Jean-Marc Barr – Biografija

Jean-Marc Barr (born 27 September 1960), French American film actor and director.


Barr was born to a French mother and an American father working in the US Armed Forces. He is fluent in both French and English. Barr was born in West Germany where his father was stationed, and lived an itinerant childhood. His family moved to France in 1968, then to California in 1974.

Barr's parents wished him to join the armed forces but he was unwilling to follow in his father's footsteps. He studied philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Paris Conservatoire and the Sorbonne. He moved to London to pursue an education in drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,.

Barr began working in theatre in France in 1986. After finding work in television (including a small role in Hotel du Lac (1986), the BBC's version of the Booker prize-winning novel by Anita Brookner), and film, (in particular Hope and Glory (1987) by John Boorman), he was cast in the tremendously successful The Big Blue (1988). Luc Besson cast him in the role of French diver Jacques Mayol, alongside Rosanna Arquette and Jean Reno. The Big Blue was the most financially successful film in France in the 1980s.

In 1991, he starred in Danish director Lars von Trier‘s Europa, marking the beginning of a long friendship (he is the godfather of von Trier's children) as well as a significant professional relationship. He went on to appear in von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2004), Manderlay (2005), The Boss of It All (2006) and Nympho()maniac (2013). In 2005 he starred in the French film Crustacés et Coquillages. In 1999 he starred in the French cinéma du corps/cinema of the body drama film, Don't Let Me Die on a Sunday (French: J'aimerais pas crever un dimanche), directed by Didier Le Pêcheur.

His collaboration with von Trier put him on track to start directing his own work. He debuted in 1999 as a director, screenwriter and producer with the intimate love story Lovers. The film became the first part of a trilogy; the films that followed were the drama Too Much Flesh (2000) and the comedy Being Light (2001), which he co-directed with Pascal Arnold. Barr and Pascal also directed the 2006 film Chacun sa nuit (eng: One to another) and discovered at that time Lizzie Brocher, Arthur Dupont and Karl E. Landler. Then an other one in 2012, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family.

In 1997 he appeared in The Scarlet Tunic, produced by Zigi Kamasa.

He appeared as Hugo in The Red Siren in 2002 and played divorce lawyer Maitre Bertram in the 2003 Merchant Ivory film le Divorce. He appeared as the titular character in the video for Blur‘s 1996 single, “Charmless Man“.

He played author Jack Kerouac in the 2013 film adaptation of the Beat Generation autobiographical novel Big Sur.

 2018 Born Again Dead
Trevor De Blanc
 2018 Halo of Stars
 2018 Cellar
 2018 Bad Banks (TV Mini-Series)
Robert Khano
 2017 Grain
 2017 uk18
The Foreigner
 2011-2016 Deux flics sur les docks (TV Series)
Richard Faraday / Capitaine Richard Faraday
 2016 Whoever Was Using This Bed (Short)
 2015 WAX: We Are the X
Jean-Christophe Touchalier
 2014 Le dernier mirage
 2013 Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Debtor Gentleman
 2013 Vandal
Paul, l'oncle
 2013 Manhattan Romance
 2013 Big Sur
Jack Kerouac
 2011 Le repaire de la vouivre (TV Mini-Series)
Paul Pratt

Episode #1.4 (2011) … Paul Pratt
Episode #1.3 (2011) … Paul Pratt
Episode #1.2 (2011) … Paul Pratt
Episode #1.1 (2011) … Paul Pratt
 2011 American Translation
 2011 XIII: The Series (TV Series)
Prêtre / Pretre

Undertow (2011) … Prêtre
Costa Verde (2011) … Pretre
 2011 Les yeux de sa mère
Jean-Paul Tremazan
 2010 Dimension 1991-2024 (Video short)
 2010 La cité
Maxime Vincent
 2009 De plaisir (Short)
 2008 La maison Nucingen
William Henry James III
 2008 Parc
Paul Marteau
 2008 The Anarchist's Wife
 2008 Baby Blues
 2007 Martin Paris (TV Movie)
Martin Paris
 2006 Direktøren for det hele
 2006 Chacun sa nuit
Philippe (scenes deleted)
 2005 Vénus & Apollon (TV Series)

Soin pare chocs (2005) … Vincent
 2005 Tara Road
Andy Vine
 2005 Manderlay
Mr. Robinsson
 2004 CQ2 (Seek You Too)
 2003 Les clefs de bagnole
Un comédien qui refuse de tourner avec Laurent
 2003 Le divorce
Maitre Bertram
 2003 Saltimbank
Frédéric Saltim
 2003 Dogville
The Man with the Big Hat
 2002 La sirène rouge
Hugo Cornelius Toorop
 2002 Les fils de Marie
 2001 Being Light
Jack Lesterhoof
 2000 The Best of Blur (Video)
Charmless Man (video “Charmless Man”)
 2000 Too Much Flesh
 2000 Dancer in the Dark
 1998 St. Ives
Captain Jacques de Keroual de Saint-Yves
 1998 Folle d'elle
 1998 Préférence
 1998 The Scarlet Tunic
Matthaus Singer
 1997 Les infidèles (TV Movie)
 1996 Mo’
Sam Follow
 1996 Lifeline (TV Movie)
Patrick LeMay
 1996 Breaking the Waves
 1996 Blur: Charmless Man (Video short)
Charmless Man
 1996 Marciando nel buio
Silvio Roatta
 1996 L'échappée belle
Emmanuel Barnes
 1994 Le fils préféré
 1994 Les faussaires
 1994 Iron Horsemen
 1993 Au nom d'un chien (Short)
Jean Grébault
 1992 La peste
Jean Tarrou
 1991 Europa
Leopold Kessler
 1991 Le brasier
 1988 Le grand bleu
Jacques Mayol
 1987 Maurice
French Collegue (uncredited)
 1987 Hope and Glory
Cpl. Bruce Carrey
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)

Hotel du Lac (1986) … Alain
 1985 The Frog Prince
 1985 King David


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