François Cluzet

Highest Rated: 100% L'Enfer (1994)
Birthday: Sep 21, 1955
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Little White Lies 2 (Nous finirons ensemble) Max 2019
63% Normandie nue Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Red Collar (Le collier rouge) Lantier du Grez 2018
40% School of Life (L'école buissonnière) Totoche 2017
52% Scribe (La mécanique de l'ombre) Duval 2017
91% Irreplaceable (Médecin de campagne) Actor Screenwriter 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
41% Little White Lies Max $0.2M 2012
75% 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
87% 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
66% 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
69% The Swindle Maurice 1997
65% The Horseman on the Roof Doctor 1996
No Score Yet Les Apprentis Antoine 1995
50% French Kiss Bob 1995
24% 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
86% 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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No Score Yet Série noire
1984-1988

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