Melvil Poupaud

Melvil Poupaud

Highest Rated: 98% A Summer's Tale (2014)

Lowest Rated: 32% The Lover (L'amant) (1992)

Birthday: Jan 26, 1973

Birthplace: Not Available

Observant American moviegoers may recognize the très beau French actor Melvil Poupaud from his role in James Ivory's 2003 romantic comedy Le Divorce -- in which he played the arrogant two-timer Charles-Henri de Persand, who divorced a gorgeous, pregnant American wife (Naomi Watts) whom any man would be a fool to leave. Actually, Poupaud had already sustained a decades-long career in the French film industry before joining the cast of that movie. Christened after Herman Melville by his screenwriter mother, Poupaud launched off into acting in primary school, with a role in La Ville des Pirates (1983), directed by the esteemed Raul Ruiz -- not a bad start for a ten-year-old. Sporting dual passions -- one for music, another for movies -- Poupaud cut his chops as a musician on the drums, then formed the Euro rock band Mud with his brother Yarol Poupaud, while continuing to land movie roles on the side. Poupaud worked under the aegis of A-list French directors such as Jacques Doillon and Eric Rohmer -- typically pure romances or romantic comedies, often typecast as a snotty, slightly conceited jerk. Early parts included the younger brother in Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover (1991), the lead role of Gaspard in Rohmer's A Summer's Tale (1996), and several more collaborations with Ruiz, such as that director's 1994 Fado, Major and Minor. Le Divorce represented Poupaud's first international role -- an attempt to rise above his largely continental appeal and renown. Poupaud subsequently received top billing in François Ozon's 2005 Time to Leave, as a high-profile, gay fashion photographer struggling with inoperable brain cancer. Among other things, the film demonstrated that Poupaud could hold his own alongside Jeanne Moreau. The actor followed this up with a respectable contribution as the romantic lead in Zoe Cassavetes' drama Broken English (2007), opposite American indie darling Parker Posey. The next year, he had a small role as Johnny "Goodboy" Jones in the Wachowski Brothers' elaborate, CGI-infused live-action production of Speed Racer.

Highest Rated Movies



96% By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu) Alexandre Guérin 2019
No Score Yet I guds namn Actor 2019
74% An Officer and a Spy (J'accuse) Actor 2019
40% Golden Youth (Une jeunesse dorée) Actor 2019
No Score Yet When Margaux Meets Margaux (La belle et la belle) Marc 2018
No Score Yet The Great Game (Le grand jeu) Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Lady in the Portrait (Le Portrait interdit) Actor 2016
35% By The Sea François $0.4M 2015
82% Fidelio, Alice's Journey Gaël $3.5K 2015
98% A Summer's Tale Gaspard $0.2M 2014
84% Laurence Anyways Laurence Alia 2013
No Score Yet Lines of Wellington Actor 2013
No Score Yet Fado majeur et mineur Actor 2012
85% Mysteries of Lisbon Ernesto Lacroze $0.2M 2011
No Score Yet Ballet Aquatique Actor 2011
86% Le refuge (Hideaway (Le refuge)) Louis $24.1K 2010
No Score Yet La lisière Actor 2010
No Score Yet Black Heaven (L'Autre Monde) Vincent 2010
41% 44 Inch Chest Loverboy 2010
No Score Yet Lucky Luke Jesse James 2009
86% Un Conte de Noël (A Christmas Tale) Ivan 2008
No Score Yet Le Crime est Notre Affaire Frédéric Charpentier 2008
No Score Yet L'Heure zéro, (Towards Zero) Guillaume 2008
40% Speed Racer Johnny "Goodboy" Jones $44M 2008
49% The Broken Stephan Moreau 2008
No Score Yet Heure Zero Actor 2008
No Score Yet Un Homme Perdu (A Lost Man) Thomas 2007
64% Broken English Julian $0.9M 2007
75% Time to Leave Romain 2006
No Score Yet Eros Therapy (Je Suis Votre Homme) Actor 2004
36% Le Divorce Charles-Henri de Persand $9M 2003
No Score Yet Les Sentiments Francois 2003
No Score Yet The Dark Room (La Chambre obscure) Actor 2000
No Score Yet Combat d'amour en songe (Love Torn in Dream) Paul 2000
70% Time Regained Prince de Foix 1999
67% Genealogies of a Crime (Généalogies d'un crime) Rene 1998
43% Diary of a Seducer (Le journal du séducteur) Actor 1997
No Score Yet La Vie de Marianne Actor 1997
No Score Yet Le Ciel Est a Nous (Shooting Stars) Lenny 1997
70% Three Lives and Only One Death Martin 1996
No Score Yet Souvenir Actor 1996
No Score Yet Elisa Pharmacist's Son 1995
No Score Yet Innocent Lies Louis Bernard 1995
No Score Yet Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel (There's Nothing Special About Normal People) German 1994
32% The Lover (L'amant) Younger Brother 1992
No Score Yet The 15 Year Old Girl (La Fille de quinze ans) Thomas 1989
No Score Yet L'éveillé du pont de l'Alma (The Insomniac on the Bridge) Michel 1985
No Score Yet L'Ile Au Trésor Jonathan 1985
No Score Yet La ville des pirates (City of Pirates) Malo 1984


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