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Simon Abkarian



Born into a family of Armenian descent and raised in Lebanon, actor Simon Abkarian honed his dramatic skills in two vastly different locales: Los Angeles, CA -- where he studied with an Armenian theatrical ensemble -- and Paris, France, where he joined Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil (in 1985). Abkarian essayed a broad panorama of film roles during the mid- to late '90s, including parts in Time Has Come (1994), When the Cat's Away... (1996), and Lila Lili (1998), but he only broke through to full-fledged international acclaim by virtue of his richly praised stage work in Richard Kalinoski's play Une Bête sur la Lune (2001). Many of Abkarian's acting assignments during the 2000s were character roles that cast him as slightly shady, nefarious types, with underworld inclinations and careers -- such as his portrayal of a sociopathic criminal in Denis Thybaud's 2005 In Your Dreams, and his evocation of Sahak the mobster in Frederic Balekdjian's The Gamblers. In 2007, Abkarian achieved much international crossover success by voicing Ebi in the French version of the offbeat animated feature Persepolis.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
58% The Cut
  • Krikor
2015
78% Zarafa
  • Hassan
2015
40% 1915
  • Actor
2015
100% GETT: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
  • Elisha
2015
No Score Yet Pseudonym
  • Actor
2014
92% Zero Dark Thirty
  • Detainee on Monitor
2013
No Score Yet Les Beaux Mecs
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Lila Lili
  • Actor
2011
90% Army of Crime (L'Armée du Crime)
  • Missak Manouchian
2010
No Score Yet Petites révélations
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Tete De Turc
  • Actor
2010
17% Rage
  • Merlin
2009
No Score Yet To Take a Wife
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Secret défense (Secrets of State)
  • Al Barad
2008
94% Le Chant des Mariées (The Wedding Song)
  • Raoul
2008
No Score Yet Musée Haut, Musée Bas
  • Gilles Paulin
2008
No Score Yet 7 Days (Shiva)
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Shiva (7 Days)
  • Eliyahu
2008
No Score Yet Khamsa
  • Le père
2008
96% Persepolis
  • Marjane's Father Ebi
2007
47% Rendition
  • Said Abdel Aziz
2007
No Score Yet Trivial (La Disparue de Deauville)
  • Pierre
2007
85% Le Serpent (The Snake)
  • Actor
2006
95% Casino Royale
  • Alex Dimitrios
2006
No Score Yet Armenia, (Journey to Armenia), (Le Voyage en Armenie)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Zaïna, Rider of the Atlas
  • Omar
2005
52% Yes
  • He
2005
No Score Yet Gamblers (Les Mauvais joueurs)
  • Sahak
2005
No Score Yet I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed
  • Actor
2005
73% Almost Peaceful
  • Albert
2004
No Score Yet To Take a Wife (Ve'Lakhta Lehe Isha)
  • Eliyahu
2003
55% Ararat
  • Arshile Gorky
2002
33% The Truth About Charlie
  • Lieutenant Dessalines
2002
No Score Yet Ni Pour, Ni Contre: Bien au Contraire (Not for or Against)
  • Lecarpe
2002
88% When the Cat's Away
  • Carlos
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • Dariush Bakhshi

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