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      Niels Arestrup

      Niels Arestrup

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

      Lowest Rated: 35% By the Sea (2015)

      Birthday: Feb 8, 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."

      Highest rated movies

      Meeting Venus poster
      Meeting Venus
      I, You, She, He poster
      I, You, She, He
      A Prophet poster
      A Prophet
      See You up There poster
      See You up There
      Diplomacy poster
      The Diving Bell and the Butterfly poster
      The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
      Our Children poster
      Our Children
      You Will Be My Son poster
      You Will Be My Son




      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case Luc Germon (Character) - 2019
      79% 65% At Eternity's Gate Madman (Character) $2.3M 2018
      94% 83% See You up There Marcel Péricourt (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Montauk Walter (Character) - 2017
      46% 43% Return to Montauk Unknown (Character) - 2017
      35% 28% By the Sea Michel (Character) $531.0K 2015
      94% 80% Diplomacy Général von Choltitz (Character) $230.9K 2014
      No Score Yet 13% 96 heures Victor Kancel (Character) - 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% 55% The French Minister Claude Maupas (Character) $3.8K 2013
      93% 69% Our Children André Pinget (Character) $5.5K 2012
      89% 69% You Will Be My Son Paul (Character) $221.2K 2011
      75% 74% War Horse Grandfather (Character) $79.9M 2011
      No Score Yet 64% Small World Thomas Senn (Character) - 2010
      72% 83% Sarah's Key Jules Dufaure (Character) $7.7M 2010
      86% 63% The Big Picture Bartholomé (Character) $158.4K 2010
      86% 76% Farewell Vallier (Character) - 2009
      96% 89% A Prophet César Luciani (Character) $2.1M 2009
      94% 92% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Roussin (Character) $6.0M 2007
      No Score Yet 33% The Candidate Unknown (Character),
      - 2007
      86% 84% The Beat That My Heart Skipped Robert (Character) $1.0M 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
      100% 76% 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 La danse de mort Kurt (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Henri Lanot (Character) - 1976
      100% 67% I, You, She, He Truck Driver (Character) - 1974


      No Score Yet 91% Black Butterflies Albert (Character) 2022