Lambert Wilson

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Lambert Wilson
Lambert Wilson 2011 2.jpg
Lambert Wilson in 2011
Born (1958-08-03) 3 August 1958 (age 56)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present

Lambert Wilson (born 3 August 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) is a French actor. He is internationally known for his portrayal of The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Wilson is the son of Georges Wilson, who was an actor, theatrical manager and director of the Theatre National de Paris.[1]

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Wilson screen tested for The Living Daylights (1987) for the role of James Bond, appearing in test footage opposite Maryam d'Abo (the Bond girl in The Living Daylights) as Tatiana Romanova, re-enacting scenes from From Russia with Love (1963). Wilson was also featured in a series of Calvin Klein ads featuring Christy Turlington for Eternity in 1991, as well as a poster ad for Eternity in 1998.

Wilson released the album Musicals on the EMI label in 1989 (re-issued in 2004), with John McGlinn conducting Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo. It features him singing songs of the American Musical Theatre catalogue, those well-known ("Maria" from West Side Story, "There but for You Go I" from Lerner & Loewe's Brigadoon, "The Cafe Song" from Les Misérables, "Johanna" from Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd), rare ("Love Song" from Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's Love Life, "It Must Be So" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide, and "Silly People", which was cut from Sondheim's A Little Night Music), and those in-between ("Finishing the Hat" from Sunday in the Park with George, "You Do Something to Me" from Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen, "Never Will I Marry" from Frank Loesser's Greenwillow).

He has directed stage presentations of Alfred de Musset's Les Caprices de Marianne starring Laure Marsac at Paris' Bouffes du Nord as well as Jean Racine's Bérénice starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Didier Sandre at Avignon and then Chaillot.

In November 2012 he was selected as a member of the main competition jury at the 2012 International Film Festival of Marrakech.

In April 2013, Wilson was invited by MINUSTAH (the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti) to visit Haiti in the capacity of helping with various UN-backed environment and cultural programmes. While in Haiti, Wilson maintained a daily blog (http://minustah.tumblr.com)

Wilson was honored with the position of Master of ceremonies for the 67th Festival de Cannes in 2014.

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