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Thierry L'Hermitte

French leading man Thierry L'Hermitte is the star of many popular French comedies and is often referred to as the French Tom Hanks. He is also a screenwriter, having co-written the French comedy Un Indien dans la Ville that was re-made as Jungle 2 Jungle, which starred Tim Allen.

L'hermitte began in show business on stage in his teens and made his feature film debut in The Year '01, following that with a role opposite Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Deweare in Bertrand Blier's Going Places. He then began performing in café theatre, working first with the Café de la Gare Troupe and then with his self-formed troupe, Le Splendid. It was the cinematic adaptation of one of their productions, Amour, Coquillages et Crustacés which brought him his first major film success in 1978. L'hermitte has occasionally played serious roles as well, most notably in Légitime Violence, and Michel Schock's police drama Un Eté en Enfer.

L'hermitte has played leading roles in such films as Les Heroes n'ont pas Froid aux Oreilles (and Le Pere Noel est une Ordure, which served as the inspiration for the 1994 Steve Martin vehicle Mixed Nuts. He also took a role in Richard Marquand's Until September. He went on to star in several films that were eventually remade in Hollywood, including Le Fete des Peres (Father's Day), in which he played a gay man who wants to father a child; La Totale! which James Cameron turned into True Lies and the afore-mentioned Un Indien dans la Ville.

More recently, L'hermitte portrayed King Louis XIV in Marquise and then a Parisian publisher engaged in one-upsmanship with his friends in The Dinner Game. He will next be seen in James Ivory's Le Divorce.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Thierry L'Hermitte Facts

Birth NameThierry Teil
BirthdayNovember 24, 1952 (71)
BirthplaceBoulogne-Billancourt, France

Selected Filmography

Un ete en enfer (breakthrough)
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