Lambert Wilson (2023 Actor Card)

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Lambert Wilson in 2015 - Copyright free image from wikimedia
Lambert Wilson in 2015 - Copyright free image from wikimedia

This is Lambert Wilson's 2023 actor card.

On this card you'll find everything you need to know about Lambert Wilson.  This includes his extensive filmography with over 110 movies and where to watch some of them in the U.S.  The card also provides detailed information about Lambert's origins, his biography, the official video trailer of Matrix Reloaded where Lambert Wilson was cast as Merovingian.  You'll also be able to watch Lambert talk about Mrs Harris Goes to Paris in another video.  We've also made it easy for you to access his social media pages and enjoy other verified facts about your favorite star French actor.

Quick facts on Lambert Wilson

  • Born on August 3rd, 1958 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. 
  • Actor, voice actor
  • Astrological sign: Leo
  • Height 6’28 (1,90 m)
  • Speaks French, Italian and English

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Lambert Wilson in Tout de suite Maintenant - Copyright Ad Vitam
Lambert Wilson in Tout de suite Maintenant - Copyright Ad Vitam

Where is Lambert Wilson from?

Lambert Wilson was born in the suburbs of Paris, at Neuilly-sur-Seine, in France. He’s the son of Nicole Mulon and the actor and theater director Georges Wilson.

 

How old is Lambert Wilson?
 

Lambert Wilson is 64 years old, as of 2023. He was born on August 3rd, 1958.

 

 

What is Lambert Wilson known for?

Lambert Wilson's career has been marked by his willingness to take on a wide range of roles and his love for intimate dramas as well as popular comedies. Lambert Wilson is well-known in France for his role in the biopic of l’Abbé Pierre, Hiver 54, for Charles de Gaulle in De Gaulle, and for his collaboration with French director Alain Resnais. They worked on many films together, including the box-office hit On connaît la chanson - which was awarded Best film at the 1997 Césars ceremony. Lambert Wilson always dreamed of a career in the U.S. and was cast in a few Hollywood movies.

 

Matrix Reloaded with Lambert Wilson (Official Trailer)

To American audiences, he will always be known for his role of The Merovingian in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, and for the famous scene in which he delicately curses in French, glass of wine in hand.

 

Where to watch Lambert Wilson’s movies?

TV5MONDE USA is the best option to watch French movies with English subtitles in America. With TV5, you have access to the live broadcasting of TV5MONDE, the only French language entertainment network in America, the on demand platform TV5MONDE Cinema which presents every month a selection of newly released French movies and classic French films, and finally TV5MONDEplus, the French streaming platform and its impressive catalog of French-language movies and TV shows. 

 

Who is Lambert Wilson?

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Lambert Wilson at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 - Copyright wikimedia
Lambert Wilson at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 - Copyright wikimedia Georges Biard

Biography

Lambert Wilson was brought up in a creative and artistic environment. His dad, Georges Wilson, was a play director and an actor appearing in many films, including the war 60’s blockbuster The Longest Day, as well as the classic French movies La Jument Verte and Le Château de ma mère. Early on, Lambert Wilson would spend his time off school backstage at his dad’s theater set, often talking to actors and directors. He didn’t want to follow exactly into his father's footsteps, the French theater industry didn’t interest him much at first. Lambert Wilson dreamed of being a Hollywood superstar. “The star-system came to my head. I wanted to see my face on the big screen, act in big productions and become Robert Redford”, said the French actor in a 2010 interview for Télérama.

He quickly realized that stage was a natural start to becoming an actor. So he began performing in school plays and local theater productions. He then left Paris for London to study at the Drama Centre London. First, this was to try to make it without the help of his father, but also with the hope that learning English would help him land roles in British movies. The experience was not as successful or fulfilling as he had hoped, and he returned to France to be a comedian in plays where his father was involved as an actor or director.

Lambert Wilson began his acting career in the late 70’s. He landed small roles in French and American movies. His very first one was in Fred Zinnemann’s Julia. The director, convinced by Lambert Wilson’s potential, would cast him in the title role of his next movie Five Days One Summer, starring opposite Sean Connery. What Lambert Wilson thought would be the start of his career in Hollywood ended up being a massive flop at the box-office, followed by another flop, Sahara, this time with Brooke Shields.

