Top 100 French Actors

by minalex | created - 25 May 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

The list also includes Belgian actors

1. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

2. Victor André

Le voyage dans la lune

Victor André is an actor, known for A Trip to the Moon (1902).

3. Albert Dieudonné

Writer | Son crime

Albert Dieudonné was born on November 26, 1889 in Paris, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Son crime (1921), Gloire rouge (1923) and Sous la griffe (1917). He died on March 19, 1976 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

4. Edmond Van Daële

Actor | L'agonie de Jérusalem

Edmond Van Daële was born on August 11, 1884 in Paris, France as Edmond Jean Adolphe Minckwitz. He was an actor and director, known for Revelation (1927), Cagliostro - Liebe und Leben eines großen Abenteurers (1929) and The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1930). He died on March 11, 1960 in ...

5. Vladimir Roudenko

Actor | Napoléon vu par Abel Gance

Vladimir Roudenko was born on May 1, 1909 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. He was an actor, known for Napoleon (1927). He died on August 23, 1976 in Paris, France.

6. Alexandre Koubitzky

Actor | Napoléon Bonaparte

Alexandre Koubitzky was an actor, known for Napoléon Bonaparte (1935) and Napoleon (1927). He died on January 13, 1937 in Moscow, USSR.

7. Maurice Schutz

Actor | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Maurice Schutz was born on August 4, 1866 in Paris, France as Paul Maurice Schutzenberger. He was an actor and assistant director, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Vampyr (1932) and Cyrano de Bergerac (1923). He died on March 22, 1955 in Clichy-la-Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

8. André Berley

Actor | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

André Berley was born on January 13, 1880 in Paris, France as André Edmond Obrecht. He was an actor, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Le petit café (1931) and Jenny Lind (1931). He died on November 27, 1936 in Paris.

9. Eugene Silvain

Actor | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

Eugene Silvain was born on January 17, 1851 in Bourg-en-Bresse, Ain, France as Eugène Charles Joseph Silvain. He was an actor, known for The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) and Molière, sa vie, son oeuvre (1922). He was married to Louise Silvain and Annie Whiteford. He died on August 21, 1930 ...

10. Pierre Batcheff

Actor | Les deux timides

Pierre Batcheff was born on June 23, 1907 in Harbin, Manchuria, China as Piotr Bacev. He was an actor and writer, known for Two Timid Souls (1928), Monte Cristo (1929) and The Chess Player (1927). He died on April 13, 1932 in Paris, France.

11. Raymond Cordy

Actor | Quatorze Juillet

Raymond Cordy was born on December 9, 1898 in Vitry-sur-Seine, Val-de-Marne, France as Victor Raymond Cordioux. He was an actor, known for July 14 (1933), La brigade en jupons (1936) and The Last Will of Dr. Mabuse (1933). He was married to Madeleine Fromet. He died on April 23, 1956 in Paris, ...

12. Pierre Renoir

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Renoir was born on March 21, 1885 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Marion de Lorme (1918) and Night at the Crossroads (1932). He was married to Sergine, Vera. He died on March 11, 1952 in Paris.

13. Michel Simon

Actor | Le quai des brumes

The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...

14. Jean Dasté

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean Dasté was born on August 18, 1904 in Paris, France as Jean Georges Gustave Dasté. He was an actor, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), La vie est à nous (1936) and The Man Who Loved Women (1977). He was married to Marie-Hélène Dasté. He died on October 15, 1994 in Saint-Priest-en-Jarez...

15. Jean Gabin

Actor | La grande illusion

Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. ...

16. Julien Carette

Actor | La règle du jeu

Julien Carette was born on December 23, 1897 in Paris, France as Julien Victor. He was an actor, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), La Grande Illusion (1937) and L'heureuse aventure (1935). He died on July 20, 1966 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France.

