Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Jean-Claude Dreyfus

French actor
Date of Birth: 18.02.1946
Country: France

  1. Biography of Jean-Claude Dreyfus
  2. Early Career
  3. Breakthrough Roles
  4. Recent Work

Biography of Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Jean-Claude Dreyfus is a French actor who has played approximately 140 roles in films and television series. He was born on February 18, 1946, in Paris, France.

Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Early Career

Dreyfus began his career in cinema, making his debut in the absurdist comedy "Comment réussir quand on est con et pleurnichard" (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying) directed by Michel Audiard in 1973. He played a minor role as a club employee. He then worked four times with Yves Boisset on the films "Allons z'enfants" (Forward, Sons of the Motherland, 1981), based on the novel by Yves Gibeau, the sci-fi thriller "Le prix du danger" (The Price of Risk, 1981), "Radio Corbeau" (Crow Radio, 1989), and "La Tribu" (The Tribe, 1991). He also acted alongside Jean Carmet in "Le Sucre" (Sugar, 1978), Jean-Paul Belmondo in "Le Marginal" (The Outsider, 1983), and Jean Rochefort in "Tandem" (1987).

Jean-Claude Dreyfus

Breakthrough Roles

The 1990s marked a turning point in Dreyfus' career, with two collaborations with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. In the black comedy "Delicatessen" (1991), also known as "The Butcher Shop," Dreyfus played a troubled butcher who prepares meat delicacies from his own workers. In the surrealist fantasy drama "La cité des enfants perdus" (The City of Lost Children, 1994), he portrayed the character of Marcello, a trainer. Dreyfus continued his career with roles in the comedy "La Cible" (The Target, 1997) and the thriller "Tiré à part" (Shot Apart, 1996) based on the novel by Jean-Jacques Fiechter. He also played the Duke of Orléans in "L'Anglaise et le Duc" (The Lady and the Duke), a historical drama directed by Éric Rohmer.

Recent Work

In 2003, Dreyfus played an antique dealer in the comedy "Lovely Rita, sainte patronne des cas désespérés" (Lovely Rita, Patron Saint of Desperate Cases) and appeared in the war romance "Un long dimanche de fiançailles" (A Very Long Engagement, 2004) with Audrey Tautou in the lead role, directed once again by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. He also starred in the adventure film "Deux frères" (Two Brothers) alongside Guy Pearce in 2004. In 2005, Dreyfus directed a stage production titled "Maison de la Poésie" (House of Poetry) in Paris, which was based on the poems of French poet Jehan-Rictus. In 2011, he appeared in the thrillers "L'orpheline avec en plus un bras en moins" (The Orphan with One More Missing Arm) and "Requiem pour une tueuse" (Requiem for a Killer), as well as the comedy "Mama Lova," which was released on video.