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Lambert Wilson and Valérie Lemercier at the Cannes Film Festival
Lambert Wilson and Valérie Lemercier at the Cannes Film Festival -- Copyright wikimedia Georges Biard

The failure of the two movies convinced him to move back to France and try to make it in his own country. He appeared in a few films, never as the lead, but enough to get a call back for more roles until 1985, when André Téchnié cast him in Rendez-vous. This role got him his first nomination at the Césars for best actor. He quickly made a name for himself in the French film industry as the stud, a sort of James Dean with charm and wit. So much so that he came really close to replacing Roger Moore as James Bond in 1986 for The Living Daylights, Bond’s 15th adventure. He was one of the last seven to be considered for the role, alongside Sam Neill and Pierce Brosnan. The producer Albert R. Broccoli really wanted him but the director and other producers decided to give the role to Timothy Dalton.

Determined to not play ‘the pretty boy’ throughout his entire career, he took on more difficult and complex roles. The 90’s were his defining years as he established himself as a prominent figure in the French film industry. That’s also when he started his long collaboration with director Alain Resnais with On connait la chanson (1997), Lambert Wilson’s most acclaimed films. The musical, in which Lambert Wilson can showcase his suave voice, won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and 7 César awards, including Best film. Lambert Wilson was also nominated for his performance in On connait la chanson but the César went to his co-star in the film Jean-Pierre Bacri. The 2000’s were really a testament to Lambert Wilson’s versatility as an actor. He appeared in more critically acclaimed dramas by Alain Resnais (Pas sur la bouche, Cœurs), as well as box-office comedies despised by the same press (Jet Set, HS Service, L’anniversaire). Watch and stream French movies with TV5MONDE USA, the best offer for French movies with English subtitles in America.

The decade also marked his return to Hollywood. Now a successful actor in France, Lambert Wilson tried his luck once more at making it in America. He made his Hollywood comeback in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) as the character "The Merovingian". His over the top, mesmerizing monologue gained him real recognition among fans of the Matrix saga. He then went to be cast in Catwoman (2004), another movie titled Sahara and Mathieu Kassovitz’ ambitious but flawed sci-fi movie Babylon A.D.

In 2010, he was nominated (and lost) a sixth time for the César award for best actor for his role in Of Gods and Men. He also landed roles in many other successful French movies: Sur la piste du Marsupilami, Alceste à bicyclette, Barbecue, La Vache. He received praise for two biopics, L’Odyssée, in which he played oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, and Charles de Gaulle in Gabriel Le Bomin’s De Gaulle. He also appeared in the highly regarded dramedy with Isabelle Huppert and Vincent Lacoste Tout de suite maintenant, available on TV5MONDE USA.

 

Lambert Wilson on video

Watch Lambert Wilson talk in English about his role in Mrs Harris Goes to Paris (2022)

Lambert Wilson talking about Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

 

Lambert Wilson’s filmography

Klandestin WT (filming

Richard

2023


Des mains en or (post-production

François

2023

 

Les choses simples 

Vincent

2022

 

Ernest et Célestine: Le voyage en Charabie 

Ernest (voice)

2022

 

Plancha 

Antoine Chevalier

2022

 

Une robe pour Mrs Harris 

Marquis de Chassagne

2021-2022

 

Totems (TV Series) 

Charles Contignet

2021

 

Matrix Resurrections 

The Merovingian

2021

 

Benedetta 

Le nonce

2020

 

Shuttlecock 

John Prentis

2020

 

De Gaulle 

Charles de Gaulle

2019

 

Les traducteurs 

Eric Angstrom

2019

 

Calls (TV Series) 

Paul Donner

2019

 

Au bout des doigts 

Pierre Geithner

2018

 

Volontaire 

Commandant Rivière

2017

 

L'Échange des princesses 

Philippe V

2017

 

Telle mère, telle fille 

Marc Daursault

2017

 

Corporate 

Stéphane Froncart

2016

 

Tout de suite maintenant 

Barsac

2016

 

Les confessions 

Kis

2016

 

L'odyssée 

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

2016

 

La vache 

Philippe

2016

 

Solo 

Michele

2015

 

Enragés 

Le père

2014

 

Suite française 

Viscount de Montmort

2014

 

Posthumous 

Daniel S. Volpe

2014

 

La Femme du Diplomate 

Valéry / husband

2014

 

Barbecue 

Antoine Chevalier

2013

 

Le crime du sommelier 

Professore

2013

 

Alceste à bicyclette 

Gauthier Valence

2012

 

Manipulations (TV Movie) 

Franck Barrot

2012

 

The Hollow Crown (TV Series) 

Charles, King of France

2012

 

Ernest et Célestine 

Ernest (voice)

2012

 

Vous n'avez encore rien vu 

Lambert Wilson / Orphée #2

2012

 

Sur la piste du Marsupilami 

Général Pochero

2012

 

À l'aveugle 

Narvik

2011

 

Claire Diterzi - Aux marches du palais - Rosa la Rouge (Video short) 

2010

 

Des hommes et des dieux 

Christian

2010

 

La princesse de Montpensier 

François de Chabannes

2010

 

Imogène McCarthery 

Samuel Tyler

2009

 

Victor 

Courcelle

2009

 

The Philanthropist (TV Series) 

Yves Moehringer

2008

 

Projet Lazarus 

Avery

2008

 

Babylon A.D. 

