Famous French Actors

The recipe for a perfect evening is a mix of good food, old wine, great style and of course cult movies. While France is popular for the first three, it is its cinematic culture that often goes unnoticed or ignored. How many times have we preferred British or American movies to their French counterparts? A number of times, isn’t it? However, France has been a mecca of talent when it comes to acting, drama and performance. The country has been home to talented bunch of actors who have deeply engrained their names on the world of entertainment with their enduring and unforgettable performance. Their contribution to cinema has been simply outstanding, ineffaceable and deep-lasting. Some of the most popular and prestigious names of French cinema include Christopher Lambert, Vincent Cassel, Gerard Depardieu, Guillaume Canet, and so on. Interestingly, thanks to the multiplying talent of French actors, French film industry has built a strong foundation with a stout fan following in English speaking countries as well. French films today are faring very well at the English box office and gaining immense popularity. To know more about popular French actors, their profile, their love for cinema and their works as an actor and performer, check out this section.

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 1 Vincent Cassel

Vincent Cassel.
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 2 Jean Reno

Jean Reno.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Casablanca
French-Moroccan actor Jean Reno is best known for his roles in Godzilla, The Pink Panther, and Mission Impossible. He has also been part of French, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish films, and was nominated for a European Film Award for his role in Les Rivières pourpres, or Crimson Rivers.
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 3 Hervé Villechaize

Hervé Villechaize.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: September 4, 1993

French-American actor Hervé Villechaize is best remembered for playing the evil henchman in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. Born with dwarfism, he was bullied at school for his condition. After initially working as an artist, painter and photographer, he ventured into acting. He was popular and much loved by the audience.

 4 Christopher Lambert

Christopher Lambert.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Great Neck

Christopher Lambert shot to fame with his portrayal of Tarzan in the 1984 film Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. He is also known as Connor MacLeod from the Highlander franchise and as Raiden from Mortal Kombat. He has also been part of several French films.

 5 Manuel Ferrara

Manuel Ferrara.
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Famous As: Adult Film Star, Film director
Birthdate: November 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gagny

 6 Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

 7 Lucas Bravo

Lucas Bravo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
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 8 Donald Pleasence

Donald Pleasence
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worksop
Died: February 2, 1995

 9 Charles Aznavour

Charles Aznavour.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 10 Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès
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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 21, 1938

 11 Michael Vartan

Michael Vartan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 12 Alain Delon

Alain Delon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sceaux, France

 13 Omar Sy

Omar Sy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 20, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trappes, France

 14 Guillaume Canet

Guillaume Canet
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 15 Tchéky Karyo

Tchéky Karyo.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Istanbul

French actor and musician Tchéky Karyo is best known as Julien Baptiste from the series The Missing and its spin-off, Baptiste. His performance in La Balance earned him a Cesar Award nomination. He has also appeared in character roles in films such as Kiss of the Dragon and The Patriot.

 16 François Truffaut

François Truffaut
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 21, 1984

 17 Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: September 22, 2007

 18 Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cité Malesherbes, Paris, France
Died: December 5, 2017

 19 Robert Clary

Robert Clary
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

 20 Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean-Paul Belmondo
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 21 Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Jean Dujardin

Jean Dujardin
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 23 Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 24 Tahar Rahim

Tahar Rahim
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfort, France

 25 Saïd Taghmaoui

Saïd Taghmaoui
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Villepinte, France

 26 Louis de Funès

Louis de Funès
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor, Film director, Film producer, Dub actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Courbevoie
Died: January 27, 1983

 27 Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 28 Louis Jourdan

Louis Jourdan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: February 14, 2015

 29 Louis Malle

Louis Malle
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Camera operator, Cinematographer, Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Thumeries
Died: November 23, 1995

 30 Charles Boyer

Charles Boyer.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: August 26, 1978

French-American actor Charles Boyer appeared in more than 80 films in a career that spanned over half a century. He pursued a theatrical career as a young man and eventually moved into films. He achieved extreme popularity with his roles in romantic movies like The Garden of Allah and Love Affair in the 1930s. He received four Academy Award nominations.

 31 Samuel Benchetrit

Samuel Benchetrit.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Champigny-sur-Marne, France

Samuel Benchetrit is a French writer, scenarist, actor, and director. Over the years, Benchetrit's achievements as a writer and actor have been overshadowed by his personal life and relationships with popular actresses like Marie Trintignant, Anna Mouglalis, and Vanessa Paradis.

 32 Lambert Wilson

Lambert Wilson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 33 Mathieu Amalric

Mathieu Amalric
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine

 34 Yves Montand

Yves Montand
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: November 9, 1991

 35 Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier.
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1972
Best remembered for the song Valentine and the musical Gigi, French musician Maurice Chevalier not only fought in World War I, but was also injured and later imprisoned. During World War II, he reluctantly agreed to perform in exchange of the release of a few French prisoners. 

 36 David Charvet

David Charvet
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lyon, Rhône, France

 37 Pierre Woodman

Pierre Woodman
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auvergne, France

 38 John Callahan

John Callahan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: France, France
Died: March 28, 2020

 39 Michael Lonsdale

Michael Lonsdale
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 21, 2020

 40 Jean Renoir

Jean Renoir.
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Famous As: Film Director, Actor, Producer
Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 12, 1979

Jean Renoir was a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. The son of the prominent painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Jean was one of the first filmmakers to be known as an auteur. He started working during the silent film era and made more than 40 silent films. In 1975, he received a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award.

 41 David Belle

David Belle
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fécamp, France

 42 Russell Wong

Russell Wong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Troy, New York, USA

 43 Camille Razat

Camille Razat
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 44 Yvan Attal

Yvan Attal
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Dub actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tel Aviv

 45 Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati
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Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Comedian, Film producer
Birthdate: October 9, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Le Pecq
Died: November 4, 1982

 46 Benjamin Biolay

Benjamin Biolay
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Famous As: Actor, Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Villefranche-sur-Saône

 47 Soufiane Guerrab

Soufiane Guerrab
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 48 Jean-Louis Trintignant

Jean-Louis Trintignant
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Piolenc, France

 49 Tomer Sisley

Tomer Sisley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 14, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Berlin, West Germany

 50 Jamel Debbouze

Jamel Debbouze
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France