Daniel Auteuil

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Daniel Auteuil
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Daniel Auteuil in 2011
Born (1950-01-24) 24 January 1950 (age 73)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active1974–present
  • Anne Jousset (?–?)
(m. 19931995)
    Aude Ambroggi
    (m. 2006)
Partner Marianne Denicourt
Children3; including Aurore Auteuil

Daniel Auteuil (French:  [danjɛl otœj] ; born 24 January 1950) is a French actor and director who has appeared in a wide range of film genres, including period dramas, romantic comedies, and crime thrillers. [1] In 1996 he won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival together with Belgian actor Pascal Duquenne. He is also the winner of two César Awards for Best Actor, one in 1987 as Ugolin Soubeyran in Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources and one for his role in Girl on the Bridge . For his role in Jean de Florette he also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. [2] Auteuil is considered one of France's most respected actors. [1] [3]


Life and career

Daniel Auteuil was born on 24 January 1950 in Algiers, French Algeria, the son of opera singers. [1] He grew up in Avignon and Nancy, France. [1] He began his acting career in musical comedy and made his film debut in 1972. [1]

Auteuil's starring role in the historical drama film Jean de Florette (1986) and its sequel Manon des Sources (1986) brought him international recognition. Auteuil has since become one of the best-known, best-paid and most popular actors in France. Through his appearances in films including the swashbuckler Le bossu (1997), the comedy The Closet (2001), the romantic comedy After You... (2003), the thriller Caché (2005) and the comedy My Best Friend (2006), he has since gained greater international recognition.

In 2013, Auteuil was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [4]

Auteuil has two daughters: Aurore Auteuil with his former partner, Anne Jousset, and Nelly from a ten-year relationship with actress Emmanuelle Béart, his co-star in the films A Heart in Winter and Manon des Sources (1986). He married Aude Ambroggi, a Corsican sculptor born in 1977, [5] on 22 July 2006 in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica.

Early life

At age 16, thanks to André Benedetto, who led a company in Avignon, Auteuil began stage acting in Chekhov's La Demande en mariage . [6] To please his parents he began studies in topography, and he worked in a nightclub cloakroom on Saturday nights to earn money. [6]

In 1969, after attending high school in Avignon, he went to Paris with his friend Roger Miremont. He enrolled in a theater course taught by Cours Florent. Despite several attempts, he was never accepted to compete in the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique.

In 1970, he made his debut in théâtre national populaire in Early Morning. In 1972 and 1973 he appeared in the American musical Godspell . Partnered with Edwige Feuillère's theater (La folle de Chaillot) and Maria Pacôme's theater (Apprends-moi, Céline), he co-starred with François Périer in Coup de chapeau, which earned him the 1979 Gérard-Philipe prize for the best young actor of the year. He then appeared in Le Garçon d'appartement, which Gérard Lauzier adapted for the cinema in 1982 as T'empêches tout le monde de dormir.

In 1974, Auteuil made his debut on television under the direction of Marcel Jullian in the series Les Fargeot before continuing next to Rellys, Jackie Sardou and Fernand Sardou in Adieu Amélie by Jean-Paul Carrère. In 1977, he played the detective Camaret in the six-episode series Rendez-vous en noir, based on the novel by William Irish.

In 1975, Gérard Pirès offered Auteuil the lead role in L'Agression with Catherine Deneuve and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

