Philippe Torreton

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Philippe Torreton
Philippe Torreton 2014.jpg
Torreton in 2014
Born (1965-10-13) 13 October 1965 (age 57)
OccupationActor, politician
Years active1990–present
AwardsBest Actor
1997 Capitaine Conan

Philippe Torreton (born 13 October 1965) is a French actor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Rouen, to a teacher mother, and filling station attendant father, Torreton grew up in a suburb of the city. A student at the lycée Val de Seine de Grand-Quevilly, he discovered there a certain liking for the theater that he nurtured, thanks to his teachers, - he often cites one in particular, - M.Désir. A student of CNSAD, he would return there, this time as a teacher, in October 2008.

Torreton entered the Comédie-Française in 1990 as a pensionnaire (salaried actor having no share in the profits) and became a sociétaire (shareholding member of the Comédie-Française) in 1994. He left in 1999 having played many prestigious roles including Scapin, Lorenzaccio, Hamlet, Henry V, Tartuffe.

He played Capitaine Conan[1] in the film of the same name, directed by Bertrand Tavernier, based on a little-known incident from the time of the First World War, and for which he won the César Award for Best Actor 1997. And, a politically committed actor, he played the role of the principal of a primary school confronted with social problems in Ça commence aujourd'hui, again directed by Tavernier, in 1998.

He was elected in the Municipal council of the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

On 10 April 2020, during the coronavirus lockdown, Torreton was one of a handful of people to take part in a Good Friday service led by Michel Aupetit, Archbishop of Paris, in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, still being rebuilt after the fire a year earlier. All wore protective clothing.[2] During the service, Torreton read Francis Jammes' "Je vous salue, Marie".[3]

Selected filmography[edit]

Philippe Torreton at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Year Title Role Director Notes
1991 La neige et le feu Claude Pinoteau
1992 L.627 Antoine Bertrand Tavernier
1993 Une nouvelle vie Fred Olivier Assayas
1994 Oublie-moi Fabrice Noémie Lvovsky
L'ange noir Christophe Jean-Claude Brisseau
Le petit qui attend le facteur Anne-Marie Etienne
1995 The Bait Chief cop Bertrand Tavernier
1996 Le bel été 1914 Ernest Pailleron Christian de Chalonge
Capitaine Conan Capitaine Conan Bertrand Tavernier
La serva amorosa Arlequin Jean Douchet
1999 It All Starts Today Daniel Lefebvre Bertrand Tavernier
Tôt ou tard Éric Anne-Marie Etienne
2001 Félix et Lola Félix Patrice Leconte
Vertiges de l'amour Vincent Laurent Chouchan
2003 Monsieur N. Napoleon Antoine De Caunes
Corps à corps Marco Tisserand François Hanss
2004 The Light Yvon Le Guen Philippe Lioret
2005 Sky Fighters Bertrand Gérard Pirès
Les Rois maudits Robert d'Artois Josée Dayan TV Mini-Series
2006 Le Grand Meaulnes M. Seurel Jean-Daniel Verhaeghe
2007 Jean de la Fontaine, le défi Colbert Daniel Vigne
Ulzhan Charles Volker Schlöndorff
2009 District 13: Ultimatum The President Patrick Alessandrin
2011 Guilty Alain Marécaux Vincent Garenq
The Art of Love Narrator Emmanuel Mouret
Rebellion Christian Prouteau Mathieu Kassovitz
2013 Mood Indigo Jean-Sol Partre Michel Gondry
La Pièce manquante André Mouton Nicolas Birkenstock
2016 Les Enfants de la chance Docteur Daviel Malik Chibane



  1. ^ a b Hay, Stephen (2000). Bertrand Tavernier: the film-maker of Lyon. I.B.Tauris. pp. 230–. ISBN 978-1-86064-462-7. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ Salomé Vincendon (10 April 2020). "Vendredi saint à Notre-Dame". BFM TV.
  3. ^ "Pâques à Notre-Dame: Philippe Torreton lit le "Je vous salue, Marie" de Francis Jammes". BFM TV YouTube Channel. 10 April 2020. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21.
  4. ^ "Nomination dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres janvier 2016 - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication". Archived from the original on 2016-06-05. Retrieved 2016-04-03.

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