Antoine de Caunes

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Antoine de Caunes
Antoine de Caunes 2013.jpg
Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born (1953-12-01) December 1, 1953 (age 61)[1]
Occupation Television presenter and film actor and director
Parents Georges de Caunes and Jacqueline Joubert

Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953 in Paris) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director.[2][3][4][5] He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.


He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.[6]

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo".[7][8] He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4.[9][10] He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies, which he claimed to be "a French lollipop, on a very British stick".

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.

He has been a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Soirées de l'humour — Solidarité sida.

Film actor[edit]

Portrait of de Caunes.
  • Pentimento (1989)
  • Les deux papas et la maman (1996)
  • C'est pour la bonne cause! (1997)
  • La divine poursuite (1997)
  • L'homme est une femme comme les autres (1998)
  • Au coeur du mensonge (1999)
  • Chili con carne (1999)
  • Là-bas... mon pays (2000)
  • Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert (2001) (narrator)
  • Blanche (2002)
  • Les clefs de bagnole (2003)
  • Kaamelott "Dagonet" (2005-2009)
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

Film director[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Observer Profile: Antoine de Caunes | Interviews | Film". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ Film (2004-04-12). "Steeckler for accuracy". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b Rose, Toby (2008-06-25). "France laps up De Caunes' tears of a clown | Film |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  5. ^ Weinberg, Kate (2009-03-02). "Culture Clinic: Antoine de Caunes". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  6. ^ Les Morsures de L’Aube,
  7. ^ James Rampton (1996-02-17). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  8. ^ Serena Mackesy (1997-05-03). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Le dude | From the Guardian |". London: Guardian. 1999-05-08. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  10. ^ Conway, Susannah (2002-04-23). "Jean Paul Gaultier turns fifty | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  11. ^ Lichfield, John (2008-10-16). "Film tells tale of comedian's bid for power - News - Films". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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