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Jean-Marc Barr (born on 27 September 1960 in Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) is a French-American film actor and director. His mother is French. His American father was in the US Air Force and served in the Second World War. Jean-Marc Barr is primarily known as an actor, but is also a film director, screenwriter and producer. Barr is bilingual in French and English: he speaks French with a nasal, hybrid accent, reminiscent of his American upbringing - with a slight American accent and occasional anglicisms in interviews - and English with a Mid-Atlantic accent.

He studied philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Paris Conservatoire and the Sorbonne. He went on to pursue an education in drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In London he met his future wife, a pianist and composer Irina Dečermić.

Jean-Marc Barr began working in theatre in France in 1986. After some television roles and film work, in particular, Hope and Glory (1987) by John Boorman, he was cast in the tremendously successful The Big Blue (1988). Luc Besson cast him in the role of French diver Jacques Mayol. He played in the role opposite Rosanna Arquette and Jean Reno. The Big Blue was the most financially successful film in France in the 1980s.

In 1991, he starred in Danish director Lars von Trier's Europa, marking the beginning of a long friendship (he is the godfather of von Trier's children) as well as a significant professional relationship. He went on to appear in von Trier’s Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2004) and Manderlay (2005). Also in 2005 he starred in the French film Crustacés et Coquillages.

His collaboration with von Trier put him on track to start directing his own work. He debuted in 1999 as a director, screenwriter and producer with the intimate love story Lovers. This film became the first part of a trilogy; the two subsequent parts being the drama Too Much Flesh (2000) and the comedy Being Light (2001) which he co-directed with Pascal Arnold.

He may also be recognized for his role as the attractive divorce lawyer, Maitre Bertram in the Merchant Ivory film le Divorce (2003). He appeared as Hugo in The Red Siren in 2002. He appeared as the main character in the video for Blur's 1995 single, "Charmless Man".

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jean-Marc Barr, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jean-Marc Barr (born on 27 September 1960 in Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) is a French-American film actor and director. His mother is French. His American father was in the US Air Force and served in the Second World War. Jean-Marc Barr is primarily known as an actor, but is also a film director, screenwriter and producer. Barr is bilingual in French and English: he speaks French with a nasal, hybrid accent, reminiscent of his American upbringing - with a slight American accent and occasional anglicisms in interviews - and English with a Mid-Atlantic accent.

He studied philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Paris Conservatoire and the Sorbonne. He went on to pursue an education in drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In London he met his future wife, a pianist and composer Irina Dečermić.

Jean-Marc Barr began working in theatre in France in 1986. After some television roles and film work, in particular, Hope and Glory (1987) by John Boorman, he was cast in the tremendously successful The Big Blue (1988). Luc Besson cast him in the role of French diver Jacques Mayol. He played in the role opposite Rosanna Arquette and Jean Reno. The Big Blue was the most financially successful film in France in the 1980s.

In 1991, he starred in Danish director Lars von Trier's Europa, marking the beginning of a long friendship (he is the godfather of von Trier's children) as well as a significant professional relationship. He went on to appear in von Trier’s Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2004) and Manderlay (2005). Also in 2005 he starred in the French film Crustacés et Coquillages.

His collaboration with von Trier put him on track to start directing his own work. He debuted in 1999 as a director, screenwriter and producer with the intimate love story Lovers. This film became the first part of a trilogy; the two subsequent parts being the drama Too Much Flesh (2000) and the comedy Being Light (2001) which he co-directed with Pascal Arnold.

He may also be recognized for his role as the attractive divorce lawyer, Maitre Bertram in the Merchant Ivory film le Divorce (2003). He appeared as Hugo in The Red Siren in 2002. He appeared as the main character in the video for Blur's 1995 single, "Charmless Man".

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jean-Marc Barr, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1960-09-27

Place of Birth Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Cut Off as Trevor De Blanc
Halo of Stars as Gerald
FreeDogme as Himself
2018 Cellar as Milan
2018 The Call as (voice)
2018 After the War as Jérôme
2018 Bad Banks (6 episodes) as Robert Khano
2017 Dolphin Man as Narrator
2017 Grain as Erol
2017 UK18 as The Foreigner
2015 Wax: We Are The X
2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. II as Debtor Gentleman
2013 Big Sur as Jack Kerouac
2013 Manhattan Romance as Alex
2013 Fantasmes! - Sexe, Fiction et Tentations as Himself
2013 Vandal as Paul, l'oncle
2012 E la chiamano estate as Dino
2011 Practical Guide to Belgrade with Singing and Crying as Brian
2011 Blood On The Docks (12 episodes) as Capitaine Richard Faraday
2011 American Translation as William
2011 His Mother's Eyes as Jean-Paul Tremazan
2010 City of Shadows as Dr. Max Orswell
2009 Making Plans for Lena as Nigel
2009 Parc as Paul Marteau
2008 Baby Blues as Dan
2008 Nucingen House as William Henry James III
2008 The Anarchist's Wife as Pierre
2007 Here's Looking at You, Boy as Himself
2006 The Boss of It All as Spencer
2005 Tara Road as Andy
2005 Cockles and Muscles as Didier
2005 Anecdotes from Europa as Interviewee
2004 CQ2 (Seek You Too) as Steven
2003 Saltimbank as Frédéric Saltim
2003 Dogville as Man with the big Hat
2002 Les fils de Marie as Paul
2002 The Red Siren as Hugo
2000 The Name of This Film Is Dogme95 as Himself
2000 Too Much Flesh as Lyle
2000 Dancer in the Dark as Norman
1999 Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday
1998 Ça ne se refuse pas as Alex
1998 What I Did for Love as Marc
1998 The Scarlet Tunic as Matthaus Singer
1998 St. Ives as Captain Jacques de Keroual de Saint-Yves
1997 Tranceformer: A Portrait of Lars von Trier
1996 Breaking the Waves as Terry
1996 Marching in Darkness as Silvio Roatto
1996 L'Echappée belle as Emmanuel Barnes
1994 Le fils préféré as Philippe
1994 Les faussaires as Jack Baker
1992 The Plague as Jean Tarrou
1991 Europa as Leopold Kessler
1991 Blaze
1988 The Big Blue as Jacques Mayol
1987 Hope and Glory as Cpl. Bruce Carrey
1987 Maurice as French colleague

Directing

2012 Sexual Chronicles of a French Family Director
2011 American Translation Director
2006 One to Another Director
2001 Being Light Director
2000 Too Much Flesh Director
1999 Lovers Director

Production

Cut Off Associate Producer
1999 Lovers Producer

Camera

2006 One to Another Director of Photography
2002 Baby Einstein: Baby Beethoven - Symphony of Fun Camera Operator

Writing

2000 Too Much Flesh Writer
1999 Lovers Author

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