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Vincent Cassel

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Vincent Cassel
Cassel in 2011
Born Vincent Crochon
(1966-11-23) 23 November 1966 (age 51)
Paris, France
Residence [Roubaix], France
  • Actor
  • director
Years active 1987–present
Monica Bellucci
(m. 1999; div. 2013)

Tina Kunakey
(m. 2018)
Children 2
Parent(s) Jean-Pierre Cassel
Sabine Litique
Relatives Mathias Crochon (brother)
Cécile Cassel (half-sister)

Vincent Cassel (French: [vɛ̃sɑ̃ kasɛl]; born Vincent Crochon, 23 November 1966) is a French actor. He became well known in France via his role as Vinz, a troubled French Jewish youth, in Matthieu Kassovitz's 1995 film La Haine (Hate), which gave him 2 César Award nominations. He is known to English-speaking audiences for his performances in Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, as well as Eastern Promises, Black Swan and Jason Bourne. Cassel is also renowned for playing the infamous French bank-robber Jacques Mesrine in Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One.

Early life and family

Cassel was born in Paris, France, to journalist Sabine Litique and actor Jean-Pierre Cassel (born Jean-Pierre Crochon).[1][2] Cassel's brother, Mathias, is a rapper with the group Assassin under the name "Rockin' Squat".[3] His half-sister, Cécile Cassel, is an actress.[4]


Cassel's breakthrough role was in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine (1995) where he played a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his role in La Haine, Cassel was nominated for two César Awards, for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor.[5] The following year, he starred opposite Monica Bellucci (before they married) in the moody film L'Appartement.[3]

Following this, he starred in a string of French films, including the violent film Dobermann (1997), the genre-bending Le Pacte des Loups (2001), and the highly controversial Irréversible (2002), where he appears fully nude (with Monica Bellucci, after they married).

Since the early 2000s, Cassel has also appeared in a number of English-language films, such as Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, Derailed, Birthday Girl, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Elizabeth, Eastern Promises, and Shrek (as the voice of Monsieur Hood), and in the Portuguese-language, Brazilian film Adrift (À Deriva).

In 2006, he appeared in Sheitan, in which he played a shepherd who carries out satanic rituals.

In 2008, he appeared in two movies about Jacques Mesrine, who was France's "public enemy number one" in the seventies.[3] Cassel received the 2009 Cesar award for best actor for his performance in Mesrine directed by Jean-Francois Richet. An early appearance on British television was as Nicole's boyfriend in the 1994 Renault Clio advert which was used in the UK.[3]

In October 2008, Cassel was signed to be the face of a new Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance. The new fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme, was launched worldwide in March 2009.

French film historian Tim Palmer describes Cassel as one of the most charismatic and idiosyncratic of all France's contemporary stars, working in both popular and more intellectual modes of cinema, typically playing characters that veer unpredictably between positive/alluring and negative/grotesque—often, in fact, within a single role and performance.[6]

In 2009, he made his debut as a singer on Zap Mama's album ReCreation, singing alongside them on the singles "Paroles, Paroles" and "Non, Non, Non". The following year, he played Thomas Leroy in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed Black Swan (2010), alongside Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, which attracted considerable acclaim.

In 2016, he starred in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. For his work in the film, Cassel won the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role;[7] he also received nominations for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor, Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor, and the Jury Prize for Best Actor - Riviera International Film Festival.[8]

Personal life

Cassel met Italian actress Monica Bellucci on the set of their 1996 film The Apartment.[9] They married in 1999,[9] and have two daughters, Deva (born 12 September 2004)[10] and Léonie (born 21 May 2010).[11] Cassel and Bellucci announced their divorce on 26 August 2013.[9]

Cassel married French model Tina Kunakey on 24 August 2018 in Bidart, France.[12]

Besides his native French, Cassel speaks English, Portuguese, Italian, and basic conversational Russian, which he learned for his role in Eastern Promises.[13] Since 2013, Cassel lives in Rio de Janeiro, initially in Arpoador (with ex-wife Monica Bellucci), and in Morro do Vidigal after their divorce. He is known for having a great identification with Brazil, being a practitioner of the martial art of capoeira; he displayed this talent in the movie Ocean's Twelve.[14] He also trains in wing chun.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Métisse Max
1995 Adultery: A User's Guide
1995 La Haine Vinz Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actor
1995 Jefferson in Paris Camille Desmoulins
1996 L'élève Julien
1996 The Apartment Max
1997 Dobermann Yann le Pentrec (Dobermann)
1997 Come mi vuoi Pasquale
1998 Elizabeth Duc d'Anjou
1999 Unruly (fr) Pitou
1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Gilles de Rais
1999 Guest House Paradiso Gino Bolognese
2000 The Crimson Rivers Max Kerkerian
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Jean-François de Morangias
2001 Shrek Monsieur Hood Voice only
2001 Birthday Girl Alexei
2001 Read My Lips Paul Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
2002 Ice Age Diego Voice only (French-language version)
2002 Irréversible Marcus Also co-producer
2003 The Reckoning Lord De Guise
2004 Blueberry Mike S. Blueberry
2004 Secret Agents Brisseau
2004 Ocean's Twelve François Toulour
2005 Derailed LaRoche
2006 Sheitan Joseph Also producer
2007 Ocean's Thirteen François Toulour
2007 Eastern Promises Kirill
2007 His Majesty Minor Satyre
2008 Mesrine Jacques Mesrine César Award for Best Actor
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Étoiles d'Or Award for Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2009 Lascars Tony Merguez French voice
2009 Adrift (À Deriva) Matias
2010 Our Day Will Come Patrick Also producer
2010 Black Swan Thomas Leroy Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2011 The Monk Capucino Ambrosio
2011 A Dangerous Method Otto Gross
2013 Trance Franck
2014 Rio, I Love You
2014 Beauty and the Beast The Beast / The Prince
2015 Child 44 Major Kuzmin
2015 Partisan Gregori
2015 Tale of Tales King of Strongcliff
2015 My King Georgio Nominated – César Award for Best Actor
2015 One Wild Moment Laurent
2015 The Little Prince The Fox French voice
2015 Violence en réunion Vince Short film
2016 It's Only the End of the World Antoine Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated, Jury Prize for Best Actor - Riviera International Film Festival
2016 Jason Bourne Asset
2016 A Movie Life Tony's father
2016 The Great Mystical Circus Jean-Paul
2017 O Filme da Minha Vida Nicolas Terranova
2017 Gauguin - Voyage de Tahiti Paul Gauguin
2018 The World Is Yours
2018 Underwater In post-production
2018 L'Empereur de Paris (fr) Eugène François Vidocq
2018 Sovereign Default[15] Managing Director of the IMF


  1. ^ France-Presse, Agence (21 April 2007). "Jean-Pierre Cassel, 74, Actor Who Starred in '60s French Comedies, Dies". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Secher, Benjamin (28 July 2009). "Vincent Cassel interview for Mesrine". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  3. ^ a b c d "Vincent Cassel". Oh No They Didn't!. 28 July 2009. Archived from the original on 13 August 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  4. ^ Annabel Rivkin (20 April 2009). "French Fancy: Cécile Cassel". ES Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Vincent Cassel - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  6. ^ Palmer, Tim (2011). Brutal Intimacy: Analyzing Contemporary French Cinema, Wesleyan University Press, Middleton CT. ISBN 0-8195-6827-9.
  7. ^ Furdyk, Brent (12 March 2017). "2017 Canadian Screen Awards: And The Winners Are…". ET Canada. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  8. ^ "2017 Cesar Awards - Nominees".
  9. ^ a b c "Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel To Divorce After 14 Years". The Huffington Post. 26 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  10. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (14 September 2004). "Passion Actress Bellucci Has Baby Girl". People. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  11. ^ Peter Mikelbank (24 May 2010). "Monica Bellucci Welcomes Daughter Léonie". People. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  12. ^ "French Model Tina Kunakey Wears Custom Vera Wang at Her Wedding to Actor Vincent Cassel". Vogue. 24 August 2018.
  13. ^ Elizabeth Day (4 February 2012). "Vincent Cassel: 'You can't escape from what you are'". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 February 2012.
  14. ^ Thelma Adams (13 December 2010). "Vincent Cassel: A Q&A With the Black Swan Star". The Huffington Post. USA. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
  15. ^ Frater, Patrick (4 December 2017). "Vincent Cassel Joins Top Korean Cast in 'Sovereign Default'". Variety. Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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