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      Simon Abkarian

      Simon Abkarian

      Highest Rated: 100% Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Restless (2022)

      Birthday: Mar 5, 1962

      Birthplace: Gonesse, France

      French-Armenian actor Simon Abkarian garnered the most attention in his career with his portrayal of Armenian-American painter Arshile Gorky in Armenian-Canadian director Atom Egoyan's "Ararat." Though the film is largely about the Armenian genocide in Turkey, its subject matter is more about the ways truth is represented within or through art. In 2004, Abkarian played a Lebanese Muslim chef who has an affair with an Irish-American microbiologist, played by Joan Allen, in the expressionist art house film "Yes." "Casino Royale," a James Bond film, helped Abkarian gain even more international and mainstream exposure; he played a Greek contractor for the main villain, Le Chiffre, and his international crime organization, in opposition to James Bond, played by Daniel Craig. The following year, Abkarian, along with notable international actors Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni, voiced the main characters in the animated French