Darquandier

2008

 

Comme les autres 

Le docteur Emmanuel François Xavier Bernier dit Manu

2008

 

Le grand alibi 

Le docteur Pierre Collier

2008

 

Dante 01 

Saint-Georges

2007

 

Le casse du siècle 

Finch

2006

 

Coeurs 

Dan

2005

 

Palais royal! 

Prince Arnaud

2005

 

L'anniversaire 

Raphaël

2005

 

Gentille 

Philippe

2005

 

Sahara 

Yves Massarde

2005

 

Catwoman 

George Hedare

2004

 

People 

Frère Arthus

2004

 

Colette, une femme libre (TV Mini Series) 

Henry de Jouvenel

2003

 

Pas sur la bouche 

Éric Thomson

2003

 

Prisonniers du temps 

Lord Arnaut

2003

 

Matrix Revolutions 

Merovingian

2003

 

Dédales 

Brennac

2003

 

Matrix Reloaded 

Merovingian

2003

 

Il est plus facile pour un chameau... 

Aurelio

2002

 

Le divin enfant (TV Movie) 

Pere Marc Aubray

2001

 

Far from China 

Jean-Pierre

2001

 

HS - hors service 

Francis

2000

 

Combat d'amour en songe 

Sebatol / un Pirate

2000

 

Jet Set 

Artus de Poulignac

2000

 

Don Quixote (TV Movie) 

Duke

1999

 

The Last September 

Hugo Montmorency

1998

 

Trop (peu) d'amour 

Paul / husband

1997

 

On connaît la chanson 

Marc Duveyrier

1997

 

Marquise 

Racine

1996

 

The Leading Man 

Felix Webb

1996

 

Les caprices d'un fleuve 

Monsieur de la Malène

1995

 

Pour une vie ou deux

Noël Gregorio

1995

 

Jefferson à Paris 

Marquis de Lafayette

1994

 

Les caprices de Marianne 

Octave

1994

 

Une qui promet

Ferdinand

1993

 

L'instinct de l'ange 

Henry

1992

 

Frankenstein

Clerval

1992

 

Warszawa. Année 5703 

Alek

1992

 

Un homme et deux femmes 

Dr. Paul Baudoin

1991

 

Entre chien et loup 

John Prentis

1989

 

Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre 

L'abbé Pierre

1989

 

Suivez cet avion 

Rémi Cerneaux

1989

 

La vouivre 

Arsène Muselier

1988

 

El Dorado 

Ursúa

1988

 

Chouans! 

Tarquin

1988

 

Les possédés 

Nikolaj Stavrogin

1987

 

Le ventre de l'architecte 

Caspasian Speckler

1986

 

La storia (TV Series) 

Carlo Vivaldi / Davide Segre

1986

 

Corps et biens 

Michel Sauvage

1986

 

Bleu comme l'enfer 

Ned

1985

 

Rouge baiser 

Stéphane

1985

 

L'homme aux yeux d'argent 

Villain

1985

 

Rendez-vous 

Quentin

1984

 

La femme publique 

Milan Mliska

1984

 

Le sang des autres

Paul

1983

 

La caravane 

Éric

1983

 

Sahara 

Jaffar

1982

 

Ce fut un bel été 

Antoine

1982

 

La boum 2 

Félix Maréchal

1982

 

Cinq jours, ce printemps là 

Johann Biari

1982

 

Histoire contemporaine

Henri de Brèce

1981

 

Chanel Solitaire 

1981

 

La dernière nuit

L'aide-bourreau

1981

 

Quatre femmes, quatre vies

Jean-Paul Taillandier

1980

 

L'inconnue d'Arras

Le grand-père

1980

 

Au feu le préfet 

Patrick Callaghan

1980

 

Cinéma 16 (TV Series) 

Gilbert

1979

 

De l'enfer à la victoire 

Patrice - French Resistance Member

1979

 

Lady Oscar 

Un soldat insolent

1979

 

New Generation 

Jean-Charles

1979

 

Le Gendarme et les Extra-terrestres 

L'extra-terrestre qui parle avec Beaupied (uncredited)

1978

 

Gaston Phébus

Yvain

1977

 

Julia 

Walter Franz

1977

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Lambert Wilson smiling in the sunshine at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 - Copyright wikimedia
Lambert Wilson smiling in the sunshine at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 - Copyright wikimedia