Jean Dujardin is born 19 June 1972 and is a French actor and comedian. He has worked notably with director Michel Hazanavicius, starring in his «OSS 117» spy parodies.

Dujardin achieved widespread critical acclaim with his role in Hazanavicius's 2011 silent film «The Artist», receiving a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy and the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award.

Life and Career

Dujardin was born in Rueil-Malmaison. Dujardin first became famous on the French talent show «Graines de star» in 1996 as part of the comedy group «Nous C Nous», formed by members of the «Carré blanc» theater.

From 1999 to 2003 he starred in the French version of the comedy television series «Un gars, une fille» with his wife Alexandra Lamy before transitioning into a film career. In 2005, he starred as the titular character in the popular comedy film «Brice de Nice» and performed the soundtrack of the film, «Le Casse de Brice».

In 2006, Dujardin portrayed the character Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, agent OSS 117 in «OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies» in a role which earned him a César Award nomination for Best Actor, and an Etoile D'Or Award.

To be nominated for such awards is something of exceptional rarity for a performance in comedy. In 2007, directed by Jan Kounen, he starred in «99F» («99 francs»), an existential parody of an advertising exec. In 2009, he appeared in A «Man and His Dog» alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo and returned to the role of OSS 117 for the sequel «OSS 117: Lost in Rio».

In 2011, Dujardin starred as George Valentin in the silent film «The Artist», directed by Michel Hazanavicius. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival where he received the Best Actor Award. His performance garnered much critical acclaim and he received numerous nominations, including the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor and the Screen Actors Guild for Best Actor.

On January 15, 2012, Dujardin won Golden Globe Award for «Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy».

In 2012, he will appear in «Les Infidèles» set to release in February in France. His next project is a remake Claude Berri`s «One Wild Moment» («Un moment d'égarement») in which he will star opposite Vincent Cassel.

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