Jean Dujardin –

Jean Dujardin in OSS 117 — Nest of Spies.

Jean Dujardin: Best Actor, 2011:

The Artist (Comedy/Drama/Romance – PG-13)

Jean Dujardin won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance in the 2011 film The Artist, in which he plays a silent film star, George Valentin, who finds himself on top of the world in 1927, at the dawn of the age of the "talkies".

A charismatic actor and dancer, Valentin takes great pride in his popularity and success, but the introduction of sound sends his fortunes plummeting. In 1929 he loses all his money in the stock market crash. Bankrupt and humiliated, he struggles to survive in a world that has changed overnight.

About Jean Dujardin (1972 – ____)

Jean Dujardin was born on June 19, 1972 and raised in Rueil-Malmaison (Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France region), a commune in the western suburbs of Paris, France. After attending high school, he went to work for the construction company of his father, Jacques Dujardin. Dujardin began contemplating a career in acting while serving his mandatory military service a few years later.

He began his acting career with a one-man show he wrote in various bars and cabarets in Paris. He first gained attention when he appeared on the French talent show Graines de star in 1996 as part of the comedy group Nous Ç Nous.

From 1999 to 2003, Dujardin starred in the France production of the originally Canadian comedy series Un gars, une fille, alongside his future wife Alexandra Lamy, before moving on to a career in film. Un gars, une fille followed the path of a relationship; each episode was less than ten minutes long. In 2005, he portrayed the eponymous surfer in the popular comedic film Brice de Nice and performed on its soundtrack.

In 2006, Dujardin starred as the racist, sexist secret agent Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath in the comedy OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which earned him a César Award nomination for Best Actor. The success of the film spawned a sequel, OSS 117: Lost in Rio. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he starred in the film 99F (99 francs), an existential parody of an advertising exec, adapted from the a best-seller written by Frédéric Beigbeder. This same year, he ventured into cinematic drama for the first time, playing a tortured father and cop in Franck Mancuso's Contre-enquête. In 2009, he appeared in A Man and His Dog alongside screen legend Jean-Paul Belmondo, with whom he has often been compared. In 2010, he starred alongside Albert Dupontel, playing his character's cancer in The Clink of Ice, a black comedy written and directed by Bertrand Blier.

In 2011, Dujardin starred as movie star George Valentin in the silent film The Artist, reuniting him with OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies director Michel Hazanavicius and his co-star from that film, Bérénice Bejo. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where he received the Best Actor Award. His performance drew much critical acclaim and he received numerous nominations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor. He went on to win the Best Actor award at the 84th Academy Awards. He has been described as France's answer to George Clooney.

In February 2012, Dujardin appeared in Les Infidèles with co-star and friend Gilles Lellouche. In 2013, he starred in Éric Rochant's Möbius with Cécile de France and Tim Roth.

His second film that year was Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, playing alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, and Kyle Chandler, among others. He then appeared in The Monuments Men, directed by George Clooney, and co-starring Clooney, Matt Damon, and Cate Blanchett, and starred in the French film Le Petit Joueur.

In late 2014, La French was released in Europe and subsequently in the United States in early 2015. In it he plays a French police magistrate who tries to dismantle the French Connection and bring down the Unione Corse.

Dujardin has been married twice and has three children. His first marriage, to a woman named Gaëlle, ended in 2003. They have two sons. In 2003, he started dating his on-screen partner Alexandra Lamy of the comedy series Un gars, une fille; the two had originally met at the audition, and fell in love while shooting the series. They married in Anduze on 25 July 2009. In November 2013, they separated.

He is currently in a relationship with French ice dancer Nathalie Péchalat. On June 27, 2015, it was announced that they were expecting their first child. In December, 2015, Nathalie Péchalat gave birth to a girl, Jeanne.

Jean Dujardin's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2002À l'abri des regards indiscretsJean-Luc
2002If I Were a Rich ManWeston the seller
2003Toutes les filles sont follesLorenzi
2003Bienvenue chez les RozesMathieu Gamelin/MG
2003Les Clefs de bagnoleHimself
2004Cash TruckJacques
2004Mariages !Alex
2004Les DaltonCowboy
2004Rien de graveThe traveling salesman
2005La vie de Michel Muller est plus belle que la vôtreHimself
2005Brice de NiceBrice of Nice
2005L'Amour aux troussesFranck
2005Il ne faut jurer de rien !Valentin
2006OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of SpiesHubert Bonisseur de La Bath/OSS 117
2007Contre-enquêteRichard Malinowski
2007HellphoneThe warrior of the cellar
2007Deux sur la balançoireJerry Ryan
2007Cherche fiancé tous frais payésThe host club
200799 FrancsOctave Parango
2009A Man and His DogThe Worker
2009OSS 117: Lost in RioHubert Bonisseur de La Bath/OSS 117
2009Lucky LukeLucky Luke
2010Little White LiesLudo
2010The Clink of IceCharles Faulque
2010Un balcon sur la merMarc Palestro
2011The ArtistGeorge Valentin
2012Les InfidèlesFred/Olivier/François/Laurent/James
2013The Wolf of Wall StreetJean-Jacques Saurel
20139 Month StretchSign Language Interpreter
2014The Monuments MenJean-Claude Clermont
2014The ConnectionPierre Michel
2015Un plus uneAntoine Abeilard
2016Up for LoveAlexandre
2016Brice 3Brice of Nice
2017Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction

Jean Dujardin's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1996–1999Carré Blanc / Nous C NousVarious
1997–1998Farce AttaqueHimself
1999–2003Un gars, une filleJean / "Loulou"
1999Un gars, une filleJean / "Loulou"
2012Saturday Night LiveGeorge Valentin-like character
2013Le débarquementVarious

Memorable Quotes by Jean Dujardin

“ I discovered that silent film is almost an advantage. You just have to think of the feeling for it to show. No lines pollute it. It doesn't take much — a gaze, an eyelash flutter — for the emotion to be vivid. ”

“ I think I'm more demanding than any wife. ”

“ I watched Gene Kelly for his smile, for his energy. Vittorio Gassman for his movement. Clark Gable for his mustache. And I watched Lassie who was happy as a dog. ”

“ I like the hot-cold, the sugar-salt, being able to play over-the-top and dramatic things — in the same film. Just as in my life, I can be very funny and at other times almost extinguished. ”

“ I don't really know Hollywood, but living and shooting in L.A. was very motivating, inspiring. The lights, the extras, their American faces, the energy, the Orpheum Theatre. It was all very inspiring. ”

“ For you, it's a silent movie. For us, it's a talking movie because we had lines on set. There's a lot of noise on set and music. We spoke in English, in French, in gibberish, but it was very alive. The challenge was tap dancing. ”

Things You May Not Know About Jean Dujardin

In his acceptance speech for the Best Actor BAFTA for The Artist, Dujardin mentioned Laurence Olivier, Benny Hill and, curiously, William Webb Ellis (the clergyman who allegedly invented the game of Rugby).

He is one of 5 French actors to win an Academy Award. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night, Simone Signoret for Room at the Top, Juliette Binoche for The English Patient, and Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose.

He and Christoph Waltz are the only two actors to win the Cannes prize for Best Actor, the SAG Award, the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Oscar for one film.

He was ordered to pay a fine of several hundred euros and for his driver's license to be suspended for three months. The conviction was related to him driving under the influence while on vacation on the island of Corsica in 2012.

Literally translated into English, his name means: John of/from the Garden.

He's been best friends with Guillaume Canet since childhood. They once worked together as stable boys for iconic actor and passionate horse breeder Jean Rochefort.

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Jean Dujardin in Ca$h (2008)... top picture with Valeria Golino and François Berléand...
second picture with Valeria Golino and Alice Taglioni... fourth picture with Valeria Golino.
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Dujardin and Albert Dupontel in The Clink of Ice, aka Le bruit des glaçons (2010).
Dujardin and Joël Dupuch in Little White Lies, aka Les petits mouchoirs (2010).
In Möbius (2013)... fourth picture with Cécile De France.
In OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, aka Le Caire, nid d'espions (2006)...
top two pictures with Bérénice Bejo... bottom picture with Abdellah Moundy.
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In OSS 117: Lost in Rio, aka Rio ne répond plus (2009)... seventh picture with Louise Monot.
Dujardin in Saturday Night Live (2012)... top picture with Zooey
Deschanel and Taran Killam... bottom picture with Taran Killam and Kristen Wiig.
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In the role that brought him a Best Actor Oscar, as silent film star
George Valentin in The Artist (2011)... top picture with Missi Pyle...
second picture with Bérénice Bejo... bottom picture with Uggie.
In The Connection, aka La French (2014).
In The Monuments Men (2014).... top picture with George Clooney, Bill Murray, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville... second picture with George Clooney, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Dimitri Leonidas... third picture with Bill Murray, Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Hugh Bonneville.
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Dujardin in The Players, aka Les infidèls (2012)... second picture
with Alexandra Lamy... with Gilles Lellouche in pictures three, four and five.
In The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Jean Dujardin in Un + une (2015)... top two pictures with Elsa Zylberstein... third
picture with Elsa Zylberstein and Christopher Lambert... bottom picture with Claude Lelouch.