Lambert at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, 2009
|Born||Christophe Guy Denis Lambert
29 March 1957
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Christophe Guy Denis "Christopher" Lambert (born 29 March 1957) is a French actor who has appeared in American, as well as French and other European productions. He is best known for his role as Connor MacLeod, or simply "The Highlander", from the movie and subsequent movie franchise series of the same name. He is also known for his roles as Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and as the thunder god Raiden in the first movie adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat.
He is credited internationally as Christopher Lambert, with the exceptions of French-speaking countries, where he is known as Christophe Lambert.
After appearing in supporting parts in several French films, Christopher Lambert was discovered by international audiences when director Hugh Hudson cast him in the title role of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). That same year, he also played his first lead role in a French film by appearing opposite Catherine Deneuve in Paroles et musique. In 1985, Lambert played the male lead in Luc Besson's Subway, for which he was awarded a César Award for Best Actor the next year. Highlander (1986), in which he starred as Connor MacLeod, was an international success, as well as his most famous role. He appeared in all three sequels that were released in cinemas – although he was not in the 2007 movie made for the Sci-Fi Channel – and had a cameo appearance in the pilot episode of the television series.
The Sicilian, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Lambert as Salvatore Giuliano, was released in 1987, and was less successful than his previous pictures, receiving a lukewarm reception by critics and being only marginally profitable. To Kill a Priest, in which he played a character based on Jerzy Popiełuszko, was well received by critics but was a financial failure. Lacking a recent box-office success, Lambert agreed to appear in the first Highlander sequel, Highlander II: The Quickening, which was poorly received.
During the 1990s, Lambert starred in action, thriller and science fiction films such as Knight Moves, Fortress (1993), Gunmen (1994) and Mean Guns (1997), and the Italian-produced Nirvana (1997). His filmography included low-budget films such as Adrenalin: Fear the Rush, which were generally poorly received by critics. Some of his films enjoyed only direct-to-video release. In the course of that decade, Lambert also occasionally appeared in French films such as Max et Jérémie (fr) (1992).
In 1995, he played the role of the thunder god Raiden in a movie adaptation of the popular video game series Mortal Kombat. Lambert was interested in reprising his character in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but he was committed to his role in Beowulf (1999), and the role was given to James Remar.
Lambert had a role in the Marvel Comics film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012). He underwent "sword training for 3 months" and shaved his head. Shortly afterwards, he appeared as Marcel Janvier, alias "the Chameleon", in 6 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Lambert was married to Diane Lane from October 1988 to 1994. They have a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine. He married Jaiymse Haft on 6 February 1999. Since 2007, Lambert has been in a relationship with Sophie Marceau, with whom he appeared in La disparue de Deauville. They married in 2012 and announced their amicable separation on July 11, 2014.
Lambert has profound myopia and cannot see without his glasses. Because he cannot wear contact lenses, he is often forced to act while virtually blind. This has led to injuries while performing his own stunts without glasses. His myopia is often credited as being part of his appeal, by giving his stare a peculiar charm.
Along with owning a mineral water business and food processing plant, Lambert produces Côtes-du-Rhône wines with partner Eric Beaumard at a vineyard located in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, France. Beaumard has primary creative control of the winery, but Lambert conducts barrel tests and monitors the various stages of evolution.
Lambert is also sole owner of Lamb Bear Productions, the name of the company is a play on his name "pronounced Lamb-bear".
|1963||Who's Minding the Store?||Child Actor||Uncredited|
|1979||Ciao, les mecs||Un loubard à la soirée dansante||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1980||Telephone Bar, TheThe Telephone Bar||Paul "Bébé" Franchi||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|Asphalt||Un médecin à l'hôpital / The doctor||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|sale affaire, UneUne sale affaire||Mullard||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|Putain d'histoire d'amour||Inspecteur de police||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1982||Légitime violence||Jockey||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|Cinéma 16||Marcel||TV (1 Episode)|
|1984||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||John Clayton / Tarzan|
|1985||Paroles et musique||Jeremy||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|Subway||Fred||César Award for Best Actor Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1986||Highlander||Connor MacLeod / Russell Nash|
|I Love You||Michel||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1987||Sicilian, TheThe Sicilian||Salvatore Giuliano|
|To Kill a Priest||Father Alek|
|1990||Why Me?||Gus Cardinale|
|1991||Highlander II: The Quickening||Connor MacLeod|
|1992||Knight Moves||Peter Sanderson|
|1992||Highlander: The Series||Connor MacLeod||TV (one episode)|
|1992||Max et Jérémie (fr)||Jeremie Kolachowsky||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Man with Car Phone||Uncredited|
|1993||Fortress||John Henry Brennick|
|1994||Highlander III: The Sorcerer||Connor MacLeod / Russell Nash|
|1995||Hunted, TheThe Hunted||Paul Racine|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Lord Raiden|
|1995||Nine Months||Executive Producer|
|1996||North Star||Hudson Saanteek||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1996||Adrenalin: Fear the Rush||Lemieux|
|1996||Hercule et Sherlock||Vincent||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1997||Arlette||Frank Martin||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1999||Operation Splitsville||Max, P.E. Teacher|
|1999||Gideon||Gideon Oliver Dobbs|
|2000||Fortress 2: Re-Entry||John Henry Brennick|
|2000||Highlander: Endgame||Connor MacLeod|
|2001||Vercingétorix||Vercingetorix||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2001||Mazinkaiser||Additional Voices||Video game|
|2001||Point Men, TheThe Point Men||Tony Eckhardt|
|2002||King of Bandit Jing||Additional Voices||Television miniseries, credited as Chris Lambert|
|2002||Piano Player, TheThe Piano Player||Alex Laney|
|2003||Absolon||Detective Norman Scot|
|2003||Janis and John||Léon|
|2004||Á ton image||Thomas|
|2005||Dalida||Richard Chanfray, dit le comte de Saint-Germain||Television miniseries|
|2006||Day of Wrath||Ruy de Mendoza|
|2006||Southland Tales||Walter Mung|
|2006||Lièvre de Vatanen, LeLe Lièvre de Vatanen||Tom Vatanen||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2007||Trivial||Jacques||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2008||Cartagena||Cine Nomine||Thelma Films, Arte France Cinéma|
|2009||White Material||Andre Vial||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2009||Associés, LesLes Associés||Philippe Kaminski||Television film; credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2009||L'homme de chevet||Leo||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2010||Secret of the Whales, TheThe Secret of the Whales||Chris Cassell||Television film|
|2012||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Methodius|
|2012||Dark Star Hollow|
|2012||Blood Shot||The President|
|2012–2013||NCIS: Los Angeles||Marcel Janvier / The Chameleon||TV series (6 episodes)|
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- Peplums info : Vercingétorix
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- "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 13 January 2011.
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- "La bonne étoile de Christophe Lambert (French language)". TVMag.com. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
- Dougherty, Margot; David Hutchings (13 February 1989). "Diane Lane, with a New Husband and No Fear of Flying, Takes Wing Again in Lonesome Dove". People. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
- Atkinson, Michael (2008). Exile cinema: filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood. SUNY Press. pp. 82–86.
- From Süddeutsche Magazin
- "From Apeman to Mogul". EW.com. 23 September 1993.
- La Disparue de Deauville
- "The Foreigner (I) (2012)". Retrieved 11 November 2012.