Simon Abkarian

Actor
French-Armenian actor Simon Abkarian garnered the most attention in his career with his portrayal of Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky in Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Ararat. " Though the film is ... Read more »
Born: 03/05/1962 in France

Filmography

Actor (33)

Chouf 2016 (Movie)

The Lebanese (Actor)

1915 2015 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Gett le procès de Viviane Amsalem 2015 (Movie)

Elisha Amsallem (Actor)

Une histoire de fou 2015 (Movie)

Hovannès Alexandrian (Actor)

Zarafa 2015 (Movie)

Hassan (Voice)

Angelique, marquise des anges 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zero Dark Thirty 2012 (Movie)

Detainee On Monitor (Actor)

By Force 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Army of Crime 2010 (Movie)

Missak Manouchian (Actor)

Tête de Turc 2010 (Movie)

Widower (Actor)

Rage 2009 (Movie)

Merlin (Actor)

The Wedding Song 2009 (Movie)

Raoul (Actor)

Khamsa 2008 (Movie)

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Secrets of State 2008 (Movie)

Al-Barad (Actor)

Le Serpent 2007 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

New Delire 2007 (Movie)

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Persepolis 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Marjane's Father Ebi (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Said Abdel Aziz (Actor)

Trivial 2007 (Movie)

Pierre (Actor)

Casino Royale 2006 (Movie)

Alex Dimitrios (Actor)

Le Voyage En Armenie 2006 (Movie)

Sarkis Arabian (Actor)

I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Yes 2005 (Movie)

He (Actor)

Zaina: Rider of the Atlas 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Almost Peaceful 2004 (Movie)

Monsieur Albert (Actor)

Not For or Against 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

PRENDRE FEMME 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Aram 2002 (Movie)

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Ararat 2002 (Movie)

Arshile Gorky (Actor)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

Lieutenant Dessalines (Actor)

Lila Lili 1999 (Movie)

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Time Has Come 1993 (Movie)

Kamil Nahas (Actor)

Biography

French-Armenian actor Simon Abkarian garnered the most attention in his career with his portrayal of Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky in Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Ararat. " Though the film is largely about the Armenian genocide in Turkey, its subject matter is more about the ways truth is represented within or through art. In 2004, Abkarian played a Lebanese Muslim chef who has an affair with an Irish-American microbiologist, played by Joan Allen, in the expressionist art house film "Yes." "Casino Royale," a James Bond film, helped Abkarian gain even more international and mainstream exposure; he played a Greek contractor for the main villain, Le Chiffre, and his international crime organization, in opposition to James Bond, played by Daniel Craig. The following year, Abkarian, along with notable international actors Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, voiced the main characters in the animated French-language version of "Persepolis," based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic-novel memoir about growing up during the Iranian Revolution. Mastroianni played Marjane, while Deneuve and Abkarian played her mother and father. Though the film was well received, Sean Penn took over the role of the father in the English version of the film, so unfortunately Abkarian's work was obscured in countries that didn't show the French version. In "The Army of Crime," Abkarian had the lead role as Armenian exile Missak Manouchian, poet and founder of a communist resistance group in the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France.

Milestones

2007

Voiced the father in "Persepolis" an animated film based on the graphic novel of the same name; written and directed by Marjane Satrapi

2006

Cast in "Casino Royale" the 21st James Bond film directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig as 007

2004

Starred as a garment shop owner in "Almost Peaceful," a film by director Michel Deville that centers on a group of Jews in Paris shortly after World War II

2004

First lead role in the English language film "Yes," as the lover of an Irish-American scientist (Joan Allen) unhappily married to a philandering British politician (Sam Neill); directed by Sally Potter

2003

Directed several plays including an acclaimed production of "Titus Andronicus"

2002

Played a detective in Jonathan Demme's "The Truth About Charlie" starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton

2002

Cast in Atom Egoyan's "Ararat" which centers around Turkey's elimination through massacre and forced deportation of its Armenian citizens in 1915

2001

Received the Prix Moliere for his performance in "Une Bete Sur La Lune" directed by Irina Brook

1997

Cast in the French gangster drama "J'Irai Au Paradis, Car L'Enfer Est Ici" directed by Xavier Durringer

1994

Co-starred in the Lebanese love story, "Ana El Awan"; helmed by Jean-Claude Codsi

Raised in France and Lebanon

First gained notice for his charismatic performances in leading roles in the Greek Tragedies with the Theatre du Soleil

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