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      Benoît Poelvoorde

      Benoît Poelvoorde

      Highest Rated: 100% Smoking Causes Coughing (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 35% White as Snow (2019)

      Birthday: Sep 22, 1964

      Birthplace: Namur, Belgium

      Belgian multi-hyphenate Benoit Poelvoorde's attention-grabbing debut as a hotwired serial killer in the cult favorite "Man Bites Dog" (1992) led to a long career in Europe as a leading man in both comedies and dramas like "Coco Before Chanel" (2009). Born September 22, 1964 in the Belgian city of Namur, Poelvoorde intended to become a draftsman, but his friendship with two school friends - Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel - changed the direction of his life and career. The trio first joined forces for a student short film, "Pas de C4 pour Daniel Daniel," a faux trailer for a spy film, before tackling their first feature film, the savage black comedy "C'est arrivé près de chez vous" ("It Happened in Your Neighborhood"/"Man Bites Dog," 1992). Produced on a shoestring budget and directed, written and starring all three collaborators, "Man Bites Dog" depicted the horrible crimes of a darkly charismatic serial killer (Poelvoorde), whose bloodlust soon overtakes the camera crew that is documenting his deeds. Equally lauded and pilloried for its extreme violence and misanthropic tone, the picture made Poelvoorde a star in his native Belgium and among cult film audiences. He soon became a favorite in France thanks to comic turns in features like "Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert" ("Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle," 2001), which helped in part to earn him the 2002 Jean Gabin Prize for most promising new actors. In 2005, Poelvoorde made his dramatic debut as a seducer who may also be a serial killer in "Entre ses mains" ("In His Hands"), which earned him a Cesar nomination. He then divided his time between broad comedies like the popular "Asterix at the Olympic Games" (2008) and more subtle fare like Anne Fontaine's Oscar-nominated "Coco Before Chanel" (2009), as French aristocrat Etienne Baslan, who provided fashion designer Coco Chanel (played by Audrey Tautou) with her entry into high society. Poelvoorde would continue to enjoy popularity in a slew of box office and critical favorites. These ranged from the comedies "Les émotifs anonymes" ("Romantics Anonymous" (2010) and Dany Boon's box office hit "Nothing to Declare" (2010) to the dramas "Le grand soir" (2012), which won the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. He also starred in the romance "3 Hearts" (2014), with his own off-screen romantic interest, actress Chiara Mastroianni.

      Highest rated movies

      Smoking Causes Coughing poster
      Smoking Causes Coughing
      The Carriers Are Waiting poster
      The Carriers Are Waiting
      Adoration poster
      Adoration
      Keep an Eye Out poster Keep an Eye Out The Price of Fame poster
      The Price of Fame
      Romantics Anonymous poster
      Romantics Anonymous
      How I Became a Super Hero poster
      How I Became a Super Hero
      The Brand New Testament poster The Brand New Testament

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet Smoking Causes Coughing Unknown (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colors of Fire Gustave Joubert (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adieu Paris Benoît (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Do You Do You Saint-Tropez Baron Claude Tranchant (Character) - 2021
      73% No Score Yet Inexorable Marcel Bellmer (Character) - 2021
      83% 48% How I Became a Super Hero Unknown (Character) - 2020
      93% No Score Yet Adoration Unknown (Character) - 2020
      35% No Score Yet White as Snow Charles (Character) $7.6K 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Venice Calling Bernard (Character) - 2019
      76% 72% Sink or Swim Marcus (Character) - 2018
      88% 76% Keep an Eye Out Le commissaire Buron (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father and Sons Joseph Zuccarelli (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Indian Tale Pierre (Character) - 2017
      80% 40% Saint-Amour Bruno (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to School Panic! Steven (Voice) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jews Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 12% Family to Rent Paul-André Delalande (Character) - 2015
      82% 69% The Brand New Testament God (Character) $89.2K 2015
      80% 43% Three Hearts Marc (Character) $182.7K 2014
      86% 29% The Price of Fame Eddy Ricaart (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 12% Tied Le banquier (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 29% Scouting for Zebras José Stockman (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 45% The Big Bad Wolf Philippe Delcroix (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 45% A Place on Earth Antoine (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twice Upon a Time Jean Esnart (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le grand soir Benoît Bonzini (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 50% Quand je serai petit Unknown (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 43% Nothing to Declare Ruben Vandevoorde (Character) - 2011
      67% 28% My Worst Nightmare Patrick Demeuleu (Character) $21.5K 2011
      No Score Yet 45% Kill Me Please M. Demanet (Character) - 2010
      63% 42% Mammuth Le récupérateur de métal (Character) - 2010
      86% 73% Romantics Anonymous Jean-René Van Den Hugde (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 52% Dumas Auguste Maquet (Character) - 2010
      64% 57% Coco Before Chanel Étienne Balsan (Character) $6.1M 2009
      No Score Yet 18% Asterix at the Olympic Games Brutus (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les randonneurs à Saint-tropez Unknown (Character) - 2008
      81% 56% Louise-Michel Guy l'ingénieur (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 15% La Guerre des Miss Franck Chevrel (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 29% Les deux mondes Rémy Bassano (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Says Joss (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 52% In His Hands Laurent (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 17% Akoibon Jean-Mi (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 82% Aaltra L'amateur de moto-cross (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 54% Podium Bernard Frédéric (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 63% Narco Lenny Bar (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 42% Atomik Circus Allan Chiasse (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 49% Laughter and Punishment Le prof de secourisme (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 42% Dead Weight Francis Reggio (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 58% Doors of Glory Régis Demanet (Character),
      Writer
      - 2001
      No Score Yet 50% Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle Ghislain Lambert (Character),
      Writer
      - 2001
      100% 82% The Carriers Are Waiting Roger (father) (Character) $5.5K 1999
      No Score Yet 43% Hikers Eric (Character) - 1997
      74% 90% Man Bites Dog Ben (Character),
      Writer,
      Producer
      - 1992

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Represent Éric Andréï (Character) 2023