Top French Actors

by snygman | created - 11 Jun 2014 | updated - 11 Jun 2014 | Public

1. 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, ...

2. Niels Arestrup

Actor | Un prophète

Niels Arestrup was born on February 8, 1949 in Montreuil, Seine [now Seine-Saint-Denis], France. He is an actor and writer, known for A Prophet (2009), Diplomatie (2014) and War Horse (2011).

3. 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).

4. 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).

5. 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 ...

6. Reda Kateb

Actor | Zero Dark Thirty

Kateb was born in Ivry-sur-Seine, France, to an Algerian actor, Malek-Eddine Kateb, and a French nurse. He is a grandnephew of the Algerian writer Kateb Yacine. He grew up and lived in Ivry-sur-Seine, in region of Paris until 2011 after moving to Montreuil. The son of an actor, has been immersed in...

7. Matthias Schoenaerts

Actor | De rouille et d'os

Matthias Schoenaerts was born on December 8, 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium. His mother, Dominique Wiche, was a costume designer, translator and French teacher, and his father was actor Julien Schoenaerts. He made his film debut at the age of 13, alongside his father in the Belgian film Daens (1992), ...

8. Albert Dupontel

Actor | Irréversible

Albert Dupontel was born on January 11, 1964 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Seine-et-Oise, France as Philippe Guillaume. He is an actor and writer, known for Irreversible (2002), 9 mois ferme (2013) and Au revoir là-haut (2017).

9. Olivier Gourmet

Actor | Le fils

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 ...

10. 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 ...

11. Gaspard Ulliel

Actor | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Gaspard Ulliel's dream has always been to direct a movie, and after completing his studies at the lycée (French high school), he majored in cinema at the University of Saint-Denis. However, fate had other plans, and he is currently pursuing an acting career. It began when Ulliel was 12 years old ...

12. Eric Elmosnino

Actor | Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque)

Eric Elmosnino was born on May 2, 1964 in Suresnes, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is an actor, known for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010), La famille Bélier (2014) and Mike (2011).

13. 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), Le passé (2013) and Day of the Falcon (2011). He has been married to Leïla Bekhti since 2010.

14. 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).

15. Jalil Lespert

Actor | Ressources humaines

Jalil Lespert was born on September 18, 1976 in Paris, France. He is an actor and director, known for Human Resources (1999), 24 mesures (2007) and Tell No One (2006).

16. 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&...

17. 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 ...

18. 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...

19. 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 ...

20. 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 ...

21. Lino Ventura

Actor | L'armée des ombres

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 ...

22. 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 ...

23. 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 Dans la maison (2012), Molière (2007) and Beaumarchais the Scoundrel (1996).

24. Gilles Lellouche

Actor | Ne le dis à personne

Gilles Lellouche was born on July 5, 1972 in Caen, France. He is an actor and director, known for Tell No One (2006), Love Me If You Dare (2003) and Pourkoi... passkeu (2002).

25. Vincent Lacoste

Actor | Les beaux gosses

Vincent Lacoste was born on July 3, 1993 in Paris, France. He is an actor, known for Les beaux gosses (2009), Hippocrates: Diary of a French Doctor (2014) and Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia (2012).

26. Laurent Lafitte

Actor | Elle

Laurent Lafitte was born on August 22, 1973 in Paris, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Elle (2016), Tell No One (2006) and The Crimson Rivers (2000).

27. Jean-Pierre Bacri

Actor | Comme une image

Jean-Pierre Bacri was born on May 24, 1951 in Castiglione, Alger, France. He is an actor and writer, known for Look at Me (2004), Family Resemblances (1996) and The Taste of Others (2000).

28. 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.

29. 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 ...

30. Michel Blanc

Actor | Grosse fatigue

Michel Blanc was born on April 16, 1952 in Courbevoie, Seine [now Hauts-de-Seine], France. He is an actor and writer, known for Dead Tired (1994), Monsieur Hire (1989) and Embrassez qui vous voudrez (2002).

31. Vincent Lindon

Actor | La loi du marché

Vincent Lindon was born on July 15, 1959 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Vincent Alfred Fernand Lindon. He is an actor and writer, known for La loi du marché (2015), La Haine (1995) and Pour elle (2008). He was previously married to Sandrine Kiberlain.

32. Julien Boisselier

Actor | Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas

Like many actors, Julien Boisselier began in theater and then in the series he shot for the first time for television " Group Night " .

Noticed in 1996 in the saga summer France 2 " In a large wind flowers", then revealed in the TV movie " Willingly or unwillingly ," the actor had no trouble ...

33. Melvil Poupaud

Actor | Laurence Anyways

Melvil Poupaud was born on January 26, 1973 in Paris, France. He is an actor and director, known for Laurence Anyways (2012), Time to Leave (2005) and Speed Racer (2008).

34. Vincent Elbaz

Actor | The Hundred-Foot Journey

Vincent Elbaz was born on February 3, 1971 in Paris, France. He is an actor and producer, known for The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), La vérité si je mens! (1997) and No Limit (2012).

35. 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.

36. Nicolas Duvauchelle

Actor | Polisse

Touted as a rebel, Duvauchelle seem to be one of the most promising young actors in France and Europe. While studying to become a pharmacy employee, he was discovered in a boxing club in Paris. After some auditions, he starred in Le petit voleur (1999), and many other films such as Snowboarder (...

37. 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...

38. 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 ...

39. 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).

40. 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 ...

41. Guillaume Gallienne

Actor | Les garçons et Guillaume, à table!

Guillaume Gallienne was born on February 8, 1972 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France. He is an actor and writer, 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.



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