17. Marcel Dalio

Actor | Sabrina

Sunday, November the 20th is the anniversary of Marcel Dalio's death in 1983. It was the end of a serendipitous life. You know him. He was a citizen of the world. Born Israel Moshe Blauschild, in Paris, in 1900, he became a much sought-after character actor. His lovely animated face with its great ...

18. Jules Berry

Actor | Aventure à Paris

Jules Berry was born on February 9, 1883 in Poitiers, Vienne, France as Jules Peaufichet. He was an actor, known for Adventure in Paris (1936), The London Man (1943) and Balthazar (1937). He was married to Josseline Gaël. He died on April 23, 1951 in Paris, France.

19. Roland Toutain

Actor | La règle du jeu

Roland Toutain was born on October 18, 1905 in Paris, France. He is known for his work on The Rules of the Game (1939), The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1930) and Yoshiwara (1937). He died on October 16, 1977 in Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, France.

20. Jean Renoir

Writer | La grande illusion

Son of the famous Impressionist painter Pierre Auguste, he had a happy childhood. Pierre Renoir was his brother, and Claude Renoir was his nephew. After the end of World War I, where he won the Croix de Guerre, he moved from scriptwriting to filmmaking. He married Catherine Hessling, for whom he ...

21. Pierre Fresnay

Actor | La grande illusion

Pierre Fresnay was born on April 4, 1897 in Paris, France as Pierre Jules Louis Laudenbach. He was an actor and writer, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), Amazing Monsieur Fabre (1951) and Monsieur Vincent (1947). He was married to Berthe Bovy and Rachel Bérendt. He died on January 9, 1975 in ...

22. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Children of Paradise (1945), Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Gates of the Night (1946). He was married to Lina Magrini and Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, ...

23. Jean-Louis Barrault

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Celebrated French stage actor/director/producer Jean-Louis Barrault was born on September 8, 1910. A superlative tragedian and mime, his dedication to both avant-garde and classical plays helped revive the French theatre after World War II, while presenting world premières of works by such ...

24. Marcel Herrand

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Treading the boards since 1920, Marcel Herrand lent his natural elegance and his exceptional presence to plays by major playwrights such as Jules Romains, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Schnitzler, John Ford or Albert Camus, under the direction of such geniuses as Jacques Copeau, Charles Dullin, or Georges ...

25. Paul Bernard

Actor | Le bossu

Paul Bernard was born on September 21, 1898 in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, Lot-et-Garonne, France as Paul Renaud Bernard. He was an actor, known for Le bossu (1944), The Revenge of Roger (1946) and Lumière d'été (1943). He died on May 4, 1958 in Paris, France.

26. Jean Marais

Actor | La belle et la bête

Jean Marais was a popular French cinema actor and director who played over 100 roles in film and on television, and was also known for his many talents as a writer, painter and sculptor.

He was born Jean Alfred Villain-Marais on December 11, 1913, in Cherbourg, France. His father practiced ...

27. Louis Jourdan

Actor | Octopussy

Louis Jourdan was born Louis Robert Gendre in Marseille, France, to Yvonne (née Jourdan) and Henry Gendre, a hotel owner. He was educated in France, Britain, and Turkey. He trained as an actor with René Simon at the École Dramatique. He debuted on screen in 1939, going on to play cultivated, ...

28. Howard Vernon

Actor | Delicatessen

Swiss-born actor Howard Vernon (né Mario Lippert) would make his infamous claim to fame as a stock lead player for the lowgrade, campy horror features of notorious director Jesús Franco, starring as Dr. Orloff, Dracula, and other terrorizers, most of them produced in Spain or France. Born in 1914 ...

29. Michel Auclair

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Michel Auclair was born on September 14, 1922 in Koblenz, Germany as Vladimir Vujovic Caspar. He was an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Funny Face (1957). He was married to Frédérique Homo. He died on January 7, 1988 in Saint-Paul-en-Forêt, Var, France.

30. Jean-Marie Robain

Actor | Les dossiers de l'écran

Jean-Marie Robain was born on December 8, 1913 in Biard, Vienne, France. He is known for his work on Les dossiers de l'écran (1967), Les Enfants Terribles (1950) and Paris Belongs to Us (1961). He died on April 12, 2004 in Montmorillon, Vienne.

