Best French Actor in a Leading Role 1980-1989

The seven best performances by year (1980-1989), French and foreign players playing in films produced mainly in France.
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1.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1980 Le Dernier métro de François Truffaut
Best French Actor 1980 ” - guillaume836076
 
2.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1980 Un mauvais fils de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster, one of five children, was born in Manhattan, to Elizabeth (Roberts) and James Henry Lancaster, a postal worker. All of his grandparents were immigrants from Northern Ireland. He was a tough street kid who took an early interest in gymnastics. He joined the circus as an acrobat and worked there until he was injured...
“ 1980 Atlantic City de Louis Malle ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1980 La Petite sirène de Roger Andrieux ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1980 Pile ou face de Robert Enrico ” - guillaume836076
 
6.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1980 Chère inconnue de Moshé Mizrahi ” - guillaume836076
 
7.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1980 La Cage aux folles 2 d'Edouard Molinaro ” - guillaume836076
 
8.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1981 La femme d'à côté de François Truffaut ” - guillaume836076
 
9.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1981 Beau-père de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
10.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1981 Coup de torchon de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076
 
11.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1981 Une étrange affaire de Pierre Granier-Deferre ” - guillaume836076
 
12.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1981 Un étrange voyage d'Alain Cavalier ” - guillaume836076
 
13.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1981 Garde à vue de Claude Miller
Best French Actor 1981 ” - guillaume836076
 
14.
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1981 Garde à vue de Claude Miller ” - guillaume836076
 
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“ 1982 Une chambre en ville de Jacques Demy ” - guillaume836076
 
16.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1982 Le Retour de Martin Guerre de Daniel Vigne ” - guillaume836076
 
17.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915-2011), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1982 Paradis pour tous d'Alain Jessua ” - guillaume836076
 
18.
“ 1982 Tir groupé de Jean-Claude Missiaen ” - guillaume836076
 
19.
“ 1982 La Balance de Bob Swaim
Best French Actor 1982 ” - guillaume836076
 
20.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1982 Les Fantômes du chapelier de Claude Chabrol ” - guillaume836076
 
21.
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1982 Les Misérables de Robert Hossein ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
“ 1983 Tchao pantin de Claude Berri
Best French Actor 1983 ” - guillaume836076
 
23.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1983 Danton d'Andrzej Wajda ” - guillaume836076
 
24.
“ 1983 Garçon ! de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1983 Le Prix du danger d'Yves Boisset ” - guillaume836076
 
26.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1983 Mortelle randonnée de Claude Miller ” - guillaume836076
 
27.
“ 1983 L'été meurtrier de Jean Becker ” - guillaume836076
 
28.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1983 Vivement dimanche ! de François Truffaut ” - guillaume836076
 
29.
“ 1984 L'amour à mort d'Alain Resnais ” - guillaume836076
 
30.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 1984 Notre histoire de Bertrand Blier
Best French Actor 1984 ” - guillaume836076
 
31.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1984 Fort Saganne d'Alain Corneau ” - guillaume836076
 
32.
“ 1984 Un dimanche à la campagne de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076
 
33.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1984 Les Ripoux de Claude Zidi ” - guillaume836076
 
34.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1984 La Diagonale du fou de Richard Dembo ” - guillaume836076
 
35.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1984 A mort l'arbitre ! de Jean-Pierre Mocky ” - guillaume836076
 
36.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1985 Police de Maurice Pialat ” - guillaume836076
 
37.
Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during the 1960s. He soon became a successful stage actor...
“ 1985 Harem d'Arthur Joffé ” - guillaume836076
 
38.
Christopher Lambert
Though born in Great Neck, Long Island, Christopher Lambert's family left the US when he was only two years old. His father was a United Nations diplomat assigned to Switzerland and, as a result, Chris was educated at private boarding schools in Geneva. Inspired through his having appeared in a play at age 12...
“ 1985 Subway de Luc Besson
Best French Actor 1985 ” - guillaume836076
 
39.
“ 1985 Poulet au vinaigre de Claude Chabrol ” - guillaume836076
 
40.
“ 1985 Escalier C de Jean-Charles Tacchella ” - guillaume836076
 
41.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1985 On ne meurt que deux fois de Jacques Deray ” - guillaume836076
 
