Vincent Cassel – French actor
Vincent Cassel is a French actor, winner of Cesar Award.
Vincent Cassel (his real surname is Crochon) was born on November 23, 1966 in Paris. He is the son of Jean-Pierre Cassel and journalist Ann Seiler, half-brother of actress Cecile Cassel and musician Mathieu Cassel known as Rockin’ Squat.
Vincent attended Catholic school because his parents were very religious people. The boy was interested in school drama. After his parents divorced in 1980, 13-year-old Vincent lived with his mother. As a boy he was a shoplifter and even tried to steal a car. Deciding to change the life of the young bully, Cassel entered the circus school and then went to New York.
His career as an actor began in New York, then he returned to France and worked in the theater for several years. Being a popular stage actor, he tried his hand as a film actor, but the first small roles in the films Les Clés du paradis, Hot Chocolate and the television series Warburg: A Man of Influence didn’t bring satisfaction and popularity.
His first big film role was in the film Métisse (1993) by his friend Mathieu Kassovitz. Two years later the main role in the black-and-white drama La Haine brought him the first nomination for Cesar Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1996, he starred in melodrama L’Appartement and a year later in the crime drama with elements of black humor Dobermann. In 1998 he was offered the role of the Duke of Anjou in the historical film Elizabeth which was nominated for Oscar and became the best British film of the year. The following year he played the role of Gilles de Rais in the historical film Joan of Arc.
In 2000, Cassel together with famous French actor Jean Reno starred in the sensational thriller Les Rivières pourpres based on the novel The Crimson Rivers by Jean-Christophe Grange. For his role the actor was nominated for the European Film Award. A year later, he was nominated for this award again for the title role in the crime drama Sur mes lèvres, and also was nominated for Cesar.
Cassel also starred in Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
In addition to acting work Vincent was also engaged in producing of such films as Shabbat Night Fever, Irréversible, Sheitan and Notre jour viendra.
For the role in the movie Enemy of the State the actor gained 20 kilograms.
He is fond of capoeira (Brazilian martial art, that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music). This can be seen in the movie Ocean’s Twelve.
Vincent is fluent in English, Portuguese and Italian, in addition, he knows Russian.
In 2016, he starred in the fourth part of the tetralogy Bourne together with Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander.
He was married to Italian actress Monica Bellucci. On September 12, 2004 their daughter was born in Rome. On May 21, 2010 their second daughter was born. Monica and Vincent divorced in August 2013.