31. Claude Dauphin

Actor | Barbarella

In 1930, Claude, who was a stage-struck set designer at the Oden Theater, a repertory house in Paris, learned an ailing actor's part in two hours and took it over without a rehearsal. Tristan Bernard, the famous French playwright and producer took notice of this feat. He engaged Dauphin for the ...

32. Serge Reggiani

Actor | Il gattopardo

The notably gifted, multi-talented actor, chanteur, poet and painter Serge Reggiani was born in Reggio Emilia, a town in northern Italy, in 1922. His father, a highly visible anti-fascist, fled his Mussolini-dictated homeland due to his fervent political activities and emigrated to France in order ...

33. Georges Poujouly

Actor | Les diaboliques

Georges Poujouly was born on January 20, 1940 in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He was an actor, known for Diabolique (1955), Elevator to the Gallows (1958) and Les aventures de Tintin (1957). He died on October 28, 2000 in Villejuif, Val-de-Marne, France.

34. Yves Montand

Actor | Le salaire de la peur

Yves Montand was born on October 13, 1921 in Monsummano Terme, Tuscany, Italy as Ivo Livi. He was an actor, known for The Wages of Fear (1953), Jean de Florette (1986) and Let's Make Love (1960). He was married to Simone Signoret. He died on November 9, 1991 in Senlis, Oise, France.

35. Charles Boyer

Actor | Gaslight

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...

36. Charles Vanel

Actor | Les diaboliques

Charles Vanel was born on August 21, 1892 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France as Charles-Marie Vanel. He was an actor and director, known for Diabolique (1955), The Wages of Fear (1953) and To Catch a Thief (1955). He was married to Arlette Mauricette Bailly. He died on April 15, 1989 in Cannes, ...

37. Paul Meurisse

Actor | Les diaboliques

Paul Meurisse was the son of a bank manager and it first looked as if he would follow in his father's footsteps when he became a solicitor's clerk in Aix-en-Provence. But his passion was elsewhere and he soon did the splits appearing as a chorus boy in music-hall revues. Leaving Aix for Paris, with...

38. Gérard Blain

Actor | Hatari!

Gérard Blain was born on October 23, 1930 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for Hatari! (1962), The Friends (1971) and The Pelican (1974). He was married to Monique Sobieski, Bernadette Lafont and Estella Blain. He died on December 17, 2000 in Paris.

39. Jean-Pierre Léaud

Actor | Les quatre cents coups

Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it ...

40. Gérard Philipe

Actor | Le rouge et le noir

In 1940 Gerard left school and his parents wanted him be a lawyer. But soon his mother noticed that he was only interested in acting, although his father was against the idea. After timely intervention from Mark Allégret, who decided he showed some promise, Gerard's debut was in Claude Dauphin's ...

41. Alain Delon

Actor | Le samouraï

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 ...

42. Jean-Paul Belmondo

Actor | Pierrot le fou

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 (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before ...

43. Maurice Ronet

Actor | Le feu follet

Maurice Ronet was born on April 13, 1927 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Maurice Julien Marie Robinet. He was an actor and director, known for The Fire Within (1963), Elevator to the Gallows (1958) and Purple Noon (1960). He was married to Maria Pacôme. He died on March 14, 1983 in Paris, ...

44. Michel Piccoli

Actor | Le mépris

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 (1963) and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won ...

45. Louis de Funès

Actor | Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob

Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction.

Young Louis...

46. Jean-Claude Guilbert

Actor | Mouchette

Jean-Claude Guilbert is an actor, known for Mouchette (1967), Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) and Pano Will Not Be Shown (1969).

47. Jean Yanne

Actor | Tout le monde il est beau, tout le monde il est gentil

Jean Yanne was born on July 18, 1933 in Les Lilas, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France as Jean Roger Gouyé. He was an actor and writer, known for Everybody He Is Nice, Everybody He Is Beautiful (1972), Weekend (1967) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001). He was married to Jacqueline Renée Guellerin...

