Actor)

Je n'ai rien oublié 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

La Dune 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Picture 2012 (Movie)

Bartholome (Actor)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

A Prophet 2010 (Movie)

Cesar Luciani (Actor)

Animal Part 2007 (Movie)

Chaumier (Actor)

Le Candidat 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

Roussin (Actor)

Les Fragments D'Antonin 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2005 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

A Private Affair 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Parlez Moi D'Amour 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Le Pique-nique de Lulu Kreutz 2000 (Movie)

Jascha Steg (Actor)

Rewind 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Citizen Langlois 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Meeting Venus 1991 (Movie)

Zoltan Szanto (Actor)

Stavisky 1991 (Movie)

Rudolph Trotsky's Secretary (Actor)

Doux amer 1989 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Ville etrangere 1988 (Movie)

Gregor Keuschnig (Actor)

Charlie Dingo 1987 (Movie)

William Wolski (Actor)

La Rumba 1987 (Movie)

Xavier Detaix (Actor)

Barbablu Barbablu 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sincerely, Charlotte 1986 (Movie)

Mathieu (Actor)

Diesel 1984 (Movie)

(Actor)

Les Loups entre eux 1984 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Il Futuro e Donna 1983 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

La Derobade 1978 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

La Chanson de Roland 1977 (Movie)

Le Commercant (Actor)

Les Apprentis Sorciers 1976 (Movie)

Danton (Actor)

Lumiere 1976 (Movie)

Nano (Actor)

Plus ca va, moins ca va 1976 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Le Grand Soir 1975 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Si c'etait a refaire 1975 (Movie)

Henri (Actor)

Tomorrow's Children 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Je tu il Elle 1973 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

Miss O'Gynie et les hommes fleurs 1973 (Movie)

Yves (Actor)
Director (1)

Le Candidat 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Since the 1960s, French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup has played shady and corrupt characters in everything from theatrical stage productions to feature films. After graduating from high school, Arestrup trained at the prestigious drama academy founded by Russian actress Tania Balachova. He began acting in the theater, and by the early 1970s had transitioned to film and TV with a steady stream of supporting roles in films like "Stavisky...," about a charismatic con man who almost touches off a civil war in 1930s France; and the political comedy thriller "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." By the end of the '80s, he had moved on from background supporting roles to more substantial parts: he was cast as an antagonistic mercenary in the "Dirty Dozen"-inspired action adventure film "Les loups entre eux," and played a fascist-sympathizing police commander in the political thriller "La Rumba." After spending several years appearing in made-for-TV movies and low-profile thrillers, Arestrup reignited his career in 2005 with a searing performance in Jacques Audiard's BAFTA-winning crime film "The Beat that My Heart Skipped." Arestrup brought a weary toughness to his role as Robert Seyr, a career criminal and deadbeat landlord who forces his son to serve as his enforcer. He later portrayed a viciously cunning Corsican crime boss in Audiard's critically-acclaimed prison drama "A Prophet," and has also appeared as a former hostage victim in the 2007 biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and as a kindly grandfather in Steven Spielberg's World War I epic "War Horse."

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