Robert Hossein

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A famous leading man in French cinema known for playing world-weary villains, as in the crime classic "Rififi", Robert Hossein is also an accomplished director, having helmed a 1982 version of "Les Misrables". Hossein ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1927 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Actor (34)

Trivial 2007 (Movie)

Antoine Berangere (Actor)

San Antonio 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Venus Beauty Institute (French) 2000 (Movie)

M Lachenay--The Pilot (Actor)

Rewind 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maschera di Cera 1997 (Movie)

Boris (Actor)

Les Miserables 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

L' affaire 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Children of Chaos 1989 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

La Caviar Rouge 1988 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Levy et Goliath 1988 (Movie)

Drug Mogul (Actor)

Les Uns et les autres 1984 (Movie)

Simon Meyer (Actor)

Surprise Party 1982 (Movie)

Andre Auerbach (Actor)

Demons du Midi 1979 (Movie)

Metteur En Scene (Actor)

L' Amant de poche 1977 (Movie)

Thug (Actor)

Le Faux-Cul 1974 (Movie)

Kaminsky (Actor)

Le Protecteur 1973 (Movie)

Tantine (Actor)

Don Juan 1973 ou si Don Juan etait une femme 1972 (Movie)

Prevost (Actor)

Helle 1972 (Movie)

Kieber (Actor)

Pretres Interdits 1972 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Un Officier de Police sans Importance 1972 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Un Meurtre est un Meurtre 1971 (Movie)

Carouse (Actor)

La Part des Lions 1970 (Movie)

Maurice (Actor)

Le Casse 1970 (Movie)

Ralph (Actor)

La Vie, l'amour, la mort 1969 (Movie)

Man in Film (Actor)

Le Temps des Loups 1969 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

Point de Chute 1969 (Movie)

Chief (Actor)

Marco the Magnificent 1964 (Movie)

Prince Nayam (Actor)

Vice and Virtue 1963 (Movie)

SS Colonel Schorndorf (Actor)

Love On A Pillow 1962 (Movie)

Renaud Sarti (Actor)

Madame Sans-Gene 1962 (Movie)

Lefebvre (Actor)

Crime and Punishment 1956 (Movie)

Rene Brunel (Actor)

Rififi 1954 (Movie)

Remi Grutter (Actor)

Le Professionnel (Movie)

Rosen (Actor)
Writer (2)

La Caviar Rouge 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Point de Chute 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (2)

La Caviar Rouge 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Point de Chute 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

A famous leading man in French cinema known for playing world-weary villains, as in the crime classic "Rififi", Robert Hossein is also an accomplished director, having helmed a 1982 version of "Les Misérables". Hossein studied acting at René Simon's school and cut his teeth as an actor and director at the famed Theatre Grand Guignol. After a few screen appearances, Hossein truly arrived on the European cinema scene with the role of Remi Grutter in Jules Dassin's noir thriller "Rififi". That same year, Hossein launched his directing career with the sexy drama "The Wicked Go to Hell", while he continued to appear onscreen in dozens of films in the '60s. Hossein often played the part of the romantic leading man opposite some of Europe's top screen sirens, including Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, and, in the 1973 romantic melodrama "Forbidden Priests", Claude Jade. His steady writing and directing career hit its high water mark in 1982 with his adaptation of Victor Hugo's tragedy "Les Misérables", which won Hossein a Cesar award for adapted screenplay; this was the highest honor his off-camera work received, as his auteur sensibilities were often viewed as too idiosyncratic. In 1981 he appeared in one of the biggest films of his career, playing the dual role of Simon Meyer and Robert Prat in Claude Lelouch's Cannes-winning epic musical " Les Uns et les Autres". Hossein's work became more sporadic after this, with only occasional roles lining his resume.

Relationships

Andre Hossein

Father
scored some of his son's films

Milestones

1953

Film acting debut

Bonus Trivia

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He was awarded honorary rank as knight by French Legion of Honor in January 1990.

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