Vincent Pérez

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Vincent Pérez
Vincent Pérez Cannes.jpg
Vincent Pérez at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
BornVincent Pérez
(1964-06-10) 10 June 1964 (age 50)
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Karine Silla (1998–present)
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Vincent Pérez
Vincent Pérez Cannes.jpg
Vincent Pérez at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival
BornVincent Pérez
(1964-06-10) 10 June 1964 (age 50)
Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Karine Silla (1998–present)

Vincent Pérez (born 10 June 1964) is a Swiss actor, director and photographer. He is best known internationally for playing the title character Ashe Corven in The Crow: City of Angels,[1] and for starring in Queen of the Damned, playing Marius de Romanus. Some of his notable films in French cinema include Cyrano de Bergerac, Le Bossu, La Reine Margot and Indochine.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Pérez was born on June 10, 1964 in Lausanne, Switzerland, of Spanish and German descent.[3] His mother was a homemaker and his father worked in the import-export business.[4] He commenced acting studies in Geneva, followed by the CNSAD and completed his training at the school of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers.[2] He started acting in theatre before starring in films.[3]

Cinematic career[edit]

His breakthrough role was starring opposite Gérard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac.[5] He was nominated for a César Award.[6] He has since appeared in various films and his onscreen leading ladies have included Catherine Deneuve, Kim Basinger, Isabelle Adjani and Aaliyah.[3]

On television, he starred in Paris enquêtes criminelles, the French remake of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Pérez starred as Lieutenant Vincent Revel.[2]

He has also gone into directing. Two of his shorts, L'échange and Rien à dire, have been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.[7]


He has exhibited his photographic work during festivals and in art galleries.[8] For example, his exhibition entitled Face to Face, which featured photographs of Carla Bruni, Johnny Hallyday or Gerard Depardieu, was unveiled at Rencontres d'Arles, an annual photography festival in Arles, France.[8] In December 2012, he exhibited his photographs of dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet at the RuArts in Moscow, Russia.[9] Two years later, in December 2014, he exhibited them again at the Accademia Fine Art Gallery in Monte Carlo, Monaco.[8][10]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to French actress Karine Silla; they have three children together.[8]



1986Gardien de la nuit (Guardian of the Night)Armand
1987Hôtel de FranceSerge
1988La maison de jade (The House of Jade)Bernard Gretz
1990Cyrano de BergeracChristian de NeuvilletteCésar Award Nominee for Most Promising Actor (Meilleur espoir masculin)
Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa (The Voyage of Captain Fracassa)Baron of Sigognac
1991La neige et le feuJacques Sénéchal
1992Cendre d'or
Indochine (Indochina)Jean-Baptiste
L'échangeCannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Nominee for Best Short Film
Short written and directed by Vincent Perez
1994La Reine Margot (Queen Margot)La Môle
1995Al di là delle nuvole (Beyond the Clouds)Niccolo
1996Ligne de vie (Line of Life)Philippe
The Crow: City of AngelsAshe Corven/The Crow
1997Swept from the SeaYanko Gooral
Le bossuDuc de NeversCésar Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)
Cabourg Romantic Film Festival Award for Best Actor
1998Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train)VivianeCésar Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)
The TreatPierre
Talk of AngelsFrancisco Areavaga
1999Le temps retrouvé, d'après l'oeuvre de Marcel Proust (Marcel Proust's Time Regained)Morel
Rien à direCannes Film Festival Golden Palm Award Nominee for Best Short Film
Short directed by Vincent Perez
2000Épouse-moi (Marry Me)Hadrien Roche
Le Libertin (The Libertine)Denis Diderot
I Dreamed of AfricaPaolo Gallmann
2001Les morsures de l'aube (Love Bites)Young actor
Bride of the WindOskar Kokoschka
2002Queen of the DamnedMarius de Romanus
Peau d'Ange (Once Upon An Angel)Nominated at the Montreal World Film Festival for the Grand Prix des Amériques
Written and directed by Vincent Perez
2003Le pharmacien de garde (The Pharmacist)Yan Lazarrec
La felicità non-costa niente (Happiness Costs Nothing)Francesco
Fanfan la TulipeFanfan la Tulipe
Je reste! (I'm Staying!)Bertrand Delpire
2004Bienvenue en SuisseAloïs Couchepin
Nouvelle-France (New France aka Battle of the Brave)Intendant le Bigot
2007Kod apokalipsisa (The Apocalypse Code)LuiMTV Movie Award (Russia) Nominee for Best Fight; shared with Anastasiya Zavorotnyuk
Credited as Vensan Peres
Arn – Tempelriddaren (Arn – The Knight Templar)Brother Guilbert
Si j'étais toi (The Secret)Produced and directed by Vincent Perez
2009Demain dès l'aube (Tomorrow at Dawn)Mathieu
2010InhaleDr. Martinez
The Last Warrior
2012Lines of Wellington


1986Série noireYvon1 episode, Piège à flics
1998Shot Through the HeartSlavko
2000Scénarios sur la drogueDirected 1 episode, Scénarios sur la drogue
2005Le jugeMarc Steiner
2006Avec le temps...Philippe Julliart
Jeanne Poisson, Marquise de PompadourLouis XV
2007Paris enquêtes criminelles (Law & Order: Paris)Vincent Revel20 episodes
2008Die JahrhundertlawineMarc
2010Lo scandalo della Banca RomanaClemente Claudet

Awards and nominations[edit]

César Awards[edit]

1991Most Promising Actor (Meilleur jeune espoir masculin)Cyrano de BergeracNominated[2][6]
1998Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)Le bossuNominated[2][6]
1998Best Supporting Actor (Meilleur second rôle masculin)Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le trainNominated[2][6]

Palme d'Or[edit]

1992Best Short FilmL'échangeNominated[2]
1999Best Short FilmRien à direNominated[2]

Montréal World Film Festival[edit]

2002Grand Prix des AmériquesPeau d'angeNominated[2]

MTV Movie Awards, Russia[edit]

2008Best Fight'Kod apokalipsisaNominated[2]

Cabourg Romantic Film Festival[edit]

1992Prix Jean GabinWon[2]
2008Best ActorLe bossuWon[2]


  1. ^ Shapiro, Mark. "Vincent Perez is Ashe. The Crow: City of Angels Official Magazine. 1996. Retrieved 18 April 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Internet Movie Database – Vincent Perez
  3. ^ a b c d Guerif, Francois. "Vincent Perez Unmasked". Vogue Hommes International Mode. 1997. Retrieved 18 April 2010.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Peres, Daniel. "Perez is Burning". W Magazine. May 2000. retrieved 18 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b c d Académie des César – Site Officiel
  7. ^ Cannes International Film Festival Official Website
  8. ^ a b c d Vincent Perez exhibits his Bolchoi Ballet photos in Monaco, Monaco Reporter, December 8, 2014
  9. ^ Tatiana ChramtchenkoLe « Bolchoï » de Vincent Perez exposé à Moscou, Russia Beyond the Headlines, December 10, 2012
  10. ^ Vincent Perez, un artiste aux multiples facettes, Monaco Info, November 27, 2014

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