Selected filmography

As actor

1974 L'Agression Natacha's boyfriend Gérard Pirès
1975 Attention les yeux ! Alex Gérard Pirès
1977 Monsieur Papa Dédé Philippe Monnier
1977 Rendez-vous en noir Inspecteur CamaretClaude Grinberg
1979 Us Two a rascal Claude Lelouch
Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears Jean-Bernard Charles Nemes
1980 Les sous-doués Bébel Claude Zidi
1981 Les hommes préfèrent les grosses Jean-Yves Jean-Marie Poiré
Les Sous-doués en vacances BébelClaude Zidi
Clara et les Chics Types MickeyJacques Monnet
1982 Pour cent briques, t'as plus rien... Sam Édouard Molinaro
1984 Les Fauves  [ fr ]Christopher BerghamJean-Louis Daniel
Asphalt Warriors Inspecteur Vincent Sergio Gobbi
P'tit Con Jeannot Gérard Lauzier
1985 Palace  [ fr ]Lucien Molard Édouard Molinaro
1986 Jean de Florette Ugolin Claude Berri
Manon des Sources
1987 Quelques jours avec moi Martial Pasquier Claude Sautet
1989 Romuald et Juliette Romuald Blindet Coline Serreau
1990 Lacenaire The Elegant Criminal Lacenaire Francis Girod
1991 A Heart in Winter StéphaneClaude Sautet
My Life Is Hell Abargadon Josiane Balasko
1992 My Favorite Season Antoine André Téchiné
1993 La Reine Margot Henri de Bourbon Patrice Chéreau
1994 La Séparation Pierre Christian Vincent
1995 A French Woman Louis Régis Wargnier
1995 Thieves AlexAndré Téchiné
Sostiene Pereira Dr. Cardoso Roberto Faenza
1996 The Eighth Day Harry Jaco Van Dormael
Lucie Aubrac RaymondClaude Berri
1997 On Guard Lagardère Philippe de Broca
1998 Girl on the Bridge Gabor Patrice Leconte
1999 The Lost Son Xavier Lombard Chris Menges
The Escort (Mauvaise passe) Pierre Michel Blanc
The Widow of Saint-Pierre Jean Patrice Leconte
The Closet François Pignon Francis Veber
2000 Sade Marquis de Sade Benoît Jacquot
2001 Vajont Alberico BiadeneRenzo Martinelli
2002 The Adversary Jean-Marc Faure Nicole Garcia
2003 Rencontre avec le dragon Guillaume de MontaubanHélène Angel
After You... Antoine Letoux Pierre Salvadori
2004 36 Quai des Orfèvres Léo Vrinks Olivier Marchal
Strange Crime Daniel Roberto Andò
2005 Caché Georges Laurent Michael Haneke
To Paint or Make Love William Lasserre Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu
2006 The Valet Pierre Levasseur Francis Veber
My Best Friend François Coste Patrice Leconte
Napoleon and Me Napoleon Paolo Virzì
2007 Conversations with My Gardener Dupinceau Jean Becker
2008 The Last Deadly Mission Schneider Olivier Marchal
15 ans et demi Philippe Le TallecFrançois Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
Me Two Jean-Christian Ranu Nicolas & Bruno
2009 Je l'aimais Pierre Zabou Breitman
2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter Pascal AmorettiDaniel Auteuil
2012 The Lookout Mattei Michele Placido
Blood from a Stone Georges Pierret Jacques Maillot
2013 Jappeloup Serge Durand Christian Duguay
Marius CésarDaniel Auteuil
Fanny CésarDaniel Auteuil
2015 Entre amis Richard Olivier Baroux
Nos femmes Paul Richard Berry
2016 Les Naufragés Jean-Louis Brochard David Charhon
Au nom de ma fille André Bamberski Vincent Garenq
The Confessions Daniel Roché Roberto Andò
2017 Le Brio Pierre Mazard Yvan Attal
2018 Rémi Alone in the World Vitalis Antoine Blossier
2019 La Belle Époque Victor Drumond Nicolas Bedos
2021 Adieu Monsieur Haffmann Joseph Haffmann Fred Cavayé

As filmmaker

YearTitleCredited asNotes
2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter YesYes
2013 Marius YesYes
2013 Fanny YesYes
2018 Le proverbe YesYes

Awards and nominations

1987 César Awards Best Actor Jean de Florette Won
1987 BAFTA Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role Jean de Florette Won
1988 Molière Awards Best Actor Double Inconstancy (La Double Inconstance)Nominated
1989 César Awards Best Actor Quelques jours avec moi Nominated
1991 César Awards Best Actor Lacenaire Nominated
1991 Molière Awards Best Actor Les Fourberies de Scapin Nominated
1993 César Awards Best Actor A Heart in Winter (Un cœur en hiver)Nominated
1993 European Film Award Best Actor A Heart in Winter Won
1994 César Awards Best Actor My Favorite Season (Ma saison préférée)Nominated
1995 César Awards Best Actor La Séparation Nominated
1997 César Awards Best Actor The Eighth Day (Le huitième jour)Nominated
1998 César Awards Best Actor Le Bossu Nominated
2000 César Awards Best Actor Girl on the Bridge (La Fille sur le pont)Won
2001 Lumières Awards Best Actor Sade Won
2003 César Awards Best Actor The Adversary (L'Adversaire)Nominated
2004 César Awards Best Actor After You... (Après vous...)Nominated
2005 César Awards Best Actor Department 36 (36, quai des Orfèvres) Nominated
2005 European Film Award Best Actor Caché Won

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