Christian Clavier biography
Date of Birth: May 6, 1952
Born in Paris, France, Christian, the brother of director Stéphane Clavier, began working on his
craft while in Pasteur de Neuilly college, with fellow actors Michel Blanc, Dominique Lavanant,
Marie-Anne Chazel, Gérard Jugnot, Josiane Balasko, and Thierry Lhermitte.
The group would form
the troupe Splendid and perform plays at a local theater.
Their performances and plays became so
popular that they remade the play d'Amours, coquillages et crustacés into a feature film entitled
Clavier continued to land small roles in films, focusing mainly on comedies such as Que la fête
commence, F comme Fairbanks. In 1982, Clavier hit a turning point in his career after the film,
Père Noël est une ordure.
While filming, he met director Jean-Marie Poiré, who helped launch
his career into super stardom.
Starting with the starring role of Michel Taupin in Papy fait
de la Résistance, he went on with Poiré to star in other hit films like Twist again à
Moscou and L'Opération Corned-Beef.
Corned-Beef introduced Clavier to actor Jean Reno - a meeting which eventually led to the
French blockbuster, Les Visiteurs (1993). The comedy, about a noble knight and his servant
from the medieval period who are jetted into the future, proved so popular among the masses,
that a sequel was made in the States seven years later, called Just Visiting, with the duo
performed by the same acting pair.
Through the years he has also made a number of appearances on French television films like
L'Eté 36, Mieux vaut courir, Les Gens ne sont pas forcément ignobles and the
mini-series, Les Misérables, playing Thénardier.
In 1999 he joined forces with French acting legend Gerard Depardieu in the film Astérix et
Obélix contre César.
Playing Astérix, one half of the famous and funny but heroic Viking pair,
the film fared well in France, and Clavier was called in to reprise his role in the sequel,
stérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopatre, in 2001.
Christian Clavier Filmography