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VINCENT CASSEL began his career studying comedy at the Actor's Institute of New York. Aged 20 when he returned to France, his early years were spent at the theatre, with director Jean-Louis Barrault, in such plays as LES OISEAUX and LE THEATRE DE FOIRE.

It was after his third feature film METISSE, directed by Mathieu Kassovitz, that he established a name for himself, securing a role in Kassovitz's highly acclaimed HATE. This success was followed by leading roles in L'APPARTEMENT, directed by Gilles Mimouni and co-staring Romane Bohringer and Monica Bellucci; L'ELEVE, Olivier Schatzky's adaptation of the Henry James novel starring Jean-Pierre Marielle and Caroline Cellier. In 1997 starred in DOBERMANN directed by Jan Kounen with Monica Bellucci and Tcheky Karyo. He is best know stateside for his performance as Duc J'Anjou in Shekhar Kapur's ELIZABETH. Vincent also made a star turn as Gilles de Rais in Luc Besson's THE MESSENGER : THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC, which was a box office hit in France in 1999. He teamed up with director Mathieu Kassovitz again for the feature LES RIVIERES POURPRES (The Crimson Rivers) which was released in 2000. Vincent can be currently be heard as the voice of Mnsr. Hood in Dreamwork's animated feature SHREK and will star opposite Nicole Kidman in Miramax's upcoming release BIRTHDAY GIRL. He has recently directed his first short movie, SHABBAT NIGHT FEVER.


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