Vincent Perez From Queen Margot’s lover to Marcel Proust via the gothic figure of The Crow, Vincent Perez impersonates a whole range of characters.
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY 2009 Demain dès l’aube | Tomorrow at Dawn, dir. Denis Dercourt 2007 Arn - Tempelriddaren | Arn: The Knight Templar, dir. Peter Flinth 2004 Nouvelle-France | Battle of the Brave, dir. Jean Beaudin 2003
Vincent Perez is one of the heartthrob, romantic actors of a whole generation of French comedians. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, he always dreamed of becoming an actor, although sculpture, painting and even photography were among his initial interests. He studied acting at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique of Geneva and later in Paris. In 1986, he joined Patrice Chéreau and his comedians at the Theatre des Amandiers of Nanterre (Paris).
Fanfan la tulipe, dir. Gérard Krawczyk Le Pharmacien de garde | The Pharmacist, dir. Jean Veber Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned, dir. Michael Rymer 2001 Bride of the Wind, dir. Bruce Beresford Les morsures de l’aube | Love Bites, dir. Antoine de Caunes
From stage to screen
He makes his screen debut in Gardien de nuit (1986, dir. Jean-Pierre Limosin), then plays in Hotel de France the same year. In 1989, he gains worldwide success with Cyrano de Bergerac directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, a classic in which he co-stars opposite Gérard Depardieu. The large-scale Oscar-winning production Indochine by Regis Wargnier wins the Oscar for Best Foreign Picture, and launches his international career, confirmed by his role as Marguerite de Valois’ lover in La Reine Margot (1993) by Patrice Chéreau, awarded Best Director at the Cannes Film festival.
I Dreamed of Africa, dir. Hugh Hudson
Hollywood is calling In 1996, Perez takes on the lead role in The Crow, replacing the late Brandon Lee, hereby breaking his image of the romantic lover. Another costume film Le Bossu (1997) by Philippe de Broca, is followed by I dreamed of Africa by Hugh Hudson, where he shares the lead with Kim Basinger. His role as a transvestite in Those Who Love Me Can Take The Train by Patrice Chéreau awards him the César of Best Supporting Actor in 1998. Also directing
1999 Le Temps retrouvé | Marcel Proust’s Time Regained, dir. Raoul Ruiz 1998 Ceux qui m’aiment prendront le train | Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1996 The Crow: City of Angels, dir. Tim Pope 1994 La reine Margot | Queen Margot, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1992 Indochine | Indochina, dir. Régis Wargnier 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac , dir. JeanPaul Rappeneau 1987
In 1992 he presents in Cannes his first short film, L’Échange, followed in 1999 by Rien Dire. In 2002, he cowrites and directs his first feature film Peau d’Ange. In 2007, he directs Si j’etais toi (The Secret) produced by EuropaCorp, headed by Luc Besson. IN FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES) 2009
Hôtel de France, dir. Patrice Chéreau 1986 Gardien de la nuit | Guardian of the Night, dir. Jean-Pierre Limosin 11