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Antoine de Caunes

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Antoine de Caunes
Antoine de Caunes 2013.jpg
Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born (1953-12-01) 1 December 1953 (age 66)[1]
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor, director
Daphné Roulier
(m. 2007)
Children2, including Emma de Caunes
Parent(s)Georges de Caunes
Jacqueline Joubert

Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director.[2][3][4][5] He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.


He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.[6]

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo".[7][8] He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4.[9] He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies.

From 2013 until 2015, he hosted Canal+'s a daily evening show Le Grand Journal.

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.[10]

He is a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Solidarité sida [fr] (AIDS Solidarity).[11]


Film acting

Television acting

  • 1987: Objectif: NulIgor and Grichka Bogdanoff
  • 1993–2007: Eurotrash – series presenter[12]
  • 1998: Bob le magnifique (made-for-television movie) by Marc Angelo - François Morin / Bob Saint Clar
  • 2002: Les Amants du bagne (made-for-television movie) by Thierry Binisti - Albert Londres
  • 2006-2008: Kaamelott (television series) – Dagonet
  • 2007: Off Prime (television series, season 1, episode 2) – as himself
  • 2010: Du hard ou du cochon! (television series, episode 3) – Fluck
  • 2012: Bref (television series, episode 53) by Kyan Khojandi et Bruno Muschio – as himself
  • 2013: L'homme à la tête de kraft (short film) by Thierry Dupety and Sandra Joubeaud
  • 2013: Dangereuses retrouvailles (made-for-television movie) by Jérôme Debusschère - Paul Aubras
  • 2013: Hitchcock by Mocky, episode: "Le don d'Iris"


  • 1997: T'en as ?
  • 2001: Les Morsures de l'aube [fr]
  • 2002: Monsieur N.
  • 2006: Désaccord parfait
  • 2008: Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec
  • 2011: Yann Piat, chronique d'un assassinat (made-for-television movie)

Voice work


Two CD titles, Il a pas peur de personne, Film Music by BO from the animated show Lucky Luke televised on France 3 and sold in 2001 by Sony Music.


  • 1983: Tchaou et Grodo
  • 1984: Au pays des quat'z'amis
  • 1984: Y'en a qui (Marie Dauphin)
  • 1984: X-Or
  • 1985: Clémentine
  • 1985: Cobra
  • 1985: L'Empire des Cinq
  • 1986: Lady Oscar
  • 1986: L'Île au trésor [fr]


  • 2009 - On n'est pas là pour se faire engueuler !, album in homage to Boris Vian. Cantate des boîtes


Antoine de Caunes wrote his first book published with Éditions Albin Michel in the collection Rock & Folk in the Magma groupe:

  • Magma, 187p., 1978. ISBN 978-2226005632

He wrote two novels about the conquests of the New York private detective, Sam Murchinson:

  • C'est bon, mais c'est chaud (1990)
  • C'est beau mais c'est triste (1998)

Several collections of his speeches Nulle part ailleurs were published; texts written with Albert Algoud:

  • Vous permettez que je vous appelle Raymond ?, 1990.
  • Pas mal pour un lundi, 1990.
  • J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites, 1991
  • Une ambulance peut en cacher une autre, 1992.
  • Bien entendu, je plaisante, 1993. ISBN 2226063293
  • Le Petit Gildas illustré, 1993. ISBN 2226063811

He also wrote a dictionary:

Radio shows

  • Popopop, since August 2017, every weekday at 3pm UK time, on France Inter, National French radio station.[15]


  1. ^ a b "Profile: Antoine de Caunes". The Observer. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Steeckler for accuracy". The Daily Telegraph. London. 12 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ Rose, Toby (25 June 2008). "France laps up De Caunes' tears of a clown". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". 27 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ Weinberg, Kate (2 March 2009). "Culture Clinic: Antoine de Caunes". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  6. ^ Les Morsures de L'Aube[permanent dead link],
  7. ^ James Rampton (17 February 1996). "Contentious? Moi?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  8. ^ Serena Mackesy (3 May 1997). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Le dude". The Guardian. London. 8 May 1999. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  10. ^ "IMDB page for Rex the Runt". IMDB. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Le mot d'Antoine et Luc". Solidarité sida (in French). Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". British Film Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Recherche: Paul Persavon".
  14. ^ "Disque Séries TV et Dessins Animés Paul Persavon". Mange-Disque TV.
  15. ^ Inter, France (12 July 2017). "Antoine de Caunes présente une quotidienne à la rentrée sur France Inter".

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