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François Cluzet

Highest Rated:   100% L'Enfer (1994)
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Birthplace:   Paris, France
One of the most prolific French actors of the 1980s and '90s, François Cluzet possesses an enviable versatility that makes him equally adept at both high comedy and straight drama. Cluzet, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Dustin Hoffman, began his screen career acting in the films of Diane Kurys. He became established over the years as one of his country's most dependable actors, as likely to play a bumbling petty criminal as a member of the May 1968 generation struggling with bourgeois ennui and moral dilemma.Born in Paris on September 21, 1955, Cluzet was first inspired to become an actor as a child, when his father would take him and his brother on weekly outings to the theatre and music hall. He quit school at the age of 17 to study drama with Jean Périmony. In 1976, he made his theatrical debut and spent the next few years working steadily on the stage. Cluzet began his film career in 1980 with a role in Diane Kurys' Cocktail Molotov, a drama set during the May 1968 protests which cast him as the best friend of one of the film's protagonists. That same year, he had a supporting part in Le Cheval d'Orgueil, the first of many films he would make with Claude Chabrol, and also broke into television. The latter medium would be one that Cluzet would return to constantly even as his film career took flight.1983 proved to be a breakthrough year for the actor, who earned two César nominations, one for his work in L'Été Meurtrier, a drama that cast him as the brother of a man in love with an unstable woman (Isabelle Adjani), and the other for his leading portrayal of a young Parisian reflecting on his Communist/anarchic upbringing in Vive la sociale! That same year, Cluzet again collaborated with Kurys in Coup de Foudre, a WWII marriage drama starring Isabelle Huppert and Miou-Miou as dissatisfied wives.In 1986, Cluzet starred in one of the most celebrated films of his career, 'Round Midnight. Bertrand Tavernier's story of a self-destructive American jazz musician (Dexter Gordon) who is befriended by a young Frenchman (Cluzet), it allowed the actor to carry a film (in tandem with the excellent Gordon) rather than merely support it. Cluzet subsequently stuck with dramas, doing strong work as ineffectual husbands in both Claire Denis's Chocolat and Claude Chabrol's Une Affaire de Femmes (both 1988), the latter of which saw him re-team with Coup de Foudre co-star Huppert. Indeed, during the early 1990s, much of the actor's energies seemed to be directed toward playing troubled husbands, as demonstrated by additional turns in Agneiszka Holland's Olivier, Olivier (1992) and Claude Chabrol's L'Enfer (1994).Cluzet has also been repeatedly cast as struggling authors in a number of films, his slightly tortured intellectual looks lending themselves well to such a profession. He did particularly notable work in this capacity in Les Apprentis (1995), in which he and Guillaume Depardieu co-starred as two losers struggling to pay the rent in Paris; Olivier Assayas' Fin août, début septembre (1998), an ensemble drama in which he played a terminally ill writer; and Dolce Far Niente (2000), which cast him as a young author dallying around the Italian countryside.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
47% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre)
  • Duval
2017
91% Irreplaceable (Médecin de campagne)
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet One Wild Moment
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Une rencontre (Quantum Love)
  • Pierre
2014
No Score Yet En solitaire (Turning Tide)
  • Yann
2013
No Score Yet 11.6
  • Actor
2013
42% Little White Lies
  • Max
$0.2M 2012
74% The Intouchables
  • Philippe
$13.2M 2012
No Score Yet Le domaine perdu (The Lost Domain)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Do Not Disturb
  • Jeff
2012
No Score Yet Vive la sociale!
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Mon Pere Est Femme De Menage
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet L'art D'aimer
  • Achille
2011
85% A Monster in Paris
  • Maynott
$1.1M 2011
No Score Yet In the Beginning (A l'origine)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Blanc comme neige (White Snow)
  • Maxime
2010
No Score Yet Le dernier pour la route
  • Hervé Chabalier
2009
67% Paris
  • Philippe Verneuil
$1.1M 2008
No Score Yet In the Beginning
  • Philippe Miller / Paul
2008
69% Rivals (Les Liens du sang)
  • Gabriel
2008
No Score Yet Détrompez-vous (Game of Four)
  • Lionel
2007
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One)
  • Alexandre Beck
$6.1M 2006
No Score Yet Quatre étoiles
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet 4 Stars
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet France Boutique
  • Olivier Mestral
2003
No Score Yet Janis et John (Janis and John)
  • Walter Kingkate
2003
No Score Yet Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose?
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet L'Adversaire
  • Luc
2002
82% Late August, Early September
  • Adrien
1999
No Score Yet Force majeure (Uncontrollable Circumstances)
  • Daniel
1998
65% The Swindle
  • Maurice
1997
65% The Horseman on the Roof
  • Doctor
1996
No Score Yet Les Apprentis
  • Antoine
1995
45% French Kiss
  • Bob
1995
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Jean-Pierre, Nina Scant's Assistant
1994
100% L'Enfer
  • Paul
1994
No Score Yet A Wind From Wyoming
  • Chester Celine
1994
83% Olivier Olivier
  • Dr. Serge Duval
1992
No Score Yet L'Instinct de l'Ange
  • Ernest Devrines
1992
80% Story of Women (Une Affaire de Femmes)
  • Paul
1989
No Score Yet Too Beautiful for You (Trop belle pour toi)
  • Pascal
1989
No Score Yet La révolution française
  • Camille Desmoulins
1989
70% Chocolat
  • Marc Dalens
$0.2M 1988
100% 'Round Midnight
  • Francis Borler
1986
No Score Yet The Horse of Pride(Le Cheval d'orgueil)
  • Pierre
1985
No Score Yet Elsa, Elsa
  • Ferdinand (adult)
1985
100% Entre Nous (Coup de Foudre)
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet L'Été meurtrier (One Deadly Summer)
  • Mickey
1983
No Score Yet Cocktail Molotov
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Around Midnight
  • Actor

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