Christopher Lambert

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Christopher Lambert
Christopher Lambert - 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
BornChristophe Guy Denis Lambert
(1957-03-29) 29 March 1957 (age 56)
Great Neck, New York City
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Diane Lane
(1988–1994)
Jaimyse Haft
(1999–2000)
Sophie Marceau
(2012–present)
Children1
 
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Christopher Lambert
Christopher Lambert - 66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra).jpg
BornChristophe Guy Denis Lambert
(1957-03-29) 29 March 1957 (age 56)
Great Neck, New York City
OccupationActor
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Diane Lane
(1988–1994)
Jaimyse Haft
(1999–2000)
Sophie Marceau
(2012–present)
Children1

Christophe Guy Denis "Christopher" Lambert (born 29 March 1957)[1] is a French actor who has appeared in American, as well as French and other European productions. He is best known for his role as Connor MacLeod, or simply "The Highlander", from the movie and subsequent movie franchise series of the same name. He is also known for his roles as Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and as the thunder god Raiden in the first movie adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat.

He is credited internationally as Christopher Lambert, with the exceptions of French-speaking countries, where he is known as Christophe Lambert.

Early life[edit]

Lambert was born in Great Neck, New York.[1] His father was a diplomat in the United Nations. Lambert grew up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Career[edit]

After appearing in supporting parts in several French films, Christopher Lambert was discovered by international audiences when director Hugh Hudson cast him in the title role of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). That same year, he also played his first lead role in a French film by appearing opposite Catherine Deneuve in Paroles et musique. In 1985, Lambert played the male lead in Luc Besson's Subway, for which he was awarded a César Award for Best Actor the next year.[2] Highlander (1986), in which he starred as Connor MacLeod, was an international success, as well as his most famous role. He appeared in all three sequels that were released in cinemas – although he was not in the 2007 movie made for the Sci-Fi Channel – and had a cameo appearance in the pilot episode of the television series.

The Sicilian, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Lambert as Salvatore Giuliano, was released in 1987, and was less successful than his previous pictures, receiving a lukewarm reception by critics and being only marginally profitable. To Kill a Priest, in which he played a character based on Jerzy Popiełuszko, was well received by critics but was a financial failure. Lacking a recent box-office success, Lambert agreed to appear in the first Highlander sequel, Highlander II: The Quickening, which was poorly received.[3]

During the 1990s, Lambert starred in action, thriller and science fiction films such as Knight Moves, Fortress (1993), Gunmen (1994) and Mean Guns (1997), and the Italian-produced Nirvana (1997). His filmography included low-budget films such as Adrenalin: Fear the Rush, which were generally poorly received by critics. Some of his films enjoyed only direct-to-video release.[4][5] In the course of that decade, Lambert also occasionally appeared in French films such as Max et Jérémie (1992).

In 1995, he played the role of the thunder god Raiden in a movie adaptation of the popular video game series Mortal Kombat. Lambert was interested in reprising his character in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but he was committed to his role in Beowulf (1999), and the role was given to James Remar.

In 2001, he played the lead role of Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix in the France-Canada production Druids, which was a critical and financial failure.[6]

Lambert is also active as a film producer and has produced French films such as Patrick Braoudé's Génial, mes parents divorcent (1990) and Neuf mois (1994).[7]

In 2009, Lambert was a lead in Claire Denis' White Material; both the film and Lambert's performance received critical acclaim.[8][9][10]

Lambert had a role in the Marvel Comics film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012).[11] He underwent "sword training for 3 months"[12] and shaved his head.[13] Shortly afterwards, he appeared as the Chameleon in 2 episodes of NCIS:LA.

Personal life[edit]

Lambert was married to Diane Lane from October 1988[14] to 1994.[1] They have a daughter, Eleanor Jasmine.[1] He married Jaiymse Haft on 6 February 1999.[1] Since 2007, Lambert has been in a relationship with Sophie Marceau, with whom he appeared in La disparue de Deauville.[15] They married in 2012.[16]

Lambert has profound myopia and cannot see without his glasses. Because he cannot wear contact lenses, he is often forced to act while virtually blind. This has led to injuries while performing his own stunts without glasses.[17] His myopia is often credited as being part of his appeal, by giving his stare a peculiar charm.[18]

Winery[edit]

Along with owning a mineral water business and food processing plant, Lambert produces Côtes-du-Rhône wines with partner Eric Beaumard at a vineyard located in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, France. Beaumard has primary creative control of the winery, but Lambert conducts barrel tests and monitors the various stages of evolution.[citation needed]

Production company[edit]

Lambert is also sole owner of Lamb Bear Productions, the name of the company is a play on his name "pronounced Lamb-bear".

