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  • Place of birth : Paris
  • Date of birth : 21/09/1955

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François Cluzet (1955)

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François Cluzet is a French film and theatre actor, best known in the English-speaking world for starring in the 2006 French film "Tell No One", based on the novel of the same name by the American author Harlan Coben. He won the 2007 César Award for Best Actor for his role as Dr Alexander Beck in the film.

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François Cluzet grew up in Paris, and made a stage debut in 1976. He made his première appearance on the big screen in 1979 in Cocktail Molotov with Diane Kurys. A year later, Cluzet appears in Cheval d'orgueil written by Claude Chabrol, a director he works with again in 1982 for Les Fantômes du chapelier. In 1983, he plays in L'Été meurtrier with Jean Becker, for which he won a César nomination for best supporting role of the year, while at the same time making the list for best new male for his role in Vive la sociale.

Cluzet collaborated next with some of the biggest French directors, all of whom had a predilection towards dramatic works: reuniting with Diane Kurys in 1983 for Coup de foudre, reuniting with Bertrand Tavernier , Tony Gatlif (Rue du départ, 1985), Claire Denis , Pierre Jolivet (Force majeure, 1988 and one new César nomination for best second male role), Bertrand Blier and again Robert Enrico (La Révolution française). Next, the actor found Claude Chabrol for a role of a husband tortured by jealousy in L'Enfer after having filmed with Chabrol in 1988 for Une affaire de femmes.

In 1994, Cluzet tried international cinema, with participations in Prêt-à-porter with Robert Altman and in French Kiss with Lawrence Kasdan. He returned to French cinema and comedy in 1995 with Les Apprentis (César nomination for best actor) and Enfants de salaud with Tonie Marshall, following a new Claude Chabrol : Rien ne va plus in 1997 au cinéma. Cluzet often portrayed a role of the tormented writer: Fin août, début septembre with Olivier Assayas, L'Examen de minuit , and Je suis un assassin . He performed the double of John Lennon in Janis et John and an animator of tele-shopping in France Boutique . In 2005, he played in Le Domaine perdu with Raoul Ruiz, which portrayed the coup d'état of Chile in 1973.

2006 was a big year for Cluzet with his role of an over-the-hill F1 champion, touching and naive, paralysed with love for Isabelle Carré in Quatre étoiles. But it was his interpretation of Alexandre Beck in the thriller Tell No One with Guillaume Canet which put him ahead of the scene. For this portrayal, he received a César for best actor in 2007.

Cluzet has a son Paul as well as three other children: Blanche, Joseph and Marguerite.

In September 2009, during a TV news show, Cluzet openly mentioned his support for Salah Hamouri, a Franco-Palestinian held in an Israeli prison, to the surprise of the TV host and the Member of Parliament present during the show, Jean-François Copé.

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