Top 165 French Film Actorsby Ptl87 | created - 01 May 2017 | updated - 9 months ago | Public
Actor | La faute des autres
It was not obvious from the start that Pierre Alcover, a hefty John Blunt, would become a stage and movie actor. In fact he seems to be one of his kind for they are few those who made the transition from warehouseman at Les Halles (Paris' traditional central market) to winner of a first prize at ...
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...
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 Le placard (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...
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 ...
11. Harry Baur
Actor | Golgotha
Harry Baur was born on April 12, 1880 in Montrouge, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], Île-de-France, France as Henri-Marie Baur. He was an actor, known for Behold the Man (1935), Un carnet de bal (1937) and Les Misérables (1934). He was married to Rika Radifé and Rose Grane. He died on April 8, ...
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 ...
13. Charles Berling
Actor | Ridicule
Charles Berling was born on the 30th of April 1958, in Saint-Mandé in Val de Marne, France. His father was a doctor in Toulon and his mother was an English teacher. At the age of 15, he began theater at school with his brother. His interest in acting grew thanks to his love in literature for ...
15. 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 Aventure à Paris (1936), Les Visiteurs du Soir (1942) and L'homme de Londres (1943). He was married to Josseline Gaël. He died on April 23, 1951 in Paris, France.
16. Richard Berry
Actor | L'immortel
Richard Berry was born on July 31, 1950 in Paris, France as Richard Élie Benguigui. He is an actor and writer, known for L'immortel (2010), Nos femmes (2015) and Le petit prince a dit (1992). He has been married to Pascale Louange since September 17, 2016. They have one child. He was previously ...
17. Julien Bertheau
Julien Bertheau was born on June 19, 1910 in Algiers, Alger, France as Julien Désiré Bertheau. He was an actor, known for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Count of Monte Cristo (1954) and The Phantom of Liberty (1974). He was married to Micheline Boudet and Denise Clair. He died on...
20. Pierre Blanchar
Actor | Crime et châtiment
Pierre Blanchar was born on June 30, 1892 in Philippeville, Constantine, France as Gustave Pierre Blanchard. He was an actor and director, known for Crime and Punishment (1935), Feu Mathias Pascal (1937) and L'Atlantide (1932). He was married to Marte d'Lagrange. He died on November 21, 1963 in ...
21. Bernard Blier
Actor | Quai des Orfèvres
Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Quai des Orfèvres (1947), The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in ...
22. 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 ...
Actor | The Longest Day
At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the ...
24. 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 ...
25. Claude Brasseur
Actor | Un éléphant ça trompe énormément
Claude Brasseur was born on June 15, 1936 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Claude Espinasse. He is an actor, known for Pardon Mon Affaire (1976), O Fio do Horizonte (1993) and Le souper (1992). He has been married to 'Michèle Cambon since 1970. They have one child. He was previously ...
26. 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), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and Port of Shadows (1938). He was married to Lina Magrini and Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in Bruneck, ...
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, ...
28. Jean Carmet
Actor | Les misérables
Jean Carmet was born on April 25, 1920 in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France as Jean Gabriel Edmond Carmet. He was an actor and writer, known for Les misérables (1982), Bouvard et Pecuchet (1989) and The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972). He died on April 20, 1994 in Sèvres, ...
29. Julien Carette
Actor | La grande illusion
Julien Carette was born on December 23, 1897 in Paris, France as Julien Victor. He was an actor, known for La Grande Illusion (1937), The Rules of the Game (1939) and L'heureuse aventure (1935). He died on July 20, 1966 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines, France.
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, ...
31. Vincent Cassel
Actor | Black Swan
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, ...
Soundtrack | The Love Parade
Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...
34. Pierre Clémenti
Actor | Belle de jour
Pierre Clémenti was born on September 28, 1942 in Paris, France. He was an actor and director, known for Belle de Jour (1967), Porcile (1969) and À l'ombre de la canaille bleue (1986). He was married to Clementi, Margaret. He died on December 27, 1999 in Paris.
36. Bruno Cremer
Actor | Sorcerer
Bruno Cremer went to Paris following high school. He always knew he was made to be an actor and his mother helped him. He was admitted to the Paris Conservatory. He rose to prominence in the theater playing in Shakespeare's "Pericles," Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" and Jean Anouilh's "Poor Bitos...
