Patrick Chesnais

Even in the busy French film industry, it's hard to find a more ubiquitous character actor than Patrick Chesnais. His seemingly endless list of credits stretches from the early 1970s, and covers many of the best-known ... Read more »
Born: 03/18/1947

Filmography

Actor (54)

Bilan Provisoire 2014 (Movie)

Voitot (Actor)

Coup de Chance 2014 (Movie)

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Les beaux jours 2013 (Movie)

Philippe (Actor)

You Will Be My Son 2013 (Movie)

François Amelot (Actor)

Bienvenue parmi nous 2012 (Movie)

Taillandier (Actor)

600 Kilos D'or Pur 2010 (Movie)

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Change of Plans 2010 (Movie)

Erwann (Actor)

Toutes les filles pleurent 2010 (Movie)

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Quelque chose a te dire 2009 (Movie)

Henry Celliers (Actor)

Home Sweet Home 2008 (Movie)

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La Jeune fille et les loups 2008 (Movie)

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Melodrama Habibi 2008 (Movie)

Bruno Caprice (Actor)

The Maiden and the Wolves 2008 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Before the Storm 2007 (Movie)

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Heros 2007 (Movie)

Clovis Costa (Actor)

Le Prix A Payer 2007 (Movie)

Gregoire L'Amant (Actor)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

Dr Lepage (Actor)

J'Invente Rien 2006 (Movie)

Armand (Actor)

On Va S'Aimer 2006 (Movie)

Le detective (Actor)

Je ne suis pas la pour etre aime 2005 (Movie)

Jean-Claude (Actor)

Charmant garcon 2001 (Movie)

Octave (Actor)

The Landlords 2001 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

Kennedy et moi 2000 (Movie)

Paul Gurney (Actor)

L' Homme de ma vie 1999 (Movie)

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Post Coitum 1998 (Movie)

Philippe Clovier (Actor)

Aux Petits Bonheurs 1994 (Movie)

Bertrand (Actor)

La Belle Histoire 1992 (Movie)

Pierre Lhermitte (Actor)

La Pagaille 1991 (Movie)

Jean-Jacques (Actor)

Netchaiev est de Retour 1991 (Movie)

Leloy (Actor)

Tous Mes Maris 1991 (Movie)

Philippe Simonin (Actor)

Triplex 1991 (Movie)

Nicolas (Actor)

La Provinciale 1990 (Movie)

Pascal (Actor)

Le Candidat 1990 (Movie)

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Le Sixieme Doigt 1990 (Movie)

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Promotion canape 1990 (Movie)

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There Were Days and Moons 1990 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Embrasse-moi 1989 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

La Lectrice 1989 (Movie)

Business Executive (Actor)

Les Cigognes n'en font qu'a leur tete 1989 (Movie)

Jeremie (Actor)

Corentin, ou les infortunes conjugales 1988 (Movie)

Marquis (Actor)

L' Autrichienne 1988 (Movie)

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Thank You Satan 1988 (Movie)

Alain Monnier (Actor)

Duo solo 1986 (Movie)

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Femmes de personne 1986 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

Blanche et Marie 1985 (Movie)

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Cap Canaille 1982 (Movie)

Wim (Actor)

Neige 1980 (Movie)

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Au bout du bout du banc 1978 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

L' Empreinte des geants 1978 (Movie)

Dromner (Actor)

L' Oeil du Maitre 1978 (Movie)

Marc (Actor)

Laisse moi rever 1978 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Premier Voyage 1978 (Movie)

Yan Lambert (Actor)

Le Dossier 51 1977 (Movie)

Hades (Actor)

Monsieur Albert 1974 (Movie)

Francois (Actor)
Director (1)

Charmant garcon 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Even in the busy French film industry, it's hard to find a more ubiquitous character actor than Patrick Chesnais. His seemingly endless list of credits stretches from the early 1970s, and covers many of the best-known movies from that country and several foreign productions as well. Chesnais's everyman looks served him well as he transformed into a wide range of characters, from the company director in the imaginative literature-themed dramedy "La lectrice" (1988) to the doctor caring for a near-completely paralyzed patient in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007). For his work in the former, he won France's top movie award, the César, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Although he became known chiefly as a film presence, his debut was on TV, in the long-running anthology series "Au théâtre ce soir" (1970). Perhaps because he didn't have matinee-idol looks, it took some time for his career to catch fire. But once it did, he worked steadily and often for elite directors, such as Claude Lelouch in the time-travel fantasy La Belle Histoire, 1992. In addition to acting, Chesnais would occasionally handle directing and writing chores himself, such as on the 2001 dramedy "Charming Fellow".

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