THE MONUMENTS MEN
JEAN DUJARDIN (Jean Claude Clermont) garnered international
acclaim for his performance as George Valentin in The Artist, Michel
Hazanavicius' tribute to Hollywood's silent era that went on to win five Academy
Awards in 2012, including Best Picture and a Best Actor nod for the French
star. That same year, Dujardin was also awarded a Golden Globe for Best
Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical, a BAFTA award, a Screen Actors
Guild Award and an Independent Spirit Award, amongst other prizes. The amazing
journey of The Artist started at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2011, where,
following the film's premiere, Dujardin received a Best Actor trophy from the
hands of jury president Robert De Niro.
Jean Dujardin began his career in the early 1990s doing standup with his
comedy troupe Nous C Nous, who eventually got their own special on French
national television. In 1999, he got his big beak, starring in the hit sitcom
"Un gars, une fille" with Alexandra Lamy. The show lasted for five seasons and
averaged seven million viewers per episode, a phenomenal success that allowed
Dujardin to transition to the big screen. After supporting roles in Mariages!
and Le Convoyeur (2004), he got his first leading role in Brice de Nice, based
on a character Dujardin had created on stage. The film became the most
successful French movie of that year. Dujardin had another hit the following
year with the spy comedy OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, which spawned a sequel
in 2009, OSS 117: Lost in Rio. Both were directed by Michel Hazanavicius, who
teamed up again with Dujardin in 2011 for The Artist.
After winning the Oscar, Dujardin made his American debut in Martin
Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, playing Swiss banker Jean-Jacques Saurel
opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
Dujardin is currently shooting the thriller La French, which reunites him
with Gilles Lellouche, with whom he wrote, produced, starred in and co-directed
a segment of the anthology film Les Infideles in 2012. This Christmas, Dujardin
will also produce and appear in a second edition of his "Saturday Night
Live"-inspired TV sketch comedy show Le Debarquement.
Additional credits include 99 francs (2007), Ca$h (2008), Lucky Luke (2009),
The Clink of Ice (2010), Little White Lies (2010), Un balcon sur la mer (2010)
and Mobius (2013).
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