Jean-Marc Barr

27 Sep 1960

Actor, Director, Writer

Jean-Marc Barr (born on 27 September 1960 in Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) is a French-American film actor and director. His mother is French. His American father was in the US Air Force and served in the Second World War. Jean-Marc Barr is primarily known as an actor, but is also a film director, screenwriter and producer. Barr is bilingual in French and English: he speaks French with a nasal, hybrid accent, reminiscent of his American upbringing - with a slight American accent and occasional anglicisms in interviews - and English with a Mid-Atlantic accent.

He studied philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Paris Conservatoire and the Sorbonne. He went on to pursue an education in drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In London he met his future wife, a pianist and composer Irina Dečermić.

Jean-Marc Barr began working in theatre in France in 1986. After some television roles and film work, in particular, Hope and Glory (1987) by John Boorman, he was cast in the tremendously successful The Big Blue (1988). Luc Besson cast him in the role of French diver Jacques Mayol. He played in the role opposite Rosanna Arquette and Jean Reno. The Big Blue was the most financially successful film in France in the 1980s.

In 1991, he starred in Danish director Lars von Trier's Europa, marking the beginning of a long friendship (he is the godfather of von Trier's children) as well as a significant professional relationship. He went on to appear in von Trier’s Europa (1991), Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), Dogville (2004) and Manderlay (2005). Also in 2005 he starred in the French film Crustacés et Coquillages.

His collaboration with von Trier put him on track to start directing his own work. He debuted in 1999 as a director, screenwriter and producer with the intimate love story Lovers. This film became the first part of a trilogy; the two subsequent parts being the drama Too Much Flesh (2000) and the comedy Being Light (2001) which he co-directed with Pascal Arnold.

He may also be recognized for his role as the attractive divorce lawyer, Maitre Bertram in the Merchant Ivory film le Divorce (2003). He appeared as Hugo in The Red Siren in 2002. He appeared as the main character in the video for Blur's 1995 single, "Charmless Man".

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Filmography (38 titles)

(movie, 2018)
···Halo of Stars
Role: Actor (as Gerald)
(movie, 2015)
···Grain
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Erol)
(movie, 2013)
···Nymphomaniac: Vol. II
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Debtor Gentleman)
(movie, 2013)
···Big Sur
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jack Kerouac)
(movie, 2013)
···Vandal
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul, l'oncle)
(movie, 2011)
···American Translation
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 2011)
···Les yeux de sa mère
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jean-Paul Tremazan)
(movie, 2010)
···La cité
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Dr. Max Orswell)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Nigel)
(movie, 2008)
···The Anarchist's Wife
Genre: Drama, History
Role: Actor (as Pierre)
(movie, 2008)
···La maison Nucingen
Genre: Horror
Role: Actor (as William Henry James III)
(movie, 2006)
···Direktøren for det hele
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Spencer)
(movie, 2006)
···Chacun sa nuit
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
(movie, 2005)
···Tara Road
Genre: Drama, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Andy)
(movie, 2005)
···Crustacés & coquillages
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Musical
Role: Actor (as Didier)
(movie, 2004)
···CQ2 (Seek You Too)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Steven)
(movie, 2003)
7.1Dogville
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Man with the big Hat)
(movie, 2002)
···La Sirène rouge
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Hugo)
(movie, 2002)
···Les fils de Marie
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Paul)
(movie, 2001)
···Being Light
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 2000)
···Too Much Flesh
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor, Director, Writer
(movie, 2000)
···Dancer in the Dark
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Role: Actor (as Norman)
(movie, 1999)
···Lovers
Genre: Drama
Role: Director
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Ben)
(movie, 1998)
···St. Ives
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Captain Jacques de Keroual de Saint-Yves)
(movie, 1998)
···The Scarlet Tunic
Genre: Drama, Romance, History
Role: Actor (as Matthaus Singer)
(movie, 1996)
···Breaking the Waves
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Terry)
(movie, 1996)
···Lifeline
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Patrick LeMay)
(movie, 1996)
···Marciando nel buio
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Silvio Roatto)
(movie, 1994)
···Le fils préféré
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Philippe)
(movie, 1994)
···Les faussaires
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Baker)
(movie, 1992)
···La peste
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jean Tarrou)
(movie, 1991)
···Europa
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Actor (as Leopold Kessler)
(movie, 1988)
···Le Grand Bleu
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Jacques Mayol)
(movie, 1987)
7.1Hope and Glory
Genre: Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Cpl. Bruce Carrey)
(movie, )
···Manhattan Romance
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alex)