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Vincent Cassel

Birthplace:   Paris, Frances
Alongside frequent collaborator Mathieu Kassovitz, Vincent Cassel emerged in the mid-1990s as one of France's most arresting and exciting new actors. Macho, hard-eyed, and appearing to be in constant preparation for a fight, Cassel embodied a kind of crude masculinity that recalled the likes of Jean-Paul Belmondo and served as a potent onscreen manifestation of the ever-tightening cultural tensions at work in late 20th century France. However, it is a testament to Cassel's talent that his onscreen persona has never verged into caricature, and thanks to his charisma and versatility, he has been able to work in films ranging from grim urban dramas to light romantic comedies.The son of celebrated actor Jean-Pierre Cassel, who made a career out of playing seductive bourgeois men, Cassel was born in Paris' Montmartre district on November 23, 1966. At the age of 17 he went to circus school and spent the next few years generally avoiding the acting scene, due in part to the fact that both his parents (his mother is a journalist) didn't want him to go into the movie business. Cassel was eventually sucked into films in 1991, when he landed a small role in Philippe de Broca's Les Clés du paradis. Two years later he enjoyed his first collaboration with Kassovitz in Metisse, an urban romantic comedy that cast Cassel as Kassovitz's older brother, a tough Jewish boxer.Cassel again stepped in front of the camera for Kassovitz in L'Haine (1995), in which he played a rough-hewn Jewish kid roaming the mean streets of Paris in the company of two friends and a gun. The film was a surprise international success, winning a Best Director Award for Kassovitz at Cannes and a number of French Césars. For his part, Cassel received Best Actor and Most Promising Young Actor César nominations for his portrayal of a young man undone both by his own flaws and those of society, something that raised his profile considerably in his native country and abroad. The actor began popping up in such English language productions as Merchant-Ivory's Jefferson in Paris (1995) and as the leading man in a number of French films, including L'Appartement (1996), a romantic comedy in which he starred alongside Romane Bohringer, Jean-Philippe Ecoffey, and Monica Bellucci. Cassel and Bellucci would continue to collaborate onscreen (in such films as Come Mi Vuoi, 1996) and off, marrying in the late 1990s.Cassel's CV grew rapidly as the century drew to a close, with the actor dividing his time between French films and such international productions as Elizabeth (1998), in which he played the mincing Duc d'Anjou, and Jez Butterworth's Birthday Girl (2000), a romantic drama that cast Cassel and Kassovitz as the cousins of an English bank clerk's (Ben Chaplin) Russian mail-order bride (Nicole Kidman). The following year Cassel recieved what was perhaps his biggest stateside exposure to date with the American release of the highly stylized kung-fu-horror-action-costume adventure flick Brotherhood of the Wolf. In 2002 he appeared opposite his wife yet again in the controversial Irreversible. Two years later he was the bad guy in Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Twelve. He starred in the thriller Derailed in 2005. In 2007 he teamed up with David Cronenberg for the well-reviewed crime thriller Eastern Promises, and he would go on to a huge critical success playing the demanding ballet troupe leader in Black Swan. In 2011 he would again work with Cronenberg in the historical drama A Dangerous Method.


Highest Rated Movies



39% Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
  • Gauguin
No Score Yet The Man Who Unlocked the Universe
  • Narrator
100% The World Is Yours (Le monde ou rien)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Default
  • Actor
No Score Yet Black Tide (Fleuve noir)
  • François Visconti
No Score Yet The Movie of My Life (O Filme da Minha Vida)
  • Nicolas Terranova
32% Beauty And The Beast (La belle et la bête)
  • Beast
72% My King (Mon roi)
  • Georgio
$54.4k 2016
54% Jason Bourne
  • Asset
$162.2M 2016
82% Tale of Tales (Il racconto dei racconti)
  • King of Strongcliff
8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo)
  • Actor
45% It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde)
  • Antoine
No Score Yet The The Great Mystical Circus
  • Actor
57% Partisan
  • Actor
25% Child 44
  • Major Kuzmin
$1.4M 2015
No Score Yet One Wild Moment
  • Actor
50% Our Day Will Come
  • Patrick
68% Trance
  • Franck
$4.9M 2013
63% Le moine (The Monk)
  • Capucin Ambrosio
$8.9k 2013
77% A Dangerous Method
  • Otto Gross
$5.8M 2011
85% Black Swan
  • Thomas Leroy/The Gentleman
$107M 2010
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
  • Jacques Mesrine
81% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)
  • Jacques Mesrine
$0.6M 2010
No Score Yet The Cross
  • Actor
No Score Yet Lascars (Round Da Way)
  • Tony Merguez
71% Adrift
  • Mathias
No Score Yet Les Lascars
  • Actor
No Score Yet Death Instinct (L' Instinct de Mort)
  • Actor
No Score Yet Sa Majesté Minor (His Majesty Minor)
  • Pan
89% Eastern Promises
  • Kirill
$17.2M 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Francois Toulour
$78.9M 2007
53% Sheitan
  • Joseph
  • Producer
21% Derailed
  • Philippe LaRoche
$36M 2005
No Score Yet Agents Secrets
  • Brisseau
55% Ocean's Twelve
  • François Toulour
$125.5M 2004
39% The Reckoning
  • Lord de Guise
22% Renegade
  • Mike Blueberry
97% Read My Lips
  • Paul
$1.2M 2002
58% Birthday Girl
  • Alexie
$5M 2002
57% Irréversible
  • Producer
  • Marcus
$0.6M 2002
73% Brotherhood of the Wolf
  • Jean-Francois de Morangias
$10.8M 2001
68% The Crimson Rivers
  • Max Kerkerian
88% Shrek
  • Monsieur Hood
$267M 2001
No Score Yet Guest House Paradiso
  • Gino Bolognese
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Gilles de Rais
82% Elizabeth
  • Duc d'Anjou
No Score Yet Dobermann
  • Dobermann
No Score Yet L' Appartement (The Apartment)
  • Max Mayer
100% La Haine
  • Vinz
No Score Yet L'Élève
  • Actor
31% Jefferson in Paris
  • Camille Desmoulins
No Score Yet Blood of the Hunter
  • Pastamoo
67% Café au Lait
  • Actor
No Score Yet Chocolat chaud
  • Dede
No Score Yet Pleasure (And Its Little Inconveniences)
  • Actor

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