Niels Arestrup

Niels Arestrup

Highest Rated: 100% I, You, She, He (1974)

Lowest Rated: 34% By the Sea (2015)

Birthday: Feb 08, 1949

Birthplace: Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Since the 1960s, French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup has played shady and corrupt characters in everything from theatrical stage productions to feature films. After graduating from high school, Arestrup trained at the prestigious drama academy founded by Russian actress Tania Balachova. He began acting in the theater, and by the early 1970s had transitioned to film and TV with a steady stream of supporting roles in films like "Stavisky...," about a charismatic con man who almost touches off a civil war in 1930s France; and the political comedy thriller "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." By the end of the '80s, he had moved on from background supporting roles to more substantial parts: he was cast as an antagonistic mercenary in the "Dirty Dozen"-inspired action adventure film "Les loups entre eux," and played a fascist-sympathizing police commander in the political thriller "La Rumba." After spending several years appearing in made-for-TV movies and low-profile thrillers, Arestrup reignited his career in 2005 with a searing performance in Jacques Audiard's BAFTA-winning crime film "The Beat that My Heart Skipped." Arestrup brought a weary toughness to his role as Robert Seyr, a career criminal and deadbeat landlord who forces his son to serve as his enforcer. He later portrayed a viciously cunning Corsican crime boss in Audiard's critically-acclaimed prison drama "A Prophet," and has also appeared as a former hostage victim in the 2007 biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and as a kindly grandfather in Steven Spielberg's World War I epic "War Horse."

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case Unknown (Character) - 2019
79% 64% At Eternity's Gate Madman (Character) $2.3M 2018
46% 50% Return to Montauk Unknown (Character) - 2017
94% 82% See You up There Marcel Péricourt (Character) - 2017
34% 28% By the Sea Michel (Character) $531K 2015
94% 81% Diplomacy Général von Choltitz (Character) $230.9K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet So Long, Africa Jacques (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dune Reuven (Character) - 2013
62% 54% The French Minister Claude Maupas (Character) $3.8K 2013
93% 69% Our Children André Pinget (Character) $5.5K 2012
74% 74% War Horse Grandfather (Character) $79.9M 2011
89% 69% You Will Be My Son Paul (Character) $221.2K 2011
No Score Yet 62% Small World Thomas Senn (Character) - 2010
72% 82% Sarah's Key Jules Dufaure (Character) $7.7M 2010
86% 63% The Big Picture Bartholomé (Character) $158.4K 2010
97% 89% A Prophet César Luciani (Character) $2.1M 2009
86% 76% Farewell Vallier (Character) - 2009
94% 92% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Roussin (Character) $6M 2007
No Score Yet 33% The Candidate Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2007
86% 84% The Beat That My Heart Skipped Robert (Character) $1M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lulu Kreutz's Picnic Jascha Steg (Character) $4.8K 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Secret Unknown (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacrifice for Love Oskar de Wilno (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Danse de Mort Kurt (Character) - 1991
100% 75% Meeting Venus Zoltan Szanto (Character) $940.1K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sincerely Charlotte Mathieu (Character) $372.6K 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Henri Lanot (Character) - 1976
100% 67% I, You, She, He Truck Driver (Character) - 1974

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Captain Marleau Director 2017

QUOTES FROM Niels Arestrup CHARACTERS

Grandfather says: Maybe there are different ways to be brave. Did you know the French have the best carrier pigeons? And this could be the difference in the war - our messages getting through.

Emilie says: I don't want to hear about the birds.

Grandfather says: They are released at the front and told to go home - this is all they know. But to get there they must fly over war. Can you imagine such a thing? Here you are flying over so much pain and terror - and you know you can never look down. You have to look forward or you'll never get home. I ask you - what could be braver than that?

Grandfather says: Maybe there are different ways to be brave. Did you know the French have the best carrier pigeons? And this could be the difference in the war. Our messages getting through. There are released from the front and told to go home. This is all they know. But to get there they must fly over a war. It's like... you are flying over so much pain and terror... and you know you can never look down. You have to look forward, or you'll never get home. I ask you, what could be braver than that?

Roussin says: Hold fast to the human inside of you, and you'll survive.

Grandfather says: "Emile. Her name was Emile."

Grandfather says: Emilie. Her name was Emilie.

Grandfather says: Can you imagine flying over a war and you know you can never look down? You have to look forward, or you'll never get home. What could be braver than that?