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JEAN DUJARDIN (George Valentin) One of France's biggest stars, actor/writer/director Jean Dujardin began his performing career in Paris comedy clubs. In the late 1990s, he co-founded the popular sketch comedy troupe Nous C Nous, which broke through to the French public through multiple wins on television talent competition series "Graines des stars” and went on to appear on France's most successful talk shows. Dujardin's solo career began to take off when he became the star of the hit sitcom "Un gars une fille,” which aired from 1999 to 2003; he also wrote several episodes of the series. After acting in the short ensemble comedy A L'ABRI DES REGARDS INDISCRETS 2002, Dujardin made his feature debut in the 2002 comedy IF I WERE A RICH MAN.

Increasingly prominent film roles in films such as MARIAGES (2003) followed and in 2004, Dujardin starred in and wrote the hit comedy BRICE DE NICE, (2004), which was based on his original sketch.

In 2004, Dujardin acted in his first screen drama, Nicolas Boukhrief's LE CONVOYEUR by Nicolas Boukhrief. His in 2004. He began his successful collaboration with writer/director Michael Hazanavicius with his star turn as secret agent OSS 117 in the filmmaker's hit spy pastiche 117: CAIRO, NEST OF SPIES. Dujardin's performance as the suave spy garnered him a César Award nomination for Best Actor. He and Hazanvicius reteamed for the sequel, the equally beloved OSS 117 – LOST IN RIO, released in 2009.

The actor's other credits include Jan Kounen's comedy 99 FRANCS, Franck Mancuso's crime drama COUNTER-INVESTIGATION; Francis Huster's A MAN AND HIS DOG with Jean Paul Belmondo; James Huth's comic western LUCKY LUKE, for which he co-wrote the screenplay; Bertrand Blier's THE CLINK OF ICE; Guillaume Canet's LITTLE WHITE LIES with Marion Cotillard; and Nicole Garcia's A VIEW OF LOVE.

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