42.
Lambert Wilson
Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London. A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most prestigious auteur directors...
“ 1985 Rendez-vous d'André Téchiné ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Actor, Betty Blue
Sensual, ambiguous, ultra sensitive French performer Jean-Hugues Anglade always had a reputation of intense and passionate actor. Any role, any language, Anglade seems to be able to do anything. From appearing integrally naked alongside Beatrice Dalle in "37.2 degrees in the morning", to playing an homosexual role in "The wounded man"...
“ 1986 37°2, le matin de Jean-Jacques Beineix ” - guillaume836076
 
44.
“ 1986 Jean de Florette et Manon des Sources de Claude Berri
Best French Actor 1986 ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
“ 1986 Tenue de soirée de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
46.
“ 1986 Mélo d'Alain Resnais ” - guillaume836076
 
47.
Dexter Gordon
Soundtrack, The Age of Adaline
Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s, he left his vices behind and created some wonderful music...
“ 1986 Autour de minuit de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076
 
48.
“ 1986 La Femme de ma vie de Régis Wargnier ” - guillaume836076
 
49.
“ 1986 Jean de Florette et Manon des Sources de Claude Berri ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
“ 1987 Le Grand chemin de Jean-Loup Hubert
Best French Actor 1987 ” - guillaume836076
 
51.
“ 1987 Miss Mona de Mehdi Charef ” - guillaume836076
 
52.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1987 Sous le Soleil de Satan de Maurice Pialat ” - guillaume836076
 
53.
“ 1987 Poussière d'ange d'Edouard Niermans ” - guillaume836076
 
54.
“ 1987 Tandem de Patrice Leconte ” - guillaume836076
 
55.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1987 Tandem de Patrice Leconte ” - guillaume836076
 
56.
“ 1987 L'été en pente douce de Gérard Krawczyk ” - guillaume836076
 
57.
“ 1988 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté de Claude Lelouch ” - guillaume836076
 
58.
“ 1988 Quelques jours avec moi de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
59.
Isaach De Bankolé
Isaach De Bankole, C'sar award-winning actor, was born on the Ivory Coast. Isaach was discovered on the streets of Paris while studying to be an airline pilot. He has a degree in Acting from Cours Simon and a Masters in Mathematics from the Universite de Paris.
“ 1988 Chocolat de Claire Denis ” - guillaume836076
 
60.
“ 1988 Le Grand bleu de Luc Besson ” - guillaume836076
 
61.
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Actor, Breathless
The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave...
“ 1988 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté de Claude Lelouch
Best French Actor 1988 ” - guillaume836076
 
62.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1988 Camille Claudel de Bruno Nuytten ” - guillaume836076
 
63.
Christopher Lambert
Though born in Great Neck, Long Island, Christopher Lambert's family left the US when he was only two years old. His father was a United Nations diplomat assigned to Switzerland and, as a result, Chris was educated at private boarding schools in Geneva. Inspired through his having appeared in a play at age 12...
“ 1988 Le Complot d'Agnieszka Holland ” - guillaume836076
 
64.
Jean-Hugues Anglade
Actor, Betty Blue
Sensual, ambiguous, ultra sensitive French performer Jean-Hugues Anglade always had a reputation of intense and passionate actor. Any role, any language, Anglade seems to be able to do anything. From appearing integrally naked alongside Beatrice Dalle in "37.2 degrees in the morning", to playing an homosexual role in "The wounded man"...
“ 1989 Nocturne indien d'Alain Corneau ” - guillaume836076
 
65.
“ 1989 Monsieur Hire de Patrice Leconte ” - guillaume836076
 
66.
“ 1989 Force majeure de Pierre Jolivet ” - guillaume836076
 
67.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1989 Trop belle pour toi de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
68.
“ 1989 Un monde sans pitié d'Eric Rochant ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1989 La Vie et rien d'autre de Bertrand Tavernier
Best French Actor 1989 ” - guillaume836076
 
70.
Lambert Wilson
Lambert Wilson was born in Paris and studied acting at the Drama Centre in London. A fluent English speaker, he made his feature film debut at the age of twenty-two in Fred Zinnemann's Five Days One Summer (1981) starring opposite Sean Connery. He went on to work with many of France's most prestigious auteur directors...
“ 1989 Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre de Denis Amar ” - guillaume836076