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Most famous French film actors – Part II

Here is a complete list of the French actors and actresses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_French_people

  • Michel Colucci (28th October, 1944 – 19th June, 1986)

Michel Colucci better known as Coluche, was a French comedian and actor, famous for his irresistible sense of humour.

Colucci adopted “Coluche” as a stage name at 26, when he began his entertainment career. He became famous for his irreverent attitude towards politics and the “Establishment”, and he incorporated this into much of his material. He was one of the first major comedians to regularly use profanities as a source of humor on French Television.

Presidential bid:

He attempted to run in the French presidential elections in 1981, but ended up dropping out of the race because of political and media lobbying following polls that showed a significant part of the electorate might vote for him. Some threats to his life were also mentioned.

Restaurants du Cœur:

He created the “Restos du cœur” charity in 1985. It collects food, money and clothes for homeless people.

Death:

Coluche died in 1986 at the age of 41, when his motorcycle crashed into a truck on a road in the commune of Opio in southeastern France. This event provoked a national grief and inspired the album “Putain de camion” (“fuckin’ truck”) by a close friend Renaud Séchan. Some conspiracy theories have since surfaced, mainly in the book “Coluche, l’accident : contre-enquête”, alleging that Coluche may have been murdered.

Awards:

Coluche won the César Award for “Best Actor” for his role in “Tchao pantin” (So Long, Stooge, 1983), one of his very few dramatic roles. He also won the Prix National des Euphémismes de Charente-Maritime (National Prize for Understatements of Charente-Maritime) in 1978, at the third try.

Film:

A film directed by Antoine de Caunes and relating the events surrounding Coluche’s bid for the French presidency in 1981 was released in France in October 2008. François-Xavier Demaison plays Coluche.

Famous quotes:

God said: let’s share. The rich will get enough to eat, and the poor will have an appetite.

Some people get a kid just because they can’t afford a dog.

Long term credit means that the less you can pay, the more you pay.

I’m not a nouveau riche, I’m a former poor.

From every one of those who have nothing to say, the nicest are those who keep it for themselves.

They say that the crisis is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. I can’t see how that’s a crisis.

Politicians are to politics what holes are to cheese. More cheese means more holes. But more holes means less cheese.

If we have to believe what is said, then the rich are the bad guys and the poor are the good guys. Then how come everyone wants to be a bad guy?

The speed of light is faster than the speed of sound, which is why sometimes people look bright until they start talking.

I’m not a racist; my dog is black.

I’m following two diets simultaneously because with only one I wasn’t getting enough to eat.

Sportsmen are stupid, right. But that’s the team spirit! Guys in a team, they have but one spirit. So they have to share it…

Always remember that while the Gestapo had means to make you talk, our politicians have means to keep us quiet.

Apart from gangster or politician, what can you do without qualifications ? All there’s left is artist.

Half of the politicians can’t do anything, the other half would do anything.

Our immigrants would live better back in their country. To prove this: we love going there for vacation!

If one day you feel useless and depressed, remember: one day you were the fastest spermatozoon of all.

Capitalism is man exploiting man. Socialism is just the opposite.

(in a campaign speech:) I’ll quit politics when politicians quit comedy – they steal my job, I steal theirs.

If there were a tax on stupidity, the government would be self-financing.

Playing the fool can be useful, but really it’s easier just to be one.

There are two kinds of justice : the lawyer who knows everything about the law, and the lawyer who knows everything about the judge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHcZLozTWKc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF0nobUU3Dw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qATWfFkPxPk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3_sVpqFq9c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szV0mYbx7LY

  • Michel Blanc (born on 16th April, 1952 in Courbevoie)

Michel Blanc is a French actor and director who is famous for his roles of loser and hypochondriac. He is frequently associated with the “Splendid group”, along with Thierry Lhermitte, Josiane Balasko, Christian Clavier and Gérard Jugnot.

Michel Blanc has also shown his versatility by appearing in more serious roles, such as the title role in the Patrice Leconte’s film “Monsieur Hire“.

Filmography:

* 1974 : Que la fête commence, directed by Bertrand Tavernier
* 1975 : La Meilleure façon de marcher, directed by Claude Miller
* 1975 : Attention les yeux, directed by Gérard Pirès
* 1975 : Un bol d’air
* 1976 : Je t’aime… moi non plus, directed by Serge Gainsbourg
* 1977 : Le Locataire, directed by Roman Polanski
* 1977 : L’Ordinateur des pompes funèbres
* 1977 : On aura tout vu, directed by Georges Lautner
* 1977 : Le Diable dans la boîte, directed by Pierre Lary
* 1978 : Des enfants gâtés, directed by Bertrand Tavernier
* 1978 : Le Point de mire
* 1978 : Vous n’aurez pas l’Alsace et la Lorraine by Coluche
* 1978 : Les héros n’ont pas froid aux oreilles, directed by Charles Némès
* 1978 : Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé
* 1978 : Les Bronzés, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1978 : Chaussette surprise
* 1979 : La Gueule de l’autre, directed by Pierre Tchernia
* 1979 : Les bronzés font du ski, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1979 : Rien ne va plus
* 1979 : L’Adolescente, directed by Jeanne Moreau
* 1979 : Cause toujours tu m’intéresses
* 1980 : Le Cheval d’orgueil, directed by Claude Chabrol
* 1980 : Viens chez moi j’habite chez une copine, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1981 : Ma femme s’appelle reviens, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1982 : Samedi samedi
* 1983 : Circulez y a rien à voir, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1983 : Nemo, directed by Arnaud Selignac
* 1983 : Retenez Moi…Ou Je Fais Un Malheur, directed by Michel Girard
* 1983 : Papy fait de la résistance, directed by Jean-Marie Poiré
* 1984 : Marche à l’ombre, director, writer and actor
* 1986 : Tenue de soirée, directed by Bertrand Blier
* 1986 : Je hais les acteurs by Gérard Krawczyk
* 1986 : Les Fugitifs, directed by Francis Veber
* 1988 : Sans peur et sans reproche, directed by Gérard Jugnot
* 1988 : Une nuit à l’assemblée nationale, directed by Jean-Pierre Mocky
* 1989 : Monsieur Hire, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1989 : Chambre à part, directed by Jacky Cukier
* 1990 : Uranus, directed by Claude Berri
* 1990 : Strike it Rich
* 1991 : Merci la vie, directed by Bertrand Blier
* 1991 : Les Secrets professionnels du Dr Apfelglück by Alessandro Capone
* 1991 : Prospero’s Books, directed by Peter Greenaway
* 1991 : La Montre, la croix et la manière, directed by Ben Lewin
* 1993 : Toxic affaire, directed by Philomène Esposito
* 1994 : Grosse fatigue, director, writer and actor
* 1994 : Prêt-à-porter, directed by Robert Altman
* 1994 : Le Monstre, directed by Roberto Benigni
* 1996 : Les Grands Ducs, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 1999 : Mauvaise passe, director, writer
* 2002 : Embrassez qui vous voudrez, director, writer and actor
* 2003 : Madame Édouard, directed by Nadine Monfils
* 2006 : Je vous trouve très beau, directed by Isabelle Mergault
* 2006 : Les Bronzés 3 – Amis pour la vie, directed by Patrice Leconte
* 2007 : Les Témoins – directed by André Téchiné
* 2008 : Nos 18 ans

A few extracts from the movie “Les bronzés font du ski”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c3W0yZ3_E0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xnyfx58QjPE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-a52UqZAwk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXvzYtez6ds

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aedx65Qto0

“Viens chez moi, j’habite chez une copine” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VE7Zmvm0fVE

  • Pierre Richard (born on 16th August, 1934 in Valenciennes)

Depardieu (left) with Pierre Richard.

Pierre Richard is a French actor best known for the roles of a clumsy daydreamer in comedy films. Richard is also a film director and an occasional singer.

In 2006 Richard received a lifetime achievement César Award from the “Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma”.

Richard is a wine grower. His 20-hectare vineyard produce some 80,000 bottles a year, including some 12,000 bottles of rosé under the “le Bel Évêque” label. Richard also owns a restaurant in Paris, “Au pied de chameau”.

A few extracts from the film “La chèvre” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ur_M2q_gvk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzGq74wcyko

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whi3opbbTwM

  • Daniel Auteuil (born on 24th January, 1950)

Daniel Auteuil with actress Emmanuelle Béart.

Daniel Auteuil is a French actor. He was born in Algiers, French Algeria, to parents who were both opera singers. His starring role in “Jean de Florette” brought him international recognition. He is one of the most famous actors in France.

Filmography:

* 2007 : Le Deuxieme Souffle
* 2007 : Dialogue avec mon jardinier – painter
* 2006 : La Doublure
* 2006 : Mon Meilleur Ami
* 2006 : N. Napoleon & Me
* 2005 : Caché
* 2005 : To Paint or Make Love (Peindre ou faire l’amour)
* 2004 : 36 Quai des Orfèvres
* 2003 : Fleur de peau
* 2003 : Petites coupures
* 2003 : Après vous…
* 2003 : Rencontre avec le dragon
* 2002 : Un jour dans la vie du cinéma français
* 2002 : L’Adversaire, as Jean-Marc Faure (based on real-life criminal Jean-Claude Romand)
* 2001 : Vajont – La diga del disonore
* 2001 : Le placard
* 2000 : Sade
* 2000 : La Veuve de Saint-Pierre
* 1999 : La fille sur le pont (aka Girl on the Bridge) – César Award for Best Actor
* 1999 : Mauvaise passe
* 1999 : The Lost Son – nominated for Best Actor in a British Independent Film by BIFA
* 1997 : Lucie Aubrac
* 1997 : Le bossu
* 1996 : Sostiene Pereira
* 1996 : Le huitième jour
* 1996 : Passage à l’acte
* 1996 : Les voleurs
* 1995 : Les cent et une nuits by Simon Cinéma
* 1995 : Une femme française
* 1994 : La reine Margot
* 1994 : La séparation
* 1993 : Ma saison préférée
* 1992 : Un cœur en hiver
* 1991 : Ma vie est un enfer
* 1990 : Lacenaire
* 1989 : Romuald et Juliette
* 1988 : Quelques jours avec moi
* 1986 : Manon des Sources
* 1986 : Jean de Florette – César Award for Best Actor
* 1986 : Le paltoquet
* 1985 : L’Amour en douce
* 1985 : Palace
* 1984 : Les fauves
* 1984 : L’arbalète
* 1984 : P’tit con
* 1983 : L’indic
* 1982 : Les sous-doués en vacances
* 1982 : Que les gros salaires lèvent le doigt!!!
* 1982 : Pour 100 briques t’as plus rien…
* 1982 : Emmenez-moi au théâtre: Apprends-moi Céline
* 1982 : T’empêches tout le monde de dormir
* 1981 : Clara et les Chics Types
* 1981 : Calvaire d’un jeune homme impeccable
* 1981 : Les hommes préfèrent les grosses
* 1981 : S.A.R.L. ou société amoureuse à responsabilité limitée
* 1980 : Au théâtre ce soir: Bataille de dames
* 1980 : La banquière
* 1980 : Les sous-doués
* 1979 : À nous deux
* 1979 : Bête mais discipliné
* 1979 : Les héros n’ont pas froid aux oreilles
* 1979 : Rien ne va plus
* 1978 : L’amour violé
* 1977 : Rendez-vous en noir
* 1977 : Monsieur Papa
* 1977 : La nuit de Saint-Germain-des-Prés
* 1977 : L’enlèvement du régent – Le chevalier d’Harmental
* 1976 : Les mystères de Loudun
* 1976 : Attention les yeux!
* 1975 : L’agression
* 1974 : Les Fargeot

A few extracts from the film “Jean de Florette” (with very famous French actor Yves Montand):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NItqKy7IHU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z6K3kKkG3s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPK4ZDhL9sI

  • Jean Reno (born on 30th July, 1948)

Jean Reno is a César Award-nominated French actor. Working in both French and English, he has appeared not only in numerous successful Hollywood productions such as “Godzilla”, “The Da Vinci Code”, “Mission: Impossible” and “Ronin”, but also in European productions such as “Léon” and the 2005 Italian film “The Tiger and the Snow”.

Leon : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWIJpw9UJdQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeseZcSuCFg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xGd5ch9v3s

Filmography:

Year

Title

Role

Note

1980

The Moroccan Stallion

1982

La Passante du Sans-Souci

1983

Le Dernier Combat

1985

Le téléphone sonne toujours deux fois!!

Marraine ‘s confidence man

Subway

The Drummer

1988

Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue)

Enzo Molinari

1990

L’Homme au masque d’or

Father Victorio Gaetano

Nikita

Victor, nettoyeur

1991

Loulou Graffiti

Pique la Lune

L’Opération Corned-Beef

Capitaine Philippe Boulier, dit ‘Le Squale’/Captain Philippe

1992

Kurenai no buta

Porco Rosso

Voice

1993

La Vis

Monsieur K

Paranoïa

Flight from Justice

Charlie Bert

TV

Les Visiteurs

Godefroy de Papincourt, Comte de Montmirail

1994

Léon (The Professional)

Leon

1995

Les Truffes

Patrick

French Kiss

Inspector Jean-Paul Cardon

Al di là delle nuvole

Carlo

1996

Mission: Impossible

Franz Krieger

Le Jaguar

Jean Campana

1997

Roseanna’s Grave

Marcello

Un amour de sorcière

Molok

Les Soeurs Soleil

Un spectateur

1998

Les Visiteurs II: Les Couloirs du temps

Comte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy

Godzilla

Philippe Roaché

Ronin

Vincent

2000

Les Rivières pourpres (Crimson Rivers)

Pierre Niemans

2001

Just Visiting

Count Thibault of Malfete

Wasabi

Hubert Fiorentini

2002

Décalage horaire

Felix

Rollerball

Alexis Petrovich

2003

Tais-toi!

Ruby

2004

Onimusha 3: Demon Siege
(Capcom-based popular franchise)

Voice actor and Character Model of Jacques Blanc

Les Rivières pourpres II: Les anges de l’apocalypse
(Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse)

Commissaire Niemans

Hotel Rwanda

Mr. Tillens (uncredited)

L’Enquête Corse

Ange Leoni

2005

L’Empire des loups (Empire of the Wolves)

Jean-Louis Schiffer

The Tiger and the Snow

Fuad

2006

The Pink Panther

Gilbert Ponton

Flyboys

Captain Thenault

The Da Vinci Code

Captain Bezu Fache

Flushed Away

Le Frog

voice

2008

Ca$h

Maxime – Dubreuil

2009

The Pink Panther 2

Gilbert Ponton

Margaret

Ramon

awaiting release

Armored

Quinn

awaiting release

Couples Retreat

TBA

filming

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