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      Michaël Lonsdale

      Michaël Lonsdale

      Highest Rated: 100% Gebo and the Shadow (2012)

      Lowest Rated: 27% The Holcroft Covenant (1985)

      Birthday: May 24, 1931

      Birthplace: Paris, France

      A highly respected character actor for over five decades, Michael Lonsdale was an understated but consistently believable presence in European films, as well as Hollywood efforts lensed there, including "The Bride Wore Black" (1966), "The Day of the Jackal" (1973), "Moonraker" (1979)" and "Of Gods and Men" (2010). His quiet but forceful presence frequently led to him being cast as religious figures, like the Benedictine abbot in "The Name of the Rose" (1986) and the philosophical monk in "Gods and Men," but he also essayed his share of lawyers, businessmen, government officials and a few royals, to which he brought carefully measured layers of humanity. Lonsdale's success in Europe attracted the attention of Hollywood, but save for a few studio pictures like the James Bond adventure "Moonraker," he assiduously avoided American features in favor of continental fare. He grew busier as he grew older, yielding greater acclaim and awards, including a Cesar for "Of Gods and Men" in his eighth decade. Lonsdale's commitment to his art, and the sheer quantity of exceptional performances to his name, made him one of Europe's most well regarded players.

      Highest rated movies

      Gebo and the Shadow
      Mr. Klein
      Stolen Kisses
      Nelly & Monsieur Arnold
      The Remains of the Day
      Murmur of the Heart
      Of Gods and Men
      The Day of the Jackal

      Photos

      THE PASSAGE, (aka PASSEUR D'HOMMES), from left: Michael Lonsdale, Malcolm McDowell, 1979, © United Artists MOONRAKER, Michael Lonsdale, 1979 OUT 1, (aka OUT 1, NOLI ME TANGERE), from left: Bernadette Lafont, Michael Lonsdale, 1971. ©Carlotta Films US MOONRAKER, Michael Lonsdale, 1979, © MGM HEARTBEAT DETECTOR, (aka THE HUMAN QUESTION, aka LA QUESTION HUMAINE), Laetitia Spigarelli, Michael Lonsdale, 2007. ©New Yorker Films THE GIRL WITH THE CELLO, (aka LA FILLE AU VIOLONCELLE), Angela McDonald, Michael Lonsdale, 1973 THE GIRL WITH THE CELLO, (aka LA FILLE AU VIOLONCELLE), Michael Lonsdale, 1973 THE HOLCROFT COVENANT, Anthony Andrews, Michael Lonsdale, Victoria Tennant, Mario Adorf, Michael Caine, 1985, (c) Universal MOONRAKER, Toshiro Suga, Michael Lonsdale, 1979, © MGM MOONRAKER, Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, 1979. (c) United Artists. MOONRAKER, Michael Lonsdale (center), 1979 THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY, (aka LE FANTOME DE LA LIBERTE), Ann-Marie Deschott, Michel Lonsdale, Adriana Asti, 1974. ENIGMA, from left: Martin Sheen, Michael Lonsdale, 1983, © Embassy GOYA'S GHOSTS, Michael Lonsdale (far right), 2006. ©Warner Bros. AGORA, from left: Michael Lonsdale, Rachel Weisz, 2009. Ph: Teresa Isasi/©Newmarket Films AGORA, foreground from left: Rachel Weisz, Michael Lonsdale, 2009. Ph: Teresa Isasi/©Newmarket Films GOYA'S GHOSTS, Michael Lonsdale, 2006. ©Warner Bros. OF GODS AND MEN, (aka DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX), Michael Lonsdale (right), 2010. ©Sony Pictures Classics OF GODS AND MEN, (aka DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX), Michael Lonsdale, 2010. ©Sony Pictures Classics OF GODS AND MEN, (aka DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUX), from left: Jacques Herlin, Michael Lonsdale, 2010. ©Sony Pictures Classics

