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      Niels Arestrup

      Niels Arestrup

      Highest Rated: 100% I, You, She, He (1974)

      Lowest Rated: 35% By the Sea (2015)

      Birthday: Feb 8, 1949

      Birthplace: Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

      Since the 1960s, French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup has played shady and corrupt characters in everything from theatrical stage productions to feature films. After graduating from high school, Arestrup trained at the prestigious drama academy founded by Russian actress Tania Balachova. He began acting in the theater, and by the early 1970s had transitioned to film and TV with a steady stream of supporting roles in films like "Stavisky...," about a charismatic con man who almost touches off a civil war in 1930s France; and the political comedy thriller "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." By the end of the '80s, he had moved on from background supporting roles to more substantial parts: he was cast as an antagonistic mercenary in the "Dirty Dozen"-inspired action adventure film "Les loups entre eux," and played a fascist-sympathizing police commander in the political thriller "La Rumba." After spending several years appearing in made-for-TV movies and low-profile thrillers, Arestrup reignited his career in 2005 with a searing performance in Jacques Audiard's BAFTA-winning crime film "The Beat that My Heart Skipped." Arestrup brought a weary toughness to his role as Robert Seyr, a career criminal and deadbeat landlord who forces his son to serve as his enforcer. He later portrayed a viciously cunning Corsican crime boss in Audiard's critically-acclaimed prison drama "A Prophet," and has also appeared as a former hostage victim in the 2007 biopic "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and as a kindly grandfather in Steven Spielberg's World War I epic "War Horse."

      Highest rated movies

      Meeting Venus
      I, You, She, He
      A Prophet
      See You up There
      Diplomacy
      The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
      Our Children
      You Will Be My Son

      Photos

      MEETING VENUS, Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, 1991. ©Warner Bros. SINCERELY, CHARLOTTE, (aka SIGNE CHARLOTTE), Isabelle Huppert, Niels Arestrup, 1985. ©New Line Cinema LA RUMBA, Niels Arestrup, Roger Hanin, 1986 MEETING VENUS, Niels Arestrup, 1991, (c)Warner Bros. MEETING VENUS, Maite Nahyr, Victor Poletti, Dieter Laser, Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, Jay O. Sanders, Johanna Ter Steege, Marian Labuda, Maria De Medeiros, 1991, (c)Warner Bros. THE DUNE, (aka LA DUNE), Niels Arestrup, 2013, ©Le Pacte THE DUNE, (aka LA DUNE), l-r: Emma de Caunes, Niels Arestrup, 2013, ©Le Pacte THE DUNE, (aka LA DUNE), l-r: Lior Ashkenazi,Niels Arestrup, 2013, ©Le Pacte SI C'ETAIT A REFAIRE, (aka IF I HAD IT ALL TO DO OVER AGAIN), Niels Arestrup (second from left), Catherine Deneuve, Charles Denner (in robe), 1976 SI C'ETAIT A REFAIRE, (aka IF I HAD IT TO DO OVER AGAIN), Niels Arestrup, Catherine Deneuve, 1976 MEETING VENUS, Niels Arestrup, 1991. ©Warner Bros. MEETING VENUS, Niels Arestrup, 1991. ©Warner Bros. MEETING VENUS, Niels Arestrup, Glenn Close, 1991. THE BIG PICTURE, (aka L'HOMME QUI VOULAIT VIVRE SA VIE), from left: Romain Duris, Niels Arestrup, 2010. ©MPI Pictures THE BEAT THAT MY HEART SKIPPED, (aka DE BATTRE MON COEUR S'EST ARRETE), Niels Arestrup, Romain Duris, 2005, (c) Wellspring WAR HORSE, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, ph: David Appleby, 2011, ©Touchstone Pictures MEETING VENUS, Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, 1991, (c)Warner Bros. MEETING VENUS, Glenn Close, (l.), 1991, (c)Warner Bros. SINCERELY, CHARLOTTE, (aka SIGNE CHARLOTTE), Isabelle Huppert, Niels Arestrup, 1985. ©New Line Cinema BY THE SEA, from left: Niels Arestrup, Brad Pitt, 2015. ©Universal Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Divertimento Sergiu Celibidache (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case Luc Germon (Character) - 2019
      79% 66% At Eternity's Gate Madman (Character) $2.3M 2018
      94% 82% See You up There Marcel Péricourt (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Montauk Walter (Character) - 2017
      46% 43% Return to Montauk Unknown (Character) - 2017
      35% 29% By the Sea Michel (Character) $531.0K 2015
      94% 80% Diplomacy Général von Choltitz (Character) $230.9K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 96 heures Victor Kancel (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet So Long, Africa Jacques (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dune Reuven (Character) - 2013
      62% 55% The French Minister Claude Maupas (Character) $3.8K 2013
      93% 69% Our Children André Pinget (Character) $5.5K 2012
      89% 69% You Will Be My Son Paul (Character) $221.2K 2011
      75% 74% War Horse Grandfather (Character) $79.9M 2011
      No Score Yet 64% Small World Thomas Senn (Character) - 2010
      73% 82% Sarah's Key Jules Dufaure (Character) $7.7M 2010
      86% 63% The Big Picture Bartholomé (Character) $158.4K 2010
      86% 75% Farewell Vallier (Character) - 2009
      96% 89% A Prophet César Luciani (Character) $2.1M 2009
      94% 92% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Roussin (Character) $6.0M 2007
      No Score Yet 33% The Candidate Unknown (Character),
      Director
      - 2007
      86% 84% The Beat That My Heart Skipped Robert (Character) $1.0M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rainbow Warrior Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lulu Kreutz's Picnic Jascha Steg (Character) $4.8K 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Secret Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sacrifice for Love Oskar de Wilno (Character) - 1992
      100% 76% Meeting Venus Zoltan Szanto (Character) $940.1K 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sincerely Charlotte Mathieu (Character) $372.6K 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Future Is Woman Gordon (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet La danse de mort Kurt (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Night Léon (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Chance Henri Lanot (Character) - 1976
      100% 66% I, You, She, He Truck Driver (Character) - 1974

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 91% Black Butterflies Albert (Character) 2022