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Biography #2 (for The Good Thief)

One of France's most popular actors, Tchéky Karyo was nominated for a César award for his starring role in LA BALANCE and received the prestigious Jean Gabin prize in 1986 in recognition of his talent. Karyo has almost 70 international film credits to his name including American films THE PATRIOT with Mel Gibson; WING COMMANDER; ADDICTED TO LOVE with Meg Ryan and Matthew Broderick; BAD BOYS with Will Smith; and AND THE BAND PLAYED ON with Richard Gere. His English feature credits include: SAVING GRACE; Hugh Hudson's WORLD OF MOSS; MY LIFE SO FAR with Colin Firth; GOLDENEYE with Pierce Brosnan and NOSTRADAMUS. Additionally he has appeared in TO HAVE AND TO HOLD with Rachel Griffiths, TERRA STRAGNIERA and EXPOSURE.

His French cinema highlights include: Luc Besson's LE BAISER DU DRAGON (AKA: THE KISS OF THE DRAGON) with Bridget Fonda and Jet Li; LE ROI DANCE (AKA: THE KING IS DANCING); Luc Besson's JOAN OF ARC; DOBERMANN; CRYING FREEMAN; 1492; Ridley Scott's CONQUEST OF PARADISE with Gerard Depardieu; Luc Besson's NIKITA (Grand Prix de la Jeunesse ISC); Jean-Jacques Annaud's L'OURS (AKA: THE BEAR) (Prix de l'Academie Nationale du Cinema 1988); LE MOINE ET LA SORCIERE (AKA: THE SORCERESS); LA MODE D'EMPLOI; L'AMOUR BRAQUE with Sophie Marceau; LES NUITS DE LA PLEINE LUNE (AKA: FULL MOON IN PARIS); LA BALANCE (AKA: THE NARK); LE RETOUR DE MARTIN GUERRE (AKA: THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE) with Gerard Depardieu and Nathalie Baye; and TOUTE UNE NUIT (AKA: ALL NIGHT LONG).

Karyo studied drama at the Cyrano Theatre and became a member of the Daniel Sorano Company, where he played numerous classical roles. He then joined the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where he starred in contemporary theatre as well as in many classical works.

Bio courtesy Fox Searchlight for "The Good Thief" (09-Apr-2003)


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