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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 6, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brussels, BE Profession: actor, journalist, artist, philosopher

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Of Russian-Belgian heritage, Patrick Bauchau cut a dashingly handsome, urbane figure on screen in leading and supporting roles. Tall, with striking looks and a lightly-accented, deep voice, he first made a splash right out of Oxford when cast by Eric Rohmer in "La Collectionneuse" (1967) as part of a romantic triangle. Although the film should have launched his career, he and his co-stars were dismissed as real-life quintessential hippies who had allowed themselves to be used by the director. Bauchau did find a second role in the little seen Spanish film "Tuset Street" (1968), but his subsequent diagnosis with hepatitis lend to his dropping out of acting for several years. In the interim, he variously worked as a journalist (contributing to FILM CULTURE) and crafted furniture, pillows and stuffed animals for famed artist Salvador Dali. Resuming his career with a role opposite Delphine Seyrig in a French made-for-TV-movie, Bauchau returned to the big screen in 1980 in "Guns". A more significant part in Wim Wenders' "The State of Things" (1982), a behind-the-scenes story of a movie crew remaking Roger Corman's "The Day the World Ended" in Portugal, boosted his stock. Lending his unique cosmopolitan...

Of Russian-Belgian heritage, Patrick Bauchau cut a dashingly handsome, urbane figure on screen in leading and supporting roles. Tall, with striking looks and a lightly-accented, deep voice, he first made a splash right out of Oxford when cast by Eric Rohmer in "La Collectionneuse" (1967) as part of a romantic triangle. Although the film should have launched his career, he and his co-stars were dismissed as real-life quintessential hippies who had allowed themselves to be used by the director. Bauchau did find a second role in the little seen Spanish film "Tuset Street" (1968), but his subsequent diagnosis with hepatitis lend to his dropping out of acting for several years. In the interim, he variously worked as a journalist (contributing to FILM CULTURE) and crafted furniture, pillows and stuffed animals for famed artist Salvador Dali.

Resuming his career with a role opposite Delphine Seyrig in a French made-for-TV-movie, Bauchau returned to the big screen in 1980 in "Guns". A more significant part in Wim Wenders' "The State of Things" (1982), a behind-the-scenes story of a movie crew remaking Roger Corman's "The Day the World Ended" in Portugal, boosted his stock. Lending his unique cosmopolitan charms to a multitude of roles in several languages in films of varying quality, the actor remained constantly employed. He made an impression as the hapless spouse of Miou-Miou in Diane Kurys' "Entre Nous" (1983) and as a French gangster in his American debut in Alan Rudolph's "Choose Me" (1984). But for every "A View to a Kill" (1985), there was a "Creepers" (also 1985), for every decent supporting role (e.g., the cuckolded husband in "Australia" 1989), there was another that made critics and audiences scratch their collective heads (i.e., "Every Breath" 1994). Writer-director Michael Tolkin offered Bauchau interesting roles as the amoral boyfriend dumped by Mimi Rogers in "The Rapture" (1991) and as a spiritual guide to an upscale couple in "The New Age" (1994). He offered strong performances as an outspoken gay priest in the Brazilian film "Jenipapo/The Interview" and a filmmaker whose disappearance sets off a chain of events in Wenders' "Lisbon Story" (both 1995).

The debonair actor also made inroads in American television with featured roles in the miniseries "Christopher Columbus" (CBS, 1985) and "Kane & Abel" (CBS, 1985). Bauchau appeared in a modern-day vampire story "Blood Ties" (Fox, 1991) that in some ways was a warm-up for his first regular series role, as the head of a contemporary family of the undead in the short-lived 1996 Fox series "Kindred: The Embraced". Later that fall, he accepted perhaps his best-known role, Dr. Sydney Green, the scientist who nurtured gifted children including Jarod, the titular character, in "The Pretender" (NBC, 1996-2000). Bauchau lent his distinctive flair to the character who functions as a surrogate father to Michael T Weiss' Jarod, creating a rarity for American TV, a multi-dimensional, ambiguous figure who combines charisma with a hint of danger, a complicated person who has been morally compromised.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Big Ass Spider! (2013)
2.
 Get the Gringo (2012)
4.
5.
 2012 (2009)
6.
 Ladrones (2007)
7.
 Karla (2007)
8.
 Suzanne (2007)
9.
10.
 Gray Man, The (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to Paris after graduating from Oxford
1966:
Feature acting debut, "La Collectionneuse", directed by Eric Rohmer
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Diagnosed with hepatitis after completing the Spanish film "Tuset Street"
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Created furniture and pillows for artist Salvador Dali
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Worked as an artist and journalist
1980:
Return to acting in films after 14 years, "Guns"
1982:
Received renewed attention for his work in Wim Wenders' "The State of Things"
1983:
Acted in Diane Kurys' "Entre Nous"
1984:
US feature debut, "Choose Me"
1985:
Debut in a TV miniseries, "Christopher Columbus" (CBS)
1985:
Appeared in the James Bond thriller "A View to a Kill"
1987:
American TV-movie debut, "Love Among Thieves"
1991:
Co-starred in Michael Tolkin's "The Rapture"
1991:
Starred in the Fox TV-movie about a family of vampires, "Blood Ties"
1993:
Portrayed Dr. Luc Montagnier in the HBO drama "And the Band Played On"
1994:
Reteamed with Tolkin for "The New Age"
1995:
Played an outspoken priest in the Brazilian film "The Interview"
1995:
Appeared in Wenders' "Lisbon Story"
1996:
Co-starred in short-lived Fox vampire series "Kindred: The Embraced"
1996:
Cast in regular role of Dr. Sydney Green, a scientist in charge of gifted children, in NBC drama series "The Pretender"
1999:
Had small role as a doctor in the independent feature "Twin Falls Idaho"
2000:
Appeared in "The Cell"
2004:
Cast in the action thriller "Shade," set in the L.A. scene of poker hustlers
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Education

University of Oxford: Oxford , England -

Notes

He is fluent in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German and Italian

"I was always getting kicked out of schools, so I lived with various relatives from time to time, including my grandfather in the Bauchau chateau. I learned to fit into new environemnts very quickly; this give you an independent approach to life. It was interesting, the amount of freedom I gained, because no one could keep up with me. Even today, I am the only member of my family who speaks English." --Patrick Bauchau quoted in FILM COMMENT, July-August 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Mijanou Bauchau. Screenwriter. Sister of actress Brigitte Bardot.
companion:
Assumpta Serna. Actor. Spanish.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Henri Bauchau. Psychoanalyst, author, former school headmaster,. Served as officer in Belgian underground during WWII; born c. 1915.
mother:
Mary Kozyrev. Russian; deceased.
sister-in-law:
Brigitte Bardot. Actor.
daughter:
Camille Bauchau. Mother, Mijanou Bauchau.
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