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Daniel Auteuil

Daniel Auteuil was born in Algiers and was raised in Avignon. After doing some Parisian theater, including a two-year run in the hit musical Godspell, Auteuil made his film debut in 1974 in Act of Aggression followed by a critically acclaimed performance in The Violated Love.

Auteuil truly gained popularity, however, when he began to appear in several successful comedies in the early eighties, including The Under-Gifted and Men Prefer Fat Girls. But it was in 1986, when he starred opposite Gerard Depardieu in Jean de Florette, that the actor truly gained the recognition of his peers and won his first César Award for Best Actor, the second coming in 1999 for his performance in Girl on the Bridge.

Now one of the most sought after actors in France, Auteuil has collaborated with the most prestigious directors in France, including Claude Sautet, with whom he made A Few Days With Me and A Heart in Winter. Besides several performances opposite Depardieu, Auteuil has also starred with Catherine Deneuve in My Favorite Season and Thieves.

Easily slipping into the persona of historical figures, Auteuil has been called on to portray the Marquis de Sade in Sade as well as Henry IV in Queen Margot. In 1996 he starred in the critical and audience favorites The Uneven One and The Adversary, and to this day continues to be solicited for top roles.

In addition to the two César Awards he has won, Auteuil has been nominated for ten additional César Awards for Best Actor, including one for his performance as Antoine in Après Vous.

JOSE GARCIA (Louis) is a Spanish emigre to France known for his comic talent. He made his big-screen debut in 1989 in There's a Man in Your Bed. After numerous small roles, Garcia exploded into stardom with Would I Lie to You? for which he was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor.

Overflowing with energy, Garcia revealed his ability to do drama when he appeared in Whatever, the 1999 adaptation of the dark novel by Michel Houellebecq. Three years later, he was awarded the much-coveted 2001 Jean-Gabin Prize.

Garcia has been busy since making Après Vous. He also has roles in Laughter and Punishment, The Seventh Day and Jet-Set 2, as well as several films in production.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Daniel Auteuil Facts

BirthdayJanuary 24, 1950 (73)
BirthplaceAlger, Algeria

Selected Filmography

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