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Tcheky Karyo



Memorable to fans of international cinema as the spy recruiter who schooled Nikita in the fine art of assassination, international actor Tchéky Karyo has been racking up memorable screen credits for over 20 years. Whether a fan of mainstream American action movies or obscure foreign arthouse fare, many viewers have likely seen the versatile Karyo and likely remember the characters he portrayed.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1953 and raised in Paris, Karyo studied drama at the Cyrano Theater before moving on to essay numerous classical stage roles at the Daniel Sorano Company. Upon joining the National Theater of Strasbourg, Karyo refined his versatility by alternating between contemporary fare and such classical Shakespearian works as Macbeth and Othello. Soon becoming one of France's most popular actors, Karyo, with over 50 film and television credits to his name, found that his popularity wasn't limited by international borders through roles in such films as The Return of Martin Guerre (1982), The Bear (1988), and director Luc Besson's influential La Femme Nikita (1990). Fans of historical film may recognize Karyo from his roles as Vincent Van Gogh (Vincent and Me) and famed prophet Nostradamus (Nostradamus) in addition to roles in such historical films as 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and The Patriot (2000).



Becoming a familiar face to American filmgoers in the 1990s, Karyo could play everything from low-key and comically philosophical (Addicted to Love [1997]) to an over-the-top bad guy (Bad Boys [1995]) to a Russian defense minister (GoldenEye [1995]) with equal conviction no matter how large, small, or varied the role might be. After an audacious turn as a loose-hinged policeman in the hyperkinetically tasteless Dobermann (1997), Karyo appeared frequently in such English-language films as Wing Commander (1999), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999, re-teaming the actor with Nikita helmer Besson), Saving Grace (2000), and Kiss of the Dragon (2001). In addition to his nomination for a César for his role in La Balance (1982), Karyo was the recipient of the Jean Gabin Prize in recognition of his talent in 1986.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
60% Belle & Sebastian: The Adventure Continues
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet De Guerre Lasse
  • Actor
2014
90% Belle & Sebastian
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet L'étoile du jour
  • Heroy
2013
No Score Yet L'unique
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Jappeloup
  • Actor
2013
15% Special Forces
  • l'Amiral Guezennec
2012
No Score Yet Des Morceaux De Moi
  • Actor
2012
82% The Way
  • Captain Henri
2011
0% Requiem for a Killer (Requiem pour une Tueuse)
  • The Armenian
2011
No Score Yet L'affût (On Guard)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Les Lyonnais (A Gang Story)
  • Serge Suttel
2011
No Score Yet Coup D'eclat
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Änglavakt (Among Us)
  • Walter
2010
No Score Yet Man and His Dog (Un homme et son chien)
  • Guitar Player in Park
2008
No Score Yet Les Dents de la nuit (Vampire Party)
  • Le Duc de Journiac
2008
30% A Previous Engagement
  • Alex Belmont
2008
No Score Yet The Lark Farm
  • Aram Avakian
2007
No Score Yet Jacquou le croquant
  • Actor
2007
100% The Gravedancers
  • Vincent
2006
No Score Yet To Have and to Hold
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet D'Artagnan et les trois mousquetaires (D'Artagnan and The Three Musketeers)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The 4 Musketeers
  • Richelieu
2005
78% A Very Long Engagement
  • Captain Favourier
2004
22% Taking Lives
  • Leclair
2004
29% Renegade
  • Uncle
2004
No Score Yet Local Call (Ne Quittez Pas!)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Old Goriot (Le père Goriot)
  • Actor
2004
78% The Good Thief
  • Roger
2003
41% The Core
  • Serge
2003
No Score Yet Utopía
  • Actor
2003
51% Kiss of the Dragon
  • Insp. Richard
2001
No Score Yet Le roi danse (The King Is Dancing)
  • Moliere
2000
63% Saving Grace
  • Jacques
2000
61% The Patriot
  • Jean Villeneuve
2000
No Score Yet Arabian Nights
  • Actor
2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Dunois
1999
70% My Life So Far
  • Gabriel Chenoux
1999
No Score Yet Babel
  • Nemrod
1999
10% Wing Commander
  • Commander Taggart
1999
No Score Yet Like a Fish Out of Water
  • B.B.
1999
No Score Yet In and Out of Fashion
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Dobermann
  • Christini
1997
57% Addicted to Love
  • Anton Depeaux
1997
No Score Yet Habitat
  • Hank Symes
1997
No Score Yet Tykho Moon
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet To Have and to Hold
  • Jack
1996
No Score Yet Foreign Land (Terra Estrangeira)
  • Kraft
1996
20% Of Love and Shadows
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Và Dove Ti Porta Il Cuore
  • Ernesto
1996
78% GoldenEye
  • Dimitri Mishkin
1995
31% Operation Dumbo Drop
  • Goddard
1995
43% Bad Boys
  • Fouchet
1995
No Score Yet Crying Freeman
  • Detective Nitta
1995
No Score Yet Colpo Di Luna
  • Lorenzo
1995
No Score Yet L'ange noir (The Black Angel)
  • Paul Delorme
1994
No Score Yet La Cité de la Peur
  • Actor
1994
100% And the Band Played On
  • Dr. Willy Rozenbaum
1993
43% Nostradamus
  • Nostradamus
1993
39% 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • Pinzon
1992
No Score Yet Sketch Artist
  • Paul Korbel
1992
No Score Yet L'atlantide
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Husbands And Lovers (la Villa Del Venerdì)
  • Paolo
1991
No Score Yet Exposure
  • Hermes
1991
88% La Femme Nikita (Nikita)
  • Bob
1990
No Score Yet Vincent and Me (Vincent et moi)
  • Vincent Van Gogh
1990
92% The Bear
  • Tom
1989
No Score Yet Le moine et la sorcière (Sorceress)
  • Etienne de Bourbon
1988
No Score Yet L'amour braque
  • Mickey
1985
100% Les Nuits de la pleine lune (Full Moon in Paris)
  • Remi
1984
100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre)
  • Augustin
1983
No Score Yet La Balance
  • Petrovic
1982
No Score Yet All Night Long
  • Actor
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
97% The Missing
2014-2015
  • Julien Baptiste

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