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1963Who's Minding the Store?Child ActorUncredited
1979Ciao, les mecsUn loubard à la soirée dansanteCredited as Christophe Lambert
1980Telephone Bar, TheThe Telephone BarPaul "Bébé" FranchiCredited as Christophe Lambert
1981DouchkaTV Movie
AsphaltUn médecin à l'hôpital / The doctorCredited as Christophe Lambert
sale affaire, UneUne sale affaireMullardCredited as Christophe Lambert
Putain d'histoire d'amourInspecteur de policeCredited as Christophe Lambert
1982Légitime violenceJockeyCredited as Christophe Lambert
Cinéma 16MarcelTV (1 Episode)
1984Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the ApesJohn Clayton / Tarzan
1985Paroles et musiqueJeremyCredited as Christophe Lambert
SubwayFredCésar Award for Best Actor Credited as Christophe Lambert
1986HighlanderConnor MacLeod / Russell Nash
I Love YouMichelCredited as Christophe Lambert
1987Sicilian, TheThe SicilianSalvatore Giuliano
1988Love DreamMenrou
To Kill a PriestFather Alek
1990Why Me?Gus Cardinale
1991Highlander II: The QuickeningConnor MacLeod
1992Knight MovesPeter Sanderson
1992Highlander: The SeriesConnor MacLeodTV (one episode)
1992Max & JeremieJeremie KolachowskyCredited as Christophe Lambert
1992GunmenDani Servigo
1993Loaded Weapon 1Man with Car PhoneUncredited
1993FortressJohn Henry Brennick
1994RoadflowerJack
1994Highlander III: The SorcererConnor MacLeod / Russell Nash
1995Hunted, TheThe HuntedPaul Racine
1995Mortal KombatLord Raiden
1995Nine MonthsExecutive Producer
1996North StarHudson SaanteekCredited as Christophe Lambert
1996Adrenalin: Fear the RushLemieux
1996Hercule et SherlockVincentCredited as Christophe Lambert
1997NirvanaJimi Dini
1997ArletteFrank MartinCredited as Christophe Lambert
1997Mean GunsLou
1999Operation SplitsvilleMax, P.E. Teacher
1999ResurrectionJohn Prudhomme
1999BeowulfBeowulf
1999GideonGideon Oliver Dobbs
2000Fortress 2: Re-EntryJohn Henry Brennick
2000Highlander: EndgameConnor MacLeod
2001ApartéShort Film
2001VercingétorixVercingetorixCredited as Christophe Lambert
2001MazinkaiserAdditional VoicesVideo game
2001Point Men, TheThe Point MenTony Eckhardt
2002King of Bandit JingAdditional VoicesTelevision miniseries, credited as Chris Lambert
2002Piano Player, TheThe Piano PlayerAlex Laney
2003AbsolonDetective Norman Scot
2003Janis and JohnLéon
2004Á ton imageThomas
2005DalidaRichard Chanfray, dit le comte de Saint-GermainTelevision miniseries
2006Day of WrathRuy de Mendoza
2006Southland TalesWalter Mung
2006Lièvre de Vatanen, LeLe Lièvre de VatanenTom VatanenCredited as Christophe Lambert
2007MetamorphosisConstantine Thurzo
2007TrivialJacquesCredited as Christophe Lambert
2008The ChauffeurDevereaux
2008CartagenaCine NomineThelma Films, Arte France Cinéma
2009White MaterialAndre VialCredited as Christophe Lambert
2009Associés, LesLes AssociésPhilippe KaminskiTelevision film; credited as Christophe Lambert
2009L'homme de chevetLeoCredited as Christophe Lambert
2010Secret of the Whales, TheThe Secret of the WhalesChris CassellTelevision film
2012Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceMethodius
2012Dark Star Hollow
2012Blood ShotThe President
2012The Foreigner[19]Vincent
2012–2013NCIS: LAChameleon / DeGramontTV series (6 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Christopher Lambert Biography (1957–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  2. ^ César Awards official site, last accessed 21 November 2007
  3. ^ Ecranlarge.com – Portrait : Christophe Lambert
  4. ^ Christopher Lambert interview
  5. ^ What Ever Happened To... Christopher Lambert?
  6. ^ Peplums info : Vercingétorix
  7. ^ Christophe Lambert : portrait d'un acteur français de talent
  8. ^ "Review: Running Scared: Claire Denis' White Material". Retrieved 18 January 2011. 
  9. ^ "How Christophe Lambert went from action flops to arthouse acclaim". The Guardian. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "Announcement of Ghost Rider 2 casting". Official Christopher Lambert Website. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  12. ^ "Ghost Rider 2 Casting Updates: Ciaran Hinds, Iris Elba, Johnny Whitworth & Christopher Lambert". Fusedfilm.com. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  13. ^ "La bonne étoile de Christophe Lambert (French language)". TVMag.com. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  14. ^ Dougherty, Margot; David Hutchings (13 February 1989). "Diane Lane, with a New Husband and No Fear of Flying, Takes Wing Again in Lonesome Dove". People. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  15. ^ Atkinson, Michael (2008). Exile cinema: filmmakers at work beyond Hollywood. SUNY Press. pp. 82–86. 
  16. ^ From Süddeutsche Magazin
  17. ^ "From Apeman to Mogul". EW.com. 23 September 1993. 
  18. ^ La Disparue de Deauville
  19. ^ "The Foreigner (I) (2012)". Retrieved 11 November 2012. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Miles O'Keeffe
in Tarzan, the Ape Man
Actors to portray Tarzan
1984
in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes
Succeeded by
Joe Lara
in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures