Biography

Christian Clavier is a French actor, screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is the brother of French film director Stéphane Clavier.

After his high class studies at the Neuilly Lycée Pasteur—though asserted here and there, he never studied at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) —he started his actor career with the comedic theater troupe Splendid, which had hits with films like Les Bronzés font du ski and Le Père Noël est une ordure.

His most notable success without the Splendid group, and by far his biggest hit to date, was in the 1993 film les Visiteurs, where he played a character known as Jacquouille la fripouille; the character's cry of "Okkkayyy!!" became a popular exclamation after the movie's success.

After les Visiteurs he was a certified star, participating in big-budget films like Astérix et Obélix contre César, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, and the sequel and remake of Visiteurs. He also played several dramatic roles on television, including M. Thénardier in Les Misérables (2000 television version) and Napoléon in a biographical television film.

Clavier has played in notable duos with: Jean Reno in les Visiteurs (the Visitors) and the US remake, Just Visiting, L'Opération Corned-Beef and L'Enquête corse (The Corsican investigation). Gérard Depardieu in Astérix et Obélix (Asterix and Obelix) and Les anges gardiens. He also runs a production company, Ouille Production.

He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 13 June 1998, and promoted Officier (Officer) in 2005. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2008.

He is a friend of former French président Nicolas Sarkozy, and recently emigrated to England as a result of Francois Hollande's punitive tax policy, mirrored in his Astérix co-star Gérard Depardieu's self-imposed exile to Belgium.

Christian Clavier is a French actor, screenwriter, film producer and film director. He is the brother of French film director Stéphane Clavier.

After his high class studies at the Neuilly Lycée Pasteur—though asserted here and there, he never studied at Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) —he started his actor career with the comedic theater troupe Splendid, which had hits with films like Les Bronzés font du ski and Le Père Noël est une ordure.

His most notable success without the Splendid group, and by far his biggest hit to date, was in the 1993 film les Visiteurs, where he played a character known as Jacquouille la fripouille; the character's cry of "Okkkayyy!!" became a popular exclamation after the movie's success.

After les Visiteurs he was a certified star, participating in big-budget films like Astérix et Obélix contre César, Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre, and the sequel and remake of Visiteurs. He also played several dramatic roles on television, including M. Thénardier in Les Misérables (2000 television version) and Napoléon in a biographical television film.

Clavier has played in notable duos with: Jean Reno in les Visiteurs (the Visitors) and the US remake, Just Visiting, L'Opération Corned-Beef and L'Enquête corse (The Corsican investigation). Gérard Depardieu in Astérix et Obélix (Asterix and Obelix) and Les anges gardiens. He also runs a production company, Ouille Production.

He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 13 June 1998, and promoted Officier (Officer) in 2005. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2008.

He is a friend of former French président Nicolas Sarkozy, and recently emigrated to England as a result of Francois Hollande's punitive tax policy, mirrored in his Astérix co-star Gérard Depardieu's self-imposed exile to Belgium.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1952-05-06