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Degas et Moi Edgar Degas (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le film de Bazin Narrator - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les premiers, les derniers Jean-Berchmans (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rosenn Unknown (Voice) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salvador Dali Tragicomic Genius Narrator - 2014
      No Score Yet 52% Maestro Cedric Rovere (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le renard jaune Jean Virno (Character) - 2013
      100% 51% Gebo and the Shadow Gebo (Character) - 2012
      76% 65% Free Men Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit (Character) $53.8K 2011
      No Score Yet 48% Tootuff Le psy (Voice) - 2011
      No Score Yet 40% The Cardboard Village Il vecchio prete (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachel, Le Cirque Celeste Unknown (Character) - 2011
      92% 75% Of Gods and Men Luc (Character) $4.0M 2010
      56% 65% Agora Theon (Character) $617.8K 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Je vais te manquer Unknown (Character) - 2008
      77% 59% The Last Mistress Vicomte de Prony (Character) $785.0K 2007
      80% 48% Heartbeat Detector Mathias (Character) $5.3K 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet La Question Humaine Mathias Jüst (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 30% Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure Unknown (Voice) - 2007
      30% 57% Goya's Ghosts Inquisitor General (Character) $1.0M 2006
      No Score Yet 40% Once Upon a Tomorrow Le vieux monsieur (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 38% Bye Bye Blackbird Robert (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 62% Good Girl Jean (Character) - 2005
      78% 83% Munich Papa (Character) $47.4M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les Invisibles Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invisible Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le parfum de la dame en noir Professor Stangerson (Character) - 2005
      65% 69% 5x2 Bernard (Character) $127.7K 2004
      No Score Yet 50% Under a False Name David Ginsberg (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adieu Serge (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 56% The Mystery of the Yellow Room Stangerson (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le furet Don Salvadore (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Monkey's Tale Maître Flavius (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet 32% Don Juan Don Luis (Character) - 1998
      70% 80% Ronin Jean-Pierre (Character) $41.6M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dieu sait quoi Narrator - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mauvais genre Honoré de Balzac (Character) - 1997
      96% 83% Nelly & Monsieur Arnold Dolabella (Character) $1.2M 1996
      31% 35% Jefferson in Paris Louis XVI (Character) $2.5M 1995
      96% 90% The Remains of the Day Dupont D'Ivry (Character) $23.0M 1993
      No Score Yet 49% My Life Is Hell Gabriel (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maigret and the Burglar's Wife Monsieur Serre (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Souvenir Xavier Lorion (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Madonna Man Tanzmann (Character) - 1987
      76% 85% The Name of the Rose The Abbot (Character) $5.2M 1986
      27% 30% The Holcroft Covenant Ernst Manfredi (Character) $151.6K 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet La voix humaine Director - 1983
      No Score Yet 82% Erendira Senator Onésimo Sanchez (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet 28% Enigma Bodley (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chronopolis Narrator - 1982
      No Score Yet 54% The Bunker Martin Bormann (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet 41% The Passage Alain Renoudot (Character) - 1979
      60% 43% Moonraker Hugo Drax (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Left-Handed Woman Der Kellner (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dirty Story Unknown (Character) - 1977
      100% No Score Yet Mr. Klein Pierre (Character) $19.7K 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les écrans déchirés Michel (Character),
      Music
      - 1976
      No Score Yet 85% Special Section Pierre Pucheu (Character) - 1975
      80% 38% The Romantic Englishwoman Swan (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pink Telephone Morrison (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aloïse Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad Enough to Kill Stéphane Mostri (Character) - 1975
      85% 60% Stavisky Docteur Mézy (Character) $12.0K 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Successive Slidings of Pleasure Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 20% Caravan to Vaccares Duc de Croyter (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet La vérité sur l'imaginaire passion d'un inconnu Le reporter TV / Ponce Pilate (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 70% Successive Slidings of Pleasure Unknown (Character) - 1974
      83% 65% India Song Unknown (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Suspects Le juge Souftries (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Pockets in a Shroud Raymond (Character) - 1974
      90% 88% The Day of the Jackal Lebel (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chut Unknown (Character) - 1972
      94% 86% Murmur of the Heart Father Henri (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Papa the Little Boats Hippolyte (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spring Unknown (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Autumn Julien (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 59% Hibernatus Le professeur Édouard Loriebat (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Destroy, She Said Stein (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nail Clippers Le mari (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stud Both (Character) - 1969
      97% 89% Stolen Kisses Georges Tabard (Character) - 1968
      85% 80% The Bride Wore Black Rene Morane (Character) $42.3K 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Les Compagnons de la Marguerite Lastac / Lataque, expert en écritures / La voix du juge d'instruction (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Authentic Trial of Carl Emmanuel Jung Defense (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hail, Mafia Hyman (Character) - 1965
      84% 87% The Trial Priest (Character) $90.5K 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snobs! Charles Dufaut (Character) - 1961