Christopher Lambert

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Christopher Lambert
Christopher Lambert - 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
Born Christophe Guy Denis Lambert
(1957-03-29) 29 March 1957 (age 57)
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Diane Lane
(1988–1994)
Jaimyse Haft
(1999–2000)
Sophie Marceau
(2012–present)
Children 1

Christophe Guy Denis "Christopher" Lambert (born 29 March 1957)[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Lambert was born in Great Neck, New York.[1] His father was a diplomat in the United Nations. Lambert grew up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4][5] In the course of that decade, Lambert also occasionally appeared in French films such as Max et Jérémie (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.

In 2001, he played the lead role of Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix in the France-Canada production Druids, which was a critical and financial failure.[6]

Lambert is also active as a film producer and has produced French films such as Patrick Braoudé's Génial, mes parents divorcent (1990) and Neuf mois (1994).[7]

In 2009, Lambert was a lead in Claire Denis' White Material; both the film and Lambert's performance received critical acclaim.[8][9][10]

Lambert had a role in the Marvel Comics film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012).[11] He underwent "sword training for 3 months"[12] and shaved his head.[13] Shortly afterwards, he appeared as Marcel Janvier, alias "the Chameleon", in 6 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Lambert was married to Diane Lane from October 1988[14] to 1994.[1] They have a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine.[1] He married Jaiymse Haft on 6 February 1999.[1] Since 2007, Lambert has been in a relationship with Sophie Marceau, with whom he appeared in La disparue de Deauville.[15] They married in 2012.[16]

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.[17] His myopia is often credited as being part of his appeal, by giving his stare a peculiar charm.[18]

Winery[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Production company[edit]

Lambert is also sole owner of Lamb Bear Productions, the name of the company is a play on his name "pronounced Lamb-bear".

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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
1981 Douchka TV Movie
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
1988 Love Dream Menrou
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 & Jeremie Jeremie Kolachowsky Credited as Christophe Lambert
1992 Gunmen Dani Servigo
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Man with Car Phone Uncredited
1993 Fortress John Henry Brennick
1994 Roadflower Jack
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 Nirvana Jimi Dini
1997 Arlette Frank Martin Credited as Christophe Lambert
1997 Mean Guns Lou
1999 Operation Splitsville Max, P.E. Teacher
1999 Resurrection John Prudhomme
1999 Beowulf Beowulf
1999 Gideon Gideon Oliver Dobbs
2000 Fortress 2: Re-Entry John Henry Brennick
2000 Highlander: Endgame Connor MacLeod
2001 Aparté Short Film
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 Metamorphosis Constantine Thurzo
2007 Trivial Jacques Credited as Christophe Lambert
2008 The Chauffeur Devereaux
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 The Foreigner[19] Vincent
2012–2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Marcel Janvier / The Chameleon TV series (6 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Christopher Lambert Biography (1957–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ César Awards official site, last accessed 21 November 2007
  3. ^ Ecranlarge.com – Portrait : Christophe Lambert
  4. ^ Christopher Lambert interview
  5. ^ What Ever Happened To... Christopher Lambert?
  6. ^ Peplums info : Vercingétorix
  7. ^ Christophe Lambert : portrait d'un acteur français de talent
  8. ^ "Review: Running Scared: Claire Denis' White Material". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "How Christophe Lambert went from action flops to arthouse acclaim". The Guardian. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Announcement of Ghost Rider 2 casting". Official Christopher Lambert Website. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ghost Rider 2 Casting Updates: Ciaran Hinds, Iris Elba, Johnny Whitworth & Christopher Lambert". Fusedfilm.com. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "La bonne étoile de Christophe Lambert (French language)". TVMag.com. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ Atkinson, Michael (2008). Exile cinema: filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood. SUNY Press. pp. 82–86. 
  16. ^ From Süddeutsche Magazin
  17. ^ "From Apeman to Mogul". EW.com. 23 September 1993. 
  18. ^ La Disparue de Deauville
  19. ^ "The Foreigner (I) (2012)". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Miles O'Keeffe
in Tarzan, the Ape Man
Actors to portray Tarzan
1984
in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Succeeded by
Joe Lara
in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures