Michel Piccoli

Michel Piccoli

actor, producer, writer

Michel Piccoli was born on Dec 27, 1925 in France. Michel Piccoli's big-screen debut came with Daughters of Destiny directed by Christian-Jaque in 1954, strarring Pasquerel (segment "Jeanne"). Michel Piccoli is known for Le souper directed by Édouard Molinaro, Michel Piccoli stars as Chateaubriand and Claude Brasseur as Fouché. Michel Piccoli has got 17 awards and 10 nominations so far. The most recent award Michel Piccoli achieved is BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Michel Piccoli plays is On War which will be released on Nov 20, 2015.

This suave, elegant character star was a ubiquitous presence in French cinema for nearly seven decades. His distinguished career extended to both stage and screen and his versatility was such that he could take on just about any persona (in his own words: "I do not put on an act... I slip away behind my characters"), from police inspectors to gangsters, from priests and academics to King Louis XVI and the Marquis de Sade. More than a few of his portrayals were of ordinary bourgeois caught up in difficult circumstances or undergoing mid-life crisis. However, Piccoli truly excelled in sardonic, cynical or morally ambiguous roles - playing smooth, quietly-spoken types harbouring dark passions or sinister secrets. His directors have included a veritable who's who of European film makers: Luis Buñuel (six times), Claude Sautet (five times), Alfred Hitchcock (who cast him as Jacques Granville, the principal antagonist in L'Étau (1969)), Jean-Pierre Melville, Louis Malle, Alain Resnais, and Jean-Luc Godard.Piccoli was born in Paris on December 27 1925. His parents were both musicians: his father a Swiss-born violinist, his mother a French pianist. He made his screen debut at 19, for a number of years confined to small supporting roles. Becoming actively involved in left-wing politics, Piccoli joined the Saint-Germain-des-Prés social set, headquartered at the Tabou club and comprising intellectuals and artists whose adherents included the philosophers Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, as well as the chanson and cabaret singer Juliette Gréco (to whom Piccoli was married from 1966 to 1976). His career took off in the early 60s and he enjoyed his first major success as Brigitte Bardot's husband in Godard's Le mépris (1963). Luis Bunuel also recognized Piccoli's potential and employed his trademark cerebral eloquence on pivotal parts in important films like Le journal d'une femme de chambre (1964), Belle de jour (1967) and Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972). In 1973, Piccoli formed his own production company, Films 66, which allowed him even greater freedom in selecting his roles. He continued to work steadily, retaining his huge popularity with French audiences throughout the 80s and 90s. Though nominated four times, he never won the coveted Cesar Award. However, his many other accolades included a win as best actor at Cannes in 1980 and two German Film Awards (in 1988 and 1992). He also directed three feature films, one of which, Alors voilà, (1997), won the Bastone Bianco critical award at the Venice Film Festival.

  • Birthday

    Dec 27, 1925
  • Place of Birth

    Paris, France

Known For


17 wins & 10 nominations

BIFEST - Bari International Film Festival
Best Actor
Winner - Italian Competition Award
David di Donatello Awards
Best Actor (Migliore Attore Protagonista)
Winner - David
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