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Lambert Wilson

Highest Rated:   97% Ernest & Célestine (2014)
Lowest Rated:   6% Babylon A.D. (2008)
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Birthplace:   Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
A prolific French leading man who received his first dose of widespread stateside exposure thanks to his turn as the villainous Merovingian in the final two installments of the Matrix franchise, lanky but handsome actor Lambert Wilson may have previously been noticed by eagle-eyed fans of international film in such art-house efforts as The Belly of an Architect (1987) and Jefferson in Paris (1995). The son of noted French actor Georges Wilson, Lambert was born in Neuilly-sue-Seine, France, in August of 1958. Soon after his graduation from London's prolific Drama Centre in 1977, Wilson took on his first leading role in director Fred Zinnemann's 1982 drama Five Days One Summer. He had previously appeared in numerous French television dramas and a handful of feature films, so his notable onscreen talent was already visible to many, and the burgeoning actor held his own opposite screen heavy Sean Connery. As the decade progressed, Lambert appeared in films by such notable directors as Claude Chabrol (Le Sang des Autres), Andrzej Wajda (Les Possédés), and Carlos Saura (El Dorado) -- all to notable effect. Throughout the 1990s, Wilson became increasingly comfortable with leading-man status thanks to a strong series of featured performances in numerous French productions. Despite the fact that Wilson might not have been easily recognizable to American audiences, his small roles in numerous art-house hits continued to hint at the possibility of future international stardom. It was during this period that Wilson was also becoming increasingly prominent on-stage due to memorable and high-profile performances alongside such heavies as Maggie Smith (La Machine Infernale), Judi Dench (A Little Night Music), and his father (Eurydice). In 1994 Lambert directed himself in a production of Musset's Les Caprices de Marianne, which went on to tour throughout France after a successful run in Paris. After Wilson's international breakthrough in 2003's The Matrix Reloaded, audiences worldwide could rest assured that they would be seeing plenty more of the talented actor in the very near future -- and that's not even taking into account the continuation of his Merovingian role in The Matrix Revolutions. Even as Lambert was on the verge of international stardom with the announcement of his involvement with such high-profile U.S. releases as Richard Donner's Timeline and the big-budget superhero film Catwoman (directed by stylish French director Pitof), he still remained true to his roots by simultaneously appearing in such undeniably French productions as Alain Resnais' Pas sur la Bouche (2003) and Nadine Trintignant's small-screen drama Colette. In addition to his acting career, Wilson has narrated classical works under the direction of some of the world's most notable conductors, and has released a pair of albums featuring both classic songs from American musicals and the golden age of French cinema.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Like Mother, Like Daughter (Telle mère, telle fille)
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet March of the Penguins 2: The Call (L'empereur)
  • Actor
2017
80% Rabid Dogs (Enragés)
  • Le père
2016
No Score Yet One Man and His Cow (La Vache)
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Odyssey (L'odyssée)
  • Actor
2016
75% Suite Française
  • Actor
$1.4M 2015
No Score Yet Sins Of A Father
  • Actor
2015
76% Bicycling with Moliere
  • Gauthier Valence
$37.9k 2014
97% Ernest & Célestine
  • Ernest
$71.9k 2014
No Score Yet Vinodentro
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre (Winter of '54: Father Pierre)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Barbecue
  • Antoine Chevalier
2014
No Score Yet Posthumous
  • Daniel S. Volpe
2014
84% You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!
  • Orphée 2
$10k 2013
No Score Yet À l'aveugle
  • Lassalle
2012
No Score Yet Sur la piste du Marsupilami (HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami)
  • General Pochero
2012
84% La princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier)
  • Comte de Chabannes
$0.4M 2011
92% Of Gods and Men
  • Christian
$3.2M 2011
No Score Yet Labyrinth (Dedales)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet L'immigration: Aux frontières du droit
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Imogène McCarthery
  • Samuel Tyler
2010
No Score Yet Victor
  • Actor
2009
60% The Lazarus Project
  • Avery
2008
No Score Yet Comme les autres (Baby Love)
  • Le docteur Emmanuel François Xavier Bernier dit Manu
2008
6% Babylon A.D.
  • Dr. Arthur Darquandier
$22.5M 2008
No Score Yet Le Grand Alibi
  • Pierre Collier
2008
55% Flawless
  • Finch
$1.2M 2008
33% Dante 01
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Tous a l'Ouest: une aventure de Lucky Luke
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Frankenstein
  • Clerval
2007
79% Coeurs
  • Dan
2007
No Score Yet Palais royal!
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Good Girl (Gentille)
  • Actor
2005
39% Sahara
  • Yves Massarde
$68.7M 2005
No Score Yet L'anniversaire
  • Actor
2005
43% It's Easier for a Camel...
  • Aurelio
2004
9% Catwoman
  • George Hedare
$40.2M 2004
No Score Yet People
  • Actor
2004
75% Not on the Lips
  • Actor
2004
11% Timeline
  • Arnaut de Cervole
$19.4M 2003
36% The Matrix Revolutions
  • Merovingian
$139.1M 2003
37% Le Divorce
  • Actor
$9M 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded
  • Merovingian
$281.6M 2003
No Score Yet Holy Child
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet HS - hors service
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Holy Child
  • Marc
2001
No Score Yet Jet Set
  • Arthus De Poulignac
2000
42% The Last September
  • Hugo
2000
No Score Yet Don Quixote
  • Duke
2000
No Score Yet Combat d'amour en songe (Love Torn in Dream)
  • Sebatol
2000
67% Same Old Song
  • Marc Duveyrier
1999
63% The Leading Man
  • Felix Webb
1998
No Score Yet Marquise
  • Racine
1997
33% Jefferson in Paris
  • Marquis de Lafayette
1995
20% Frankenstein
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Warszawa
  • Alek
1992
No Score Yet L'Instinct de l'Ange
  • Henry
1992
No Score Yet Shuttlecock
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Strangers
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet El Dorado
  • Pedro de Ursua
1988
No Score Yet Chouans!
  • Tarquin
1988
No Score Yet Possessed
  • Nikolas Stavrogin
1988
91% The Belly of an Architect
  • Caspasian Speckler
1987
No Score Yet Rendez-Vous
  • Quentin
1987
No Score Yet Corps Et Biens
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Rouge baiser (Red Kiss)
  • Stephane
1985
No Score Yet Sahara
  • Jaffar
1984
No Score Yet Femme publique, La
  • Milan Mliska
1984
No Score Yet The Blood of Others
  • Paul Perrier
1984
17% Five Days One Summer
  • Johann
1983
No Score Yet La boum 2
  • Félix Maréchal
1982
No Score Yet Chanel Solitaire
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Climate Change Is Coming to Town: The Disappearing of Tuvalu
  • Actor
No Score Yet Tara, Journey to the Heart of the Climate Machine
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Charles, King of France
  • 2013

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