48. Jacques Tati

Writer | Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot

The comic genius Jacques Tati was born Taticheff, descended from a noble Russian family. His grandfather, Count Dimitri, had been a general in the Imperial Army and had served as military attaché to the Russian Embassy in Paris. His father, Emmanuel Taticheff, was a well-to-do picture framer who ...

49. Roman Polanski

Director | Chinatown

Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years ...

A French-Polish director, writer and actor

50. Michel Bouquet

Actor | Renoir

Michel Bouquet is an actor born in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on the 6 November 1925. His father, Georges Bouquet, was a World War One veteran and a wine-maker. His mother Marie was a milliner. He had three older brothers: Georges, Bernard and Serge. Michel's father was always a shadowy ...

51. 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 ...

52. Jean-Claude Brialy

Director | Églantine

One of the most popular and respected actors to come from the French "New Wave" film movement, Jean-Claude Brialy was born to a military family, which included one brother, in French colonial Algeria on March 30, 1933. Residing in various places while his father, a colonel with the French Army, ...

53. Jean-Pierre Cassel

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

He made his movie debut at the invitation of Gene Kelly, who cast Cassel in the 1956 Paris-filmed seriocomedy The Happy Road (1957). At least, that's what the press releases claimed; actually, the tall, elastic-faced Cassel had been plugging away in films on a minor basis since 1950. Shortly after, ...

54. Paul Frankeur

Actor | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Paul Frankeur was born on June 29, 1905 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Milky Way (1969) and Le Deuxième Souffle (1966). He died on October 27, 1974 in Nevers, Nièvre, France.

55. Michael Lonsdale

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

Michael Lonsdale was born on May 24, 1931 in Paris, France as Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch. He is an actor, known for The Day of the Jackal (1973), Moonraker (1979) and Ronin (1998).

56. François Truffaut

Writer | La nuit américaine

French director François Truffaut began to assiduously go to the movies at age seven. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who became his protector. Bazin helped the ...

57. Philippe Léotard

Actor | La balance

Philippe Léotard was born on August 28, 1940 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France as Ange-Philippe Leotard. He was an actor and composer, known for La balance (1982), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and Le Sheriff (1977). He died on August 25, 2001 in Paris, France.

58. Gérard Depardieu

Actor | Cyrano de Bergerac

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 ...

59. Charles Denner

Actor | Z

Mr. Denner began studying in Paris with Charles Dullin in 1945. Four years later, he joined the National Popular Theater. In 1962, he was offered his first big film role, in Bluebeard (1963). He made thirty films after that, notably with Claude Lelouch and François Truffaut. Over the years, he ...

60. François Périer

Actor | Le samouraï

Francois Perier was one of France's most prolific character leads. Born in Paris, his father managed a wine shop. At age 14, he wrote to legendary actor Louis Jouvet who subsequently helped him enter the Cours Simon and Le Conservatoire dramatic institutions. A stage star by 1938, he then ...

61. Jacques Dutronc

Actor | Van Gogh

Regardless of being called 'a dilettante of music', Jacques Dutronc became a very popular French singer and composer since the mid-60s. In the early 70s he began his screen career collaborating with such directors as Jean-Luc Godard, Andrzej Zulawski, Claude Lelouch and Maurice Pialat. For his ...

62. Lambert Wilson

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

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 ...

63. Pascal Greggory

Actor | La môme

Pascal Greggory was born on September 8, 1954 in Paris, France as Pascal Charles Greggory. He is an actor, known for La Vie en Rose (2007), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999) and Par le sang (2018).

64. Féodor Atkine

Actor | Love and Death

Féodor Atkine was born on February 27, 1948 in Paris, France. He is known for his work on Love and Death (1975), Pauline at the Beach (1983) and Ronin (1998).

