Vincent Perez

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Vincent Perez
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Vincent Perez at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival
Born (1964-06-10) 10 June 1964 (age 56)
OccupationActor, director, photographer
Years active1986–present
(m. 1998)

Vincent Perez (born 10 June 1964) is a Swiss actor, director and photographer. He is best known internationally for playing the title character, Ashe Corven, in The Crow: City of Angels , [1] and for starring in Queen of the Damned , playing Marius de Romanus. Some of his notable films in French cinema include Cyrano de Bergerac , Le Bossu , La Reine Margot and Indochine . [2] [3]


Early life

Perez was born on 10 June 1964 in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a Spanish father and a German mother. [3] His mother was a housewife and his father worked in the import-export business. [4] He commenced acting studies in Geneva, followed by the CNSAD and completed his training at the school of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. [2] He started acting in theatre before starring in films. [3]



His breakthrough role was starring as Christian opposite Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac . [5] He was nominated for a César Award. [6] He has since appeared in various films and his onscreen leading ladies have included Catherine Deneuve, Kim Basinger, Isabelle Adjani and Aaliyah. [3]

On television, he starred in Paris enquêtes criminelles , the French remake of Law & Order: Criminal Intent . Perez starred as Lieutenant Vincent Revel. [2]

He has also gone into directing. Two of his shorts, L'échange and Rien à dire, have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. [7]


He has exhibited his photographic work during festivals and in art galleries. [8] For example, his exhibition entitled Face to Face, which featured photographs of Carla Bruni, Johnny Hallyday and Gérard Depardieu, was unveiled at Rencontres d'Arles, an annual photography festival in Arles, France. [8] In December 2012, he exhibited his photographs of dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet at the RuArts in Moscow, Russia. [9] Two years later, in December 2014, he exhibited them again at the Accademia Fine Art Gallery in Monte Carlo, Monaco. [8] [10]

Personal life

He is married to French actress Karine Silla, ex-partner of Gérard Depardieu [11] and sister of French producer Virginie Besson-Silla. [12] Perez and Silla have three children together, [8] including model Iman Perez.



1986Gardien de la nuit (Guardian of the Night)ArmandFrench
1987 Hôtel de France SergeFrench
1988La Maison de jade (The House of Jade)Bernard GretzFrench
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Christian de NeuvilletteFrench César Award Nominee for Most Promising Actor (Meilleur espoir masculin)
Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa (Captain Fracassa's Journey)Baron of SigognacItalian
1991La Neige et le feuJacques SénéchalFrench
1992Cendre d'orFrenchShort film
Indochine (Indochina)Jean-BaptisteFrench
L'ÉchangeFrench Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Nominee for Best Short Film
Short written and directed by Vincent Perez
1993 Fanfan AlexandreFrench
1994 La Reine Margot (Queen Margot) La Môle French
1995 Al di là delle nuvole (Beyond the Clouds)Niccolo
1996 Ligne de vie  [ fr ] (Линия жизни, Lifeline)PhilippeRussian
The Crow: City of Angels Ashe Corven/The CrowEnglish
1997 Swept from the Sea Yanko GooralEnglish
Le bossu (On Guard)Duc de NeversFrench César Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1998 Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train)VivianeFrench César Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)
The TreatPierreEnglish
Talk of Angels Francisco AreavagaEnglish
Shot Through the Heart Slavko StanicEnglishTV film
1999 Le Temps retrouvé (Time Regained)MorelFrench
Rien à direFrench Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Nominee for Best Short Film
Short directed by Vincent Perez
2000Épouse-moi (Marry Me)Hadrien RocheFrench
Le Libertin (The Libertine) Denis Diderot French
I Dreamed of Africa Paolo GallmannEnglish
2001 Les Morsures de l'aube  [ fr ] (Love Bites)Young actorFrench
Bride of the Wind Oskar Kokoschka English
2002 Queen of the Damned Marius de Romanus English
Peau d'Ange (Once Upon An Angel)FrenchNominated at the Montreal World Film Festival for the Grand Prix des Amériques
Written and directed by Vincent Perez
2003Le pharmacien de garde (The Pharmacist)Yan LazarrecFrench
La felicità non-costa niente (Happiness Costs Nothing)FrancescoItalian
Fanfan la Tulipe Fanfan la Tulipe French
I'm Staying! Bertrand DelpireFrench
2004 Bienvenue en Suisse (Welcome to Switzerland)Aloïs CouchepinFrench
Nouvelle-France (Battle of the Brave)Intendant le BigotEnglish
2007 The Apocalypse Code LuiRussianMTV Movie Award (Russia) Nominee for Best Fight; shared with Anastasiya Zavorotnyuk
Credited as Vensan Peres
Arn – Tempelriddaren (Arn – The Knight Templar)Brother GuilbertSwedish
The Secret EnglishProduced and directed by Vincent Perez
2009 Demain dès l'aube (Tomorrow at Dawn)MathieuFrench
2010 Inhale Dr. MartinezEnglish
Bruc  [ ca ]MaravalCatalan
2012 Lines of Wellington LévêquePortuguese
2012 Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night)Juan RucilioFrench
2013 Puppy Love ChristianFrench
2014 The Kitchen in Paris (Cuisine in Paris)Nicolas DuPontRussian
2016 Alone in Berlin EnglishDirector, writer
2017 Dalida Eddie Barclay French
2017 Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction (Everyone's Life)The CountFrench
2017 Hochelaga, Land of Souls Jacques Cartier [13]
2018 L'intervention General FavrartFrench
2018 At Eternity's Gate The DirectorEnglish
2018 Ladies in Black StefanEnglish
2018 The Summer House The Swiss actorFrench
2019 The Aeronauts Pierre RennesEnglish [14]


1986 Série noire YvonFrench1 episode: Piège à flics
1990 Hamlet Laerte French
1998 Shot Through the Heart SlavkoEnglish
2000Scénarios sur la drogueFrenchDirected 1 episode, Scénarios sur la drogue
2004 Frankenstein DeucalionEnglish
2005Le jugeMarc SteinerFrench
2006Avec le temps...Philippe JulliartFrench
Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de Pompadour Louis XV French
2007 Paris enquêtes criminelles (Law & Order: Paris)Vincent RevelFrench20 episodes
2008 Die Jahrhundertlawine  [ de ] (Avalanche)MarcGerman
2010Lo scandalo della Banca RomanaClemente ClaudetItalian

Awards and nominations

César Awards

1991Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin) Cyrano de Bergerac Nominated [2] [6]
1998Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin) Le bossu Nominated [2] [6]
1998Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin) Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train Nominated [2] [6]

Palme d'Or

1992Best Short FilmL'échangeNominated [2]
1999Best Short FilmRien à direNominated [2]

Montréal World Film Festival

2002Grand Prix des AmériquesPeau d'angeNominated [2]

MTV Movie Awards, Russia

2008Best Fight Kod apokalipsisa Nominated [2]

Cabourg Romantic Film Festival

1992Prix Jean GabinWon [2]
2008Best Actor Le bossu Won [2]

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