Benoît Poelvoorde

Benoît Poelvoorde

Highest Rated: 100% The Carriers Are Waiting (1999)

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

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




69% No Score Yet Inexorable Marcel Bellmer (Character) - 2021
80% 45% 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
76% 77% Sink or Swim Marcus (Character) - 2018
88% 82% Keep an Eye Out Le commissaire Buron (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 100% 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% 68% The Brand New Testament God (Character) $89.2K 2015
80% 43% Three Hearts Marc (Character) $182.7K 2014
86% 25% The Price of Fame Eddy Ricaart (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 12% Tied Le banquier (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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 42% 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 50% Laughter and Punishment Le prof de secourisme (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Weight Francis Reggio (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 58% Doors of Glory Régis Demanet (Character),
- 2001
No Score Yet 50% Ghislain Lambert's Bicycle Ghislain Lambert (Character),
- 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),
- 1992