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Born: August 3, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: director, actor, screenwriter, editor

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A Parisian-born actor, director, writer, and producer who has worked in both the Hollywood and French film worlds, Mathieu Kassovitz initially became known to American audiences for his turn as the poetically named Nino Quincampoix, the romantic interest in the whimsical Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed French comedy "Amélie" in 2001. Prior to that, he had a fruitful collaboration with writer-director Jacques Audiard, who cast him as the lead in the mid-90s dramas "See How They Fall" and "A Self-Made Hero." Although Kassovitz got his start, and has his longest resume, as an actor, he's also put together an impressive directorial career. In 1995, his urban drama "La Haine" garnered great attention at the Cannes Film Festival, winning Kassovitz the Best Director award, and he followed it up with the controversial 1997 crime movie "Assassin(s)," in which he himself played the lead. He directed French stars Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel (whom he also collaborated with in "La Haine") in the thriller "The Crimson Rivers," and, in the U.S., he worked with such stars as Halle Berry and Robert Downey, Jr., in 2003's supernatural "Gothika," and Vin Diesel in 2008's apocalyptic "Babylon A.D.." As an actor, Kassovitz...

A Parisian-born actor, director, writer, and producer who has worked in both the Hollywood and French film worlds, Mathieu Kassovitz initially became known to American audiences for his turn as the poetically named Nino Quincampoix, the romantic interest in the whimsical Jean-Pierre Jeunet-directed French comedy "Amélie" in 2001. Prior to that, he had a fruitful collaboration with writer-director Jacques Audiard, who cast him as the lead in the mid-90s dramas "See How They Fall" and "A Self-Made Hero." Although Kassovitz got his start, and has his longest resume, as an actor, he's also put together an impressive directorial career. In 1995, his urban drama "La Haine" garnered great attention at the Cannes Film Festival, winning Kassovitz the Best Director award, and he followed it up with the controversial 1997 crime movie "Assassin(s)," in which he himself played the lead. He directed French stars Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel (whom he also collaborated with in "La Haine") in the thriller "The Crimson Rivers," and, in the U.S., he worked with such stars as Halle Berry and Robert Downey, Jr., in 2003's supernatural "Gothika," and Vin Diesel in 2008's apocalyptic "Babylon A.D.." As an actor, Kassovitz collaborated with Steven Spielberg in the lauded 2005 dramatic thriller "Munich," and with Steven Soderbergh in the 2012 action film "Haywire."

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DIRECTOR:

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  Gothika (2003) Director
2.
  Crimson Rivers, The (2000) Director
4.
  Assassin(s) (1997) Director
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  La Haine (1995) Director
6.
  Cafe Au Lait (1993) Director
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  Assassins (1992) Director
8.
  White Nightmare (1991) Director
9.
  Fierrot le Pou (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Haywire (2012)
2.
 Le Guetteur (2012)
3.
 Louise-Michel (2008)
4.
 Amen (2002) Riccardo Fontana
5.
 Birthday Girl (2001) Yuri
6.
 Amelie (2001) Nino Quicampoix
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 Jakob the Liar (1999) Herschel
8.
 Plaisir, Le (1998) Roland
9.
 Assassin(s) (1997) Max
10.
 Mon Homme (1997) Client
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1979:
Feature film debut, "Au bout du bout du banc"; co-starring Jane Birkin and directed by his father, Peter Kassovitz
1989:
Was the second assistant director to Paul Boujnah on "Moitie-Moitie"
1990:
First short film, "Fierrot le Pou"
1991:
Directed the short "Cauchemar blanc"
1993:
Feature directorial debut "Metisse/Cafe au Lait"; also acted in the film
1995:
Acted opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant in "Regarde les hommes tomber"
1995:
Breakthrough feature as writer/director, the controversial French film "La Haine"
1997:
Had a featured role in Luc Besson's "The Fifth Element"
1999:
Appeared in "Jakob the Liar," directed by his father, Peter Kassovitz
2000:
Directed "Les Rivières Pourpres," a police detective thriller starring Jean Reno and Vincent Cassel
2000:
With Luc Besson and Jan Kounen, established 1B2K, a production company with offices in Paris and Los Angeles
2001:
Cast in the role of Nino Quincampoix in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's critically-acclaimed French film "Amélie"
2001:
Co-starred with Nicole Kidman in "Birthday Girl"
2002:
Starred in the Costa-Gavras directed film "Eyewitness"
2003:
Directed Halle Berry in the psychological thriller "Gothika"
2003:
Played one of the lead roles in Costa-Gavras' "Amen"
2005:
Portrayed a conflicted Belgian explosives expert in Steven Spielberg's controversial film "Munich"
2008:
Directed the science fiction film "Babylon A.D.," based on the novel "Babylon Babies" by Maurice Georges Dantec
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Notes

Is it hard for him to play a romantic lead? "Yes. It's difficult for me because that's not really in my nature. It's hard for me to be a romantic on camera without giving the impression that I'm a bit of a jerk, you know - stupid." --From an interview of Matthieu Kassovitz by Stuart Jeffries in The Guardian, August 6, 2001.

."You know, in my wildest dreams I would love to direct a film with Edward Norton, Robert De Niro and Marlon Brando. I'd give everything to say to Brando: "Hey Marlon, when you reply to Robert..." I've worked with some of the greatest French actors - Michel Serrault, Vincent Cassel, Jean Reno - but that doesn't mean I only want to work with them." --Kassovitz to Stuart Jeffries in The Guardian, August 6, 2001.

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wife:
Julie Mauduech. Actor. Together in the early 1990s; acted in Kassovitz's "Metisse/Cafe-au-lait" (1993); separated shortly after for seven years; reunited c. 2000.

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father:
Peter Kassovitz. Director.

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