Place of Birth Paris, France

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Also Known As

  • Christian Jean-Marie Clavier

Acting TV ShowsMovies

Ibiza
Cédric as Pépé
2019 Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au bon Dieu ? as Claude Verneuil
2018 Asterix: The Magic Potion ’s Secret as Astérix (voice)
2018 Spirou & Fantasio's Big Adventures as Comte de Champignac
2017 Finding Momo as Alain Prioux
2017 With Open Arms as Jean-Etienne Fougerole
2017 If I Were a Boy as Docteur PACE
2017 A Bag of Marbles as Docteur Rosen
2016 The Visitors: Bastille Day as Jacquouille la Fripouille/Antoine-Claude Jacquouillet/Edmond Jacquart
2015 Babysitting 2 as Alain
2014 Do Not Disturb as Michel Leproux
2014 The Secret of Arkandias as Agenor Arkandias
2014 Serial (Bad) Weddings as Claude Verneuil
2013 Le bœuf clandestin as monsieur Berthaud
2013 Les affaires sont les affaires as Le marquis de Porcellet
2013 Serial Teachers as Cutiro / Serge Tirocul
2011 You Don't Choose Your Family as César
2011 La Cage aux folles as Georges
2009 Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme as Monsieur Jourdain
2009 Bitter Victory
2008 The Imaginary Invalid as Argan
2007 The Red Inn as Pierre Martin
2007 The Price to Pay as Jean-Pierre Ménard
2006 The Crown Prince as Premierminister Taaffe
2006 L'entente cordiale as François de La Conche
2006 French Fried Vacation 3 as Jérôme Tarayre
2006 Kronprinz Rudolf(2 episodes)
2005 The Antidote as Andre Morin
2004 The Corsican File as Jack Palmer
2004 Albert est méchant as Patrick Lechat
2003 Lovely Rita as Edgar Lamarck
2002 Napoleon(4 episodes) as Napoleone Bonaparte
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra as Astérix
2001 Just Visiting as Andre
2000 Les Misérables(4 episodes) as Thénardier
1999 Asterix & Obelix Take on Caesar as Astérix
1998 The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time as Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacques-Henri Jacquard / Prosper le Purineur / Jacouillet
1997 Les Sœurs soleil as un spectateur
1996 Panique au Plazza
1995 Guardian Angels as Père Hervé Tarain / His guardian angel
1994 Dead Tired as elle-même
1994 La vengeance d'une blonde as Gérard Bréha
1993 The Thirst for Gold as Urbain
1993 The Visitors as Jacquouille la Fripouille / Jacquard
1991 Les gens ne sont pas forcément ignobles as Pierre
1991 The Professional Secrets of Dr. Apfelgluck as L'avocat
1991 Operation Corned Beef as Jean-Jacques Granianski
1989 Fantômes sur l'oreiller as Brice Michaud
1989 Un fil à la patte (théâtre) as Fernand de Bois d'Enghien
1989 Les cigognes n'en font qu'à leur tête as le petit chef de la DDASS
1989 Mes meilleurs copains as Jean-Michel Tuilier
1988 Palace(2 episodes) as Chef Briffaud
1987 Double Mixte (1989) as acteur
1987 La Vie dissolue de Gérard Floque as Edouard
1986 Twist Again in Moscow as Iouri
1986 L'été 36 as Alexis
1985 Slices of Life as L'ami du dragueur / Charles-Henri / L'amant anti-chien
1985 Le Père Noël est une ordure as Katia (Jean-Jacques)
1983 Papy fait de la résistance as Michel Taupin
1982 Santa Claus Is a Stinker as Katia
1982 Elle voit des nains partout !
1981 Les babas cool as Antoine Bonfils
1980 Clara and Chics Types as Charles
1980 Rat Race
1979 French Fried Vacation 2 as Jérôme
1979 Heroes Are Not Wet Behind the Ears as The husband of the couple at the 2 CV
1978 French Fried Vacation as Dr Jérôme Tarayre
1977 This Sweet Sickness as François
1976 The Bottom Line as comédien en répétition (non crédité)
1976 F comme Fairbanks
1976 Attention les yeux ! as Cop
1975 C'est pas parce qu'on a rien dire qu'il faut fermer sa gueule as Le policier homosexuel
1973 The Year 01

Writing

2016 The Visitors: Bastille DayWriter
2011 You Don't Choose Your FamilyScenario Writer
2007 The Red InnScenario Writer
2006 French Fried Vacation 3Writer
2005 Empire of the WolvesScreenplay
2004 The Corsican FileScreenplay
2001 Just VisitingScreenplay
1998 The Visitors II: The Corridors of TimeScreenplay
1996 Panique au PlazzaAdaptation
1995 Guardian AngelsWriter
1993 The Thirst for GoldWriter
1993 The VisitorsScreenplay
1991 Operation Corned BeefWriter
1986 Twist Again in MoscowWriter
1985 Le Père Noël est une ordureWriter
1982 Santa Claus Is a StinkerWriter
1979 French Fried Vacation 2Writer
1978 French Fried VacationWriter

Directing

2011 You Don't Choose Your FamilyDirector

Production

2017 With Open ArmsProducer

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