37. Alain Cuny
Actor | La dolce vita
Alain Cuny went to medical school with the intention of becoming a physician, but left to attend an arts school in Paris and became a painter. He entered the film industry as a costume and set designer for such directors as Alberto Cavalcanti and Jacques Feyder, all the time attending acting school...
38. 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 ...
41. 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), The Man Who Loved Women (1977) and La vie est à nous (1936). He was married to Marie-Hélène Dasté. He died on October 15, 1994 in Saint-Étienne, Loire,...
42. 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 ...
43. Jean Debucourt
Actor | La chute de la maison Usher
Jean Debucourt was born on January 19, 1894 in Paris, France as Jean Etienne Pelisse. He was an actor, known for La chute de la maison Usher (1928), Mayerling (1936) and Nana (1955). He died on March 22, 1958 in Montrouge, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
44. 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.
46. 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 ...
47. Charles Denner
Actor | L'homme qui aimait les femmes
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 ...
48. 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 ...
Actor | Tous les matins du monde
Guillaume Depardieu was born on April 7, 1971 in Paris, France as Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu. He was an actor, known for Tous les matins du monde (1991), Pola X (1999) and The Duchess of Langeais (2007). He was married to Elise Ventre. He died on October 13, 2008 in Garches, ...
50. Jean Desailly
Actor | La peau douce
Jean Desailly was born on August 24, 1920 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for The Soft Skin (1964), On ne badine pas avec l'amour (1955) and La mort de Belle (1961). He was married to Simone Valère and Nicole Desailly. He died on June 10, 2008 in Dourdan, Essonne, France.
51. Patrick Dewaere
Actor | Un mauvais fils
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...
Actor | L'instinct de mort
Michel Duchaussoy was born on November 29, 1938 in Valenciennes, Nord, France as Michel René Jacques Duchaussoy. He was an actor, known for Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008), Confidences trop intimes (2004) and May Fools (1990). He was married to Isabelle De Funès. He died on March 13, 2012 in...
54. Louis Ducreux
Actor | La double vie de Véronique
Louis Ducreux was born on September 22, 1911 in Marseille, France as Louis Raymond Bordat. He was an actor and writer, known for The Double Life of Veronique (1991), Un dimanche à la campagne (1984) and Au théâtre ce soir (1966). He died on December 19, 1992 in Paris, France.
56. 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 ...
57. Charles Dullin
Actor | Maldone
Charles Dullin was born on May 12, 1885 in Yenne, Savoie, France as Charles Edouard François Marie Dullin. He was an actor and producer, known for Misdeal (1928), Miracle of the Wolves (1924) and L'homme qui vendit son âme au diable (1921). He was married to Marcelle Charles Dullin. He died ...
58. 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&...
60. 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 ...
61. Daniel Emilfork
Actor | La cité des enfants perdus
Daniel Emilfork was born on April 7, 1924 in Providencia, Santiago, Metropolitan Region, Chile. He was an actor, known for The City of Lost Children (1995), La belle captive (1983) and Subversion (1979). He died on October 17, 2006 in Paris, France.
62. Maurice Escande
Actor | Les trois mousquetaires
The name of Maurice Escande is inextricably linked to the Comédie-Française, the oldest and most illustrious theatre company of France. He indeed belonged to the troupe - with only a few interruptions - from 1918 to 1970, rose through the ranks from "pensionnaire" (paid actor) to "sociétaire" (...
63. Saturnin Fabre
Actor | La nuit fantastique
Saturnin Fabre was born on April 4, 1884 in Sens, Yonne, France as Charles Saturnin Joseph Fabre. He was an actor, known for La nuit fantastique (1942), Désiré (1937) and La dame de chez Maxim (1950). He died on October 24, 1961 in Montgeron, Essonne, France.
Actor | Don Camillo
The apocryphal biography of Fernand Contandin tells the invention of his artistic name Fernandel by his sister-in-law ("Voici le Fernand d'elles"). At the beginning of the thirties he became a typical actor of the comedy genre: popular, common, likable and with a concealed grain of drama. Marc ...
66. Victor Francen
Actor | J'accuse!
Victor Francen was born on August 5, 1888 in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium as Victor Franssen. He was an actor, known for I Accuse (1938), Hold Back the Dawn (1941) and Crépuscule d'épouvante (1921). He was married to Eleanor Kreutzer, Renée Corciade and Mary Marquet. He died on November ...
67. Paul Frankeur
Paul Frankeur was born on June 29, 1905 in Paris, France. He was an actor, known for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Le Deuxième Souffle (1966) and The Phantom of Liberty (1974). He died on October 27, 1974 in Nevers, Nièvre, France.
68. 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 ...
71. 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. ...
73. Michel Galabru
Actor | Subway
Michel Galabru was born on October 27, 1922 in Safi, French Protectorate of Morocco as Michel Louis Edmond Galabru. He was an actor and writer, known for Subway (1985), Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999) and La Cage aux Folles (1978). He was married to Claude and Anne Jacquot. He died on January ...
Guillaume Gallienne was born on February 8, 1972 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and director, known for Les garçons et Guillaume, à table! (2013), Maryline (2017) and Marie Antoinette (2006). He has been married to Amandine since 2004. They have one child.
76. 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 Godard Mon Amour (2017). He has been married to Laetitia Casta since June 2017. He was previously married to Golshifteh Farahani.
77. Maurice Garrel
Actor | Rois et reine
Maurice Garrel was born on February 24, 1923 in Saint-Servais, Isère, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Kings & Queen (2004), La maison des Bories (1970) and To Commit a Murder (1967). He was married to Martine. He died on June 4, 2011 in Paris, France.
78. Daniel Gélin
Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much
Gallic lead and character actor Daniel Gelin did not have an easy life but was warmly embraced as a talented star who appeared to fine advantage for such legendary directors as Max Ophüls, Louis Malle, Jean Cocteau, Alfred Hitchcock, and Claude Lelouch. He left home at age 16 to take dramatic arts ...
80. Guillaume Gouix
Actor | Attila Marcel
Guillaume Gouix grew up in the community of Cabriès, which is in the department Bouches-Du-Rhône, where he spent his childhood. After a brief appearance in a TV-movie he started to study acting at the Conservatory of Marseille. Later on he continued his studies at a regional drama school in Cannes,...
81. Fernand Gravey
Actor | The King and the Chorus Girl
One of director Alfred Machin's favorite actresses was Fernande Dépernay of the Théâtre des Galeries. Dépernay was married to Georges Mertens, another of Machin's regular actors. Their son, Fernand Mertens, born in 1904. He made his acting debut in 'Saïda Makes Off with Manneken Pis' and in 1914 ...
83. Julien Guiomar
Actor | Z
Passionate about acting, Julien Guiomar has left a lasting imprint on the theater (since 1952), on television (since 1958) and on the big screen (since 1966) in a career spanning five decades. And yet, Guiomar first saw himself as a dentist, ... like Daddy! But he finally proved the saying 'Like ...
84. Sacha Guitry
Writer | Les perles de la couronne
French actor, dramatist and director, Sacha Guitry was born in 1885 in Saint-Petersburg where his father, actor Lucien Guitry, was under contract with the city's French theater. Early on, Sacha knew he was going to be an artist. Therefore, his studies were mediocre.
His acting debuts were not too ...
85. Roger Hanin
Actor | Navarro
Roger Hanin was born on October 20, 1925 in Algiers, Alger, France as Roger Jacob Lévy. He was an actor and writer, known for Navarro (1989), Breathless (1960) and Le protecteur (1974). He was married to Christine Gouze-Rénal and Lisette Barucq. He died on February 11, 2015 in Paris, France.
86. 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 ...
88. Robert Hossein
Director | Les misérables
The son of orchestra conductor André Hossein, Paris-born Robert Hossein was trained at René Simon's acting school. Hossein labored away as actor/director with the legendary Theatre Grand Guignol in Montmartre, then spent several years on the "legitimate" stage. In films from 1955's Rififi (Rififi (...
89. 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, ...
90. Louis Jouvet
Actor | Drôle de drame
Louis Jouvet was a living glory of the French theatre where he debuted in 1910. In his life he has worked as pharmacist, manager of a theatre, actor and theatre teacher. He debuted at the movies in 1932 and his best films were of the Golden Age of French cinema called the "poetical realism", e.g. "...
94. 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 ...
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 ...
99. Fernand Ledoux
Actor | The Longest Day
Fernand Ledoux was born on January 24, 1897 in Tirlemont, Belgium as Jacques Joseph Félix Fernand Ledoux. He is known for his work on The Longest Day (1962), L'homme de Londres (1943) and It Happened at the Inn (1943). He was married to Fernande Thabuy. He died on September 21, 1993 in Paris, ...