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Luc Besson spent the first years of his life following his parents, scuba diving instructors, around the world. His early life was entirely aquatic. He already showed amazing creativity as a youth, writing early drafts of The Big Blue (1988) and The Fifth Element (1997), as an adolescent bored in school. He planned on becoming a marine biologist ... See full bio »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016/III Twice (co-writer) (announced)
 2016 The Lake (filming)
  Transporter 5 (characters) (announced)
  Transporter 6 (characters) (announced)
 2015 The Transporter Refueled (characters)
 2014 Taken 3 (characters) / (written by)
 2014/I Lucy (written by)
 2014 Taxi Brooklyn (TV Series) (based upon the film "Taxi" written by - 12 episodes)
- Frenchmen Can't Jump (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Revenge (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Double Identity (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- The Longest Night (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
- Black Widow (2014) ... (based upon the film "Taxi" written by)
 2014 Brick Mansions (screenplay) / (screenplay "Banlieue 13")
 2014 3 Days to Kill (screenplay) / (story)
  Nikita (TV Series) (characters created by - 51 episodes, 2011 - 2013) (characters - 21 episodes, 2010 - 2011)
- Canceled (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Bubble (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Pay-Off (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Set-Up (2013) ... (characters created by)
- Dead or Alive (2013) ... (characters created by)
  No Limit (TV Series) (3 episodes, 2013) (adaptation and dialogue - 6 episodes, 2012 - 2013) (idea - 6 episodes, 2012) (scenario, adaptation and dialogue - 2 episodes, 2012)
- Panique chimique (2013) ... (creator)
- Vacances j'oublie tout (2013) ... (creator)
- Le prototype (2013) ... (creator)
- Mariage à haut risque (2013) ... (creator)
- Braquage à la marseillaise (2013) ... (creator)
 2013/I The Family (screenplay)
 2013 Un prince (presque) charmant (screenplay)
 2012 Transporter: The Series (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 8 episodes)
- City of Love (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- 12 Hours (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- Trojan Horsepower (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- Sharks (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
- Dead Drop (2012) ... (based on characters created by)
 2012 Taken 2 (based on characters created by) / (written by)
 2012 Lockout (original idea) / (screenplay)
 2012 Blind Man (from an original idea by)
 2011 Colombiana (screenplay)
 2010 From Paris with Love (story)
 2009 Arthur and the Great Adventure (characters) / (screenplay - dialogues)
 2009 District 13: Ultimatum (scenario)
 2008 Transporter 3 (characters) / (written by)
 2008/I Taken (written by)
 2007 Taxi 4 (scenario)
 2006 Arthur and the Invisibles (book) / (written by)
 2006 Bandidas (written by)
 2005 Angel-A
 2005 Revolver (adaptation)
 2005 Transporter 2 (characters) / (written by)
 2005 Unleashed (written by)
 2004 District B13
 2004/I Taxi (earlier screenplay)
 2003 Michel Vaillant (screenplay)
 2003 Fanfan (writer)
 2003 Taxi 3 (scenario)
 2002 The Transporter (written by)
 2001 Wasabi
 2001 Kiss of the Dragon (screenplay)
 2001 Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (original idea) / (scenario)
  La Femme Nikita (TV Series) (based on characters created by - 81 episodes, 1997 - 2000) (characters - 15 episodes, 2000 - 2001)
- A Time for Every Purpose (2001) ... (characters)
- Let No Man Put Asunder (2001) ... (characters)
- The Evil That Men Do (2001) ... (characters)
- The Man Behind the Curtain (2001) ... (characters)
- All the World's a Stage (2001) ... (characters)
 2000 The Dancer (story)
 2000 Taxi 2
 1998 The Fifth Element (Video Game) (screenplay) / (story)
 1998/I Taxi
 1997 The Fifth Element (screenplay) / (story)
 1994 Léon: The Professional (written by)
 1993 Point of No Return (film La Femme Nikita)
 1988 The Big Blue (screenplay) / (story)
 1986 Kamikaze
 1985 Subway (dialogue) / (scenario)
 1981 L'avant dernier (Short)
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Show Show Actor (7 credits)
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Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (3 credits)
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Show Show Soundtrack (2 credits)
Show Show Cinematographer (1 credit)
Show Show Casting director (1 credit)
Show Show Editor (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (14 credits)
Show Show Self (44 credits)
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Other Works:

Music video: Directed Mylène Farmer video "My Soul's Slashed" See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 11 Articles | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on his threat to retire after directing 10 films] I said if I made 10 films in my life, I would be very lucky. That's how I meant it. My fear after my first one was whether they would let me make another one, so I had this goal in my head. After six, seven films, I started to get a little tired. Shooting takes a lot out of you. You finish a film and most of the time you're half-dead. I was happy... See more »

Trivia:

Placed under investigation on a charge of involuntary manslaughter 4 June 2002 by Paris prosecutor during inquiry into death of a cameraman hit by a car during 1999 filming of chase scene in Taxi 2 (2000), which Besson produced. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently has a shot of someone being slapped, focusing on the slapper's hand momentarily beforehand (Fifth Element, The Messenger, The Professional, La Femme Nikita) See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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