Brontis Jodorowsky

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Brontis Jodorowsky
Born (1962-10-27) 27 October 1962 (age 56)
CitizenshipMexican, French
OccupationComedian, actor
Years active1970–present

Brontis Jodorowsky (born 27 October 1962) is a Mexican-French actor and theatre director. He is the son of Chilean-French writer, director and actor Alejandro Jodorowsky[1] and French actress Bernadette Landru.

Life and career[edit]

Jodorowsky was born in Mexico. His first film experience was a prominent role in his father's 1970 film El Topo.

When he was 12 years old, his father cast him in a planned film adaptation of Dune by Frank Herbert. He was trained to play the part of the novel's protagonist, Paul Atreides. He had been taught by Jean-Pierre Vignau, a famous French coach in Japanese jujitsu karate, judo, aikido and also with a variety of different knives and swords. His training was intensive: 6 hours a day, seven days a week over a period of two years until the film project was shelved. Brontis also revealed that this training was painful and merciless.[2]

Jodorowsky received his acting training in Parisian theatres and at the Conservatoire du XIVe. In 2011 he attended a three-month workshop at the New York Film Academy and in 2013 graduated at the Studio Theatre D'Asnières in France.[3]

He also has a career in theatre; he directed and performed in numerous plays, most of them in Paris. Many of his works were presented at the Théâtre Du Soleil. He is also known for his Atrides series of plays.[4]

In 1991 his daughter, Alma Jodorowsky, was born. She is a French model, singer and actress.

In 2009, he wrote and directed a play with his father and was also an actor in "Le Gorille" (The Gorilla). It became one of his better-known pieces.[5]

In the film La Danza De La Realidad (The Dance Of Reality), he had to play the role of his grandfather that he never knew. He discovered a lot about his father (who directed the film) and what he had endured over his lifetime. This grandfather died before the birth of Brontis, so he never saw him with his own eyes.[6] He reprised the role of Jaime Jodorowsky in the film's sequel, Endless Poetry, which, like La Danza De La Realidad is inspired by his father's life experiences; this time the film is focused on Alejandro's youth and discovery of poetry.


Plays (as director)[edit]

Plays (as actor)[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
1970 El Topo Hijo (Title character's son) Film by his father, Alejandro Jodorowsky
1971 Pubertinaje First part only
1974 El Muro Del Silencio Daniel
1981 Black Mirror
1989 Santa Sangre Orderly 1 Film by his father, Alejandro Jodorowsky
1999 Gialloparma Fabrizio
2005 J'ai Vu Tuer Ben Barka Graphologie expert.
2007 Le Voyageur De La Toussaint Docteur Sauvaget TV movie
2010 A Season Of Jodorowsky Himself Documentary. Short.
2012 Táu Gustavo
2013 The Dance of Reality Jaime Film by his father, Alejandro Jodorowsky
2013 Jodorowsky's Dune Himself Documentary about Alejandro Jodorowsky
2015 Anton Tchékhov 1890 Alexandre Tchekhov
2016 Endless Poetry Jaime Film by his father, Alejandro Jodorowsky
2017 Opus Zero Zero
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Nicolas Flamel

He is also credited in the short film Echek in the "thanks" section.[7]

TV series[edit]

  • Largo Winch (2002)

Character: Landis Episode: Flashback

  • Section de recherches (2007)

Character: Patrick Venderlen Episode: Vents contraires

Voice dub[edit]

  • Matrimoni (1998)

Character: Paolo Sessanelli


  1. ^ "Los retos de la genealogía de la memoria en la narrativa finisecular judío-chilena". (in Spanish). 28 March 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ Jodorowsky's Dune (Documentary, 2013)
  3. ^ Vatinet, David. "Alma Jodorowsky". Agents Associés (in French). Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Le Théâtre du Soleil : Distribution des Atrides".
  5. ^ "LE GORILLE Bande-Annonce - "Le gorille" Un spectacle d'Alejandro et Brontis Jodorowsky". YouTube.
  6. ^ Clarence Tsui. "Brontis Jodorowsky on Playing His Grandfather in Dad Alejandro's 'The Dance of Reality' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ "Echek (2000)". IMDb. 1 February 2000.

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