My favorite French actors

by rajmund1 | created - 26 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

1. 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. ...

2. Christian Clavier

Actor | Les visiteurs

Christian Clavier was born on May 6, 1952 in Paris, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Les visiteurs (1993), Just Visiting (2001) and Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999). He was previously married to Marie-Anne Chazel.

3. Thierry Lhermitte

Actor | Le dîner de cons

One of France's most popular actors, writers, and producers, Thierry Lhermitte has been appearing in films since the 1970s. Perhaps best known for work in farcical comedies, the tall, handsome actor has appeared in some of France's more outrageous films over the course of his prolific career.

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4. 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 ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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...

7. 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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. Pierre Richard

Actor | Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti

Certainly one of France's supreme farceurs in the classic tradition, comedian Pierre Richard was born to an upper crust family with an embarrassing riches of middle names as he was christened Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Leopold Defays. Working and building up his trade at the Paris Music Hall in...

10. 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 ...

11. 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...

12. 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 La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (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...

13. 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 Le placard (2001). He has been married to Aude Ambroggi since July 22, 2006. They have one child. He was previously married to Emmanuelle ...

14. 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 ...

15. 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 ...

16. Samuel Le Bihan

Actor | Le pacte des loups

Smiling, talented, eclectic actor Samuel Le Bihan seems to be one of the most popular actors in France and Europe. He acceded to stardom thanks to movies like Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), "Jet Set", "Shooting stars", "The code", À la folie... pas du tout (2002) but Samuel also showed his ...

17. Frédéric Diefenthal

Actor | Taxi 3

Frédéric Diefenthal was born on July 26, 1968 in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France as Frédéric Pierre Diefenthal-Girau-Guyard. He is an actor and producer, known for Taxi 3 (2003), Taxi (1998) and Taxi 2 (2000). He has been married to Gwendoline Hamon since May 2004. They have one child.

18. Samy Naceri

Actor | Taxi

Samy Naceri was born on July 2, 1961 in Paris, France as Saïd Naceri. He is an actor, known for Taxi (1998), Taxi 3 (2003) and Taxi 2 (2000). He has been married to Marie Guillard since 2005.

19. Jamel Debbouze

Actor | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre

Jamel Debbouze was born on June 18, 1975 in Paris, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002), Angel-A (2005) and Amélie (2001). He has been married to Mélissa Theuriau since May 7, 2008. They have two children.

20. Alain Chabat

Actor | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre

Alain Chabat was born on November 24, 1958 in Oran, France. He is an actor and producer, known for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002), The Science of Sleep (2006) and Didier (1997).

21. Gérard Lanvin

Actor | L'ennemi public n°1

Gérard Lanvin was born on June 21, 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Gérard Raymond Lanvain. He is an actor and writer, known for Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008), The Taste of Others (2000) and Le fils préféré (1994). He has been married to Jennifer...

22. 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), Les émotifs anonymes (2010) and Coco Before Chanel (2009).

23. Omar Sy

Actor | Intouchables

Omar Sy was born on January 20, 1978 in Trappes, Yvelines, France. He is an actor and writer, known for The Intouchables (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He has been married to Hélène since July 6, 2007. They have four children.

24. Michel Muller

Actor | Wasabi

Michel Muller was born on September 9, 1966 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor and writer, known for Wasabi (2001), Hénaut président (2012) and Promenons-nous dans les bois (2000).

25. François Levantal

Actor | La haine

François Levantal was born on October 10, 1960 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for La Haine (1995), The Crimson Rivers (2000) and A Very Long Engagement (2004).

26. Didier Bourdon

Actor | Les trois frères

Didier Bourdon was born on January 23, 1959 in Alger, Algeria. He is an actor and writer, known for Les trois frères (1995), A Good Year (2006) and Madame Irma (2006).

27. Dominique Pinon

Actor | Delicatessen

Born in Saumur, France on 4th March, 1955, Dominique Pinon made his first cinematic appearance in 1980, in La découverte (1980). Since that time he has gained a somewhat cult status due to his 'rubber' features, gaining roles in French surrealist films. Pinon's most notable roles include ...

28. Edouard Baer

Actor | Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre

Edouard Baer was born on December 1, 1966 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra (2002), Molière (2007) and La bostella (2000).



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