65. Fabrice Luchini

Actor | Dans la maison

Fabrice Luchini was born on November 1, 1951 in Paris, France as Robert Luchini. He is an actor and writer, known for In the House (2012), Molière (2007) and Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996).

66. Tchéky Karyo

Actor | Nikita

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Tcheky Karyo grew up in Paris. He studied drama at the Cyrano Theatre and became a member of the Daniel Sorano Company, where he played numerous classical roles. He next joined the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where he starred in contemporary theatre as well as in such ...

67. Pierre Arditi

Actor | Mélo

Pierre Arditi was born on December 1, 1944 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Mélo (1986), Sauveur Giordano (2001) and Smoking/No Smoking (1993). He has been married to Evelyne Bouix since May 31, 2010.

68. Christopher Lambert

Actor | Highlander

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 ...

69. André Dussollier

Actor | Ne le dis à personne

André Dussollier was born on February 17, 1946 in Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France. He is an actor, known for Tell No One (2006), Amélie (2001) and Beauty and the Beast (2014).

70. Philippe Noiret

Actor | Nuovo Cinema Paradiso

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 ...

71. Jean Rochefort

Actor | L'homme du train

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...

72. Jean-Hugues Anglade

Actor | 37°2 le matin

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...

73. Vincent Perez

Actor | Queen of the Damned

Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father...

74. Denis Lavant

Actor | Holy Motors

Denis Lavant was born on June 17, 1961 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Holy Motors (2012), Beau travail (1999) and Boy Meets Girl (1984).

75. Jean-Marc Barr

Actor | Le grand bleu

Jean-Marc Barr was born on September 27, 1960 in Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. He is an actor and producer, known for The Big Blue (1988), Lovers (1999) and Big Sur (2013).

76. André Wilms

Actor | Le Havre

André Wilms was born on April 29, 1947 in Strasbourg, Bas-Rhin, France. He is an actor, known for Le Havre (2011), La Vie de Bohème (1992) and L'Enfer (1994).

77. Benoît Poelvoorde

Actor | C'est arrivé près de chez vous

Benoît Poelvoorde was born on September 22, 1964 in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. He is an actor and writer, known for Man Bites Dog (1992), The Brand New Testament (2015) and Romantics Anonymous (2010).

78. Jean Reno

Actor | Léon

Jean Reno was born Juan Moreno y Herrera-Jiménez in Casablanca, Morocco, to Spanish parents (from Andalucía) who moved to North Africa to seek work. His father was a linotypist. Reno settled in France at 17. He began studying drama and has credits in French television and theater as well as films. ...

79. Michel Serrault

Actor | Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

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 ...

80. Olivier Gourmet

Actor | L'exercice de l'État

Grandson of a carpenter, Olivier Gourmet grew up in Mirwart, a Belgian village where his father was a cattle dealer and mother the manager of a family hotel-restaurant. At 13, he was sent to boarding school, which was an unhappy experience that led him to "be closed in on myself". It was at this ...

81. Mathieu Kassovitz

Actor | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Mathieu Kassovitz was born on August 3, 1967 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Amélie (2001), La Haine (1995) and The Crimson Rivers (2000). He is married to Julie Mauduech. They have one child.

82. Éric Caravaca

Writer | Carré 35

Éric Caravaca was born on November 21, 1966 in Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Plot 35 (2017), C'est quoi la vie? (1999) and Unleaded (2000).

83. Benoît Magimel

Actor | La pianiste

Son of a nurse and a bank employee, Benoît Magimel was born in Paris and grew up there. At age 12, he played Momo in Life Is a Long Quiet River (1988) by Étienne Chatiliez. He stopped his studies at age 16 to become an actor.

But he had a dual personality: on one hand the man of low budget films ...

84. Vincent Cassel

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Blue-eyed Vincent Cassel was born in Paris to a leading actor father, Jean-Pierre Cassel, and a journalist mother, Sabine Litique. Often labeled as a tough guy because of his roles, eclectic choices and talent have made of him a star of European cinema. First in La Haine (1995), the young actor, ...

85. Louis Garrel

Actor | The Dreamers

Louis Garrel was born on June 14, 1983 in Paris, France. He is an actor and director, known for The Dreamers (2003), Love Songs (2007) and A Faithful Man (2018). He has been married to Laetitia Casta since June 10, 2017. He was previously married to Golshifteh Farahani.

86. Mathieu Amalric

Actor | Le scaphandre et le papillon

Mathieu Amalric was born on October 25, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and director, known for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Munich (2005).

87. Daniel Auteuil

Actor | Caché

Daniel Auteuil was born on January 24, 1950 in Algiers, Alger, France. He is an actor and director, known for Caché (2005), Jean de Florette (1986) and The Closet (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...

88. Jérémie Renier

Actor | In Bruges

Jérémie Renier was born on January 6, 1981 in Brussels, Belgium. He is an actor and writer, known for In Bruges (2008), Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) and My Way (2012).

89. Romain Duris

Actor | De battre mon coeur s'est arrêté

Appealing actor Romain Duris is the exact example of those who arrived in the movie industry by chance, and to stardom without really desiring it. Discovered by a casting director while he was waiting in front of a high school in Paris, he was offered a role. Between popular successes such as Le p&...

90. Tahar Rahim

Actor | Un prophète

Tahar Rahim was born on July 4, 1981 in Belfort, Territoire de Belfort, France. He is an actor, known for A Prophet (2009), The Past (2013) and Day of the Falcon (2011). He has been married to Leïla Bekhti since 2010.

91. Jacques Gamblin

Actor | Les enfants du marais

Jacques Gamblin was born on November 16, 1957 in Granville, Manche, France. He is an actor, known for The Children of the Marshland (1999), Safe Conduct (2002) and The Names of Love (2010).

92. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

93. François Cluzet

Actor | Intouchables

François Cluzet was born on September 21, 1955 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for The Intouchables (2011), Tell No One (2006) and French Kiss (1995).

94. Jean Dujardin

Actor | The Artist

In 1995 he began his first one man show, the same year he met Bruno Salomone, Eric Collado, Emmanuel Joucla and Eric Massot with whom he created the "Nous C nous". In 1999, he became "Loulou" in Un gars, une fille (1999). This part permitted him to show his talent to a larger public. Since the end ...

95. Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Actor | Un air de famille

Jean-Pierre Darroussin was born on December 4, 1953 in Courbevoie, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France as Jean-Pierre Daroussin. He is an actor and director, known for Un air de famille (1996), Le pressentiment (2006) and Le Havre (2011).

96. Gad Elmaleh

Actor | Hors de prix

Gad was born in Morocco in April 1971. His father was a mime. He was a student at Georges Bizet school and Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca but didn't like school much. In 1988, Gad left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one ...

A Moroccan French actor

97. Yvan Attal

Actor | Rush Hour 3

Yvan Attal was born on January 4, 1965 in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is an actor and writer, known for Rush Hour 3 (2007), Munich (2005) and Le brio (2017).

98. Vincent Rottiers

Actor | Renoir

Still little known to the public, this young actor has received two César nominations. He was born June 17, 1986 in Evry, in Essonne. He was raised by his mother after his parents separated when he was a young child. His father died when he was aged 13. As a schoolboy, he took acting classes ...

99. Simon Abkarian

Actor | Casino Royale

Simon Abkarian was born Simone Abkarian on March 5, 1962, in Gonesse, a northeastern suburb of Paris, France, into a French - Armenian family. Young Simon Abkarian grew up in a trilingual environment, he learned French at school in addition to his native Armenian, and also learned English by ...

100. Pierre Niney

Actor | Yves Saint Laurent

Pierre Niney was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (France), on March 13, 1989. He began his acting career at the age of eleven and joined the Comédie-Française troupe on October 16, 2010, when he was only twenty-one, which made him the youngest resident of the troupe. After several appearances in TV ...



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