Biography

Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former French international footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his professional footballing career at Manchester United, where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.

Cantona is often regarded as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force and he enjoys iconic status at the club. He wore the number 7 shirt at United, which was previously worn by George Best and Bryan Robson, and subsequently worn by David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans "King Eric", and was voted as Manchester United's greatest ever player by Inside United magazine. Set against his footballing achievements was a poor disciplinary record throughout his career, including a conviction for assault on a fan in 1995.

Following his retirement from football, he took up a career in cinema and had a role in the 1998 film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and the 2009 film Looking for Eric.

In 2010, he debuted as a stage actor in Face au paradis, a French play directed by his wife, Rachida Brakni.

On 19 January 2011, Cantona joined the revived New York Cosmos as Director of Soccer.

Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former French international footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his professional footballing career at Manchester United, where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles.

Cantona is often regarded as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force and he enjoys iconic status at the club. He wore the number 7 shirt at United, which was previously worn by George Best and Bryan Robson, and subsequently worn by David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans "King Eric", and was voted as Manchester United's greatest ever player by Inside United magazine. Set against his footballing achievements was a poor disciplinary record throughout his career, including a conviction for assault on a fan in 1995.

Following his retirement from football, he took up a career in cinema and had a role in the 1998 film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and the 2009 film Looking for Eric.

In 2010, he debuted as a stage actor in Face au paradis, a French play directed by his wife, Rachida Brakni.

On 19 January 2011, Cantona joined the revived New York Cosmos as Director of Soccer.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 45

Birthday 1966-05-24

Place of Birth Marseille, France

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2019 Le Voyageur as Thomas Bareski
2019 Ulysse & Mona as Ulysse
2017 Anka as Brazilian
2016 The Blues: Another Story of France
2016 Marie and the Misfits
2015 Looking for Alger as Himself
2015 Les Rois du monde as Jacky
2014 The Salvation as Corsican
2014 Looking for Rio as Himself
2013 Looking for Athènes as Himself
2013 The Class Of '92 as Himself
2013 Délit de fuite as Paul
2013 The Stone Roses: Made of Stone as Himself
2013 You and the Night as L'Étalon
2012 Looking for Buenos Aires as Himself
2012 Hip Moves as Michel
2012 Les rebelles du foot as Eric Cantona
2012 Porn in the Hood as L'entraineur de foot
2012 Looking for Barcelona as Himself
2012 Looking for Istanbul as Himself
2011 Force as Manuel Makarov
2011 Switch as Damien Forgeat
2011 Looking for Milano as Himself
2010 Eric Cantona: Looking For Manchester as Himself
2010 Looking for Manchester as Himself
2010 Together Is Too Much as Gérard
2009 Death List as Michaël Lombardi
2009 Looking for Eric as Himself
2008 French Film as Thierry Grimandi
2008 Jack Says as Man At Bar
2008 Papillon noir as Jack
2007 The Second Wind as Alban
2006 Lisa et le pilote d'avion as Fando
2005 La vie est à nous ! as Pierre "L'oiseau bleu"
2002 Manchester United: The Official History 1878-2002
2002 The Football Years (6 episodes)
2002 The Overeater as Le commissaire Séléna
2001 La Grande vie ! as Joueur de pétanque 2
1999 The Children of the Marshland as Jo Sardi
1998 Mookie as Antoine Capella
1998 Elizabeth as Monsieur de Foix
1998 Les Enfoirés 1998 - Enfoirés en cœur
1997 Manchester United - Official Review 1996/97 - Champions Again! as Himself (archive footage)
1995 Happiness Is in the Field as Lionel
1994 Eric the King

Production

2015 Looking for Alger Producer
2012 Les rebelles du foot Co-Producer
2012 Looking for Istanbul Producer
2006 Lisa et le pilote d'avion Producer

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