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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 16, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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This French actor-writer-director's international reputation grew steadily in the 1990s, particularly after the release of "Grosse Fatigue" (1994), a comedy about a leading actor whose life is turned macabre when a look-a-like wreaks havoc. Key to the twist in the film was that "auteur" Michel Blanc used real actors and personalities, such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Roman Polanski, portraying themselves, yet in scripted roles. The film won Blanc the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival.

This French actor-writer-director's international reputation grew steadily in the 1990s, particularly after the release of "Grosse Fatigue" (1994), a comedy about a leading actor whose life is turned macabre when a look-a-like wreaks havoc. Key to the twist in the film was that "auteur" Michel Blanc used real actors and personalities, such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Roman Polanski, portraying themselves, yet in scripted roles. The film won Blanc the Best Screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Escort, The (2000) Director
2.
  Dead Tired (1994) Director
3.
  Marche a l'ombre (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Minister, The (2012)
5.
 Nos 18 Ans (2008)
6.
7.
 Witnesses, The (2007)
8.
 Second Wind (2007)
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Founding member "Le Splendide" theatre group
1975:
Early screen appearance, "La Meilleure facon de marcher/The Best Way to Walk"
1976:
Played supporting role in Roman Polanski's "The Tenant"
1978:
Directed by Jeanne Moreau in "L'Adolescente"
1980:
First produced screenplay (also starred), "Viens chez moi j'habite chez une copine"
1982:
Starred in "Ma femme's s'appele reviens/Singles" from his screenplay
1983:
Co-starred with Jerry Lewis in "Retenez moi...ou je fais un malheur/To Catch a Cop"
1984:
Feature directorial debut, "Marche a l'ombre"; also wrote and starred
1986:
Breakthrough acting role, "Menage"
1989:
English-language film, "Strike It Rich"
1991:
Co-starred with John Gielgud in "Prospero's Books"
1994:
Directed, wrote and starred in "Grosse Fatigue"
1995:
Appeared on stage as Shylock in "The Merchant of Venice" in Nantes
1999:
Directed first English-language film, "The Escort" starring Daniel Auteuil
2007:
Co-starred in André Téchiné's "The Witnesses/Les Témoins"
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Notes

"He has always played the tiny, poor little guy who suffers because he is ugly. He's extremely well known for these parts. People say 'Poor Michel.'" --Actress Carole Bouquet in The New York Times, July 9, 1995.

"I'm not one of those to complain. I am very happy to be known." --Michel Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995.

"I can't step in for Paul Newman, and he can't step in for me, so that's fine." --Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995.

"I'm sometimes recognized in New York. People come and say, 'Are you that French actor?' So that can be good." --Blanc in The New York Times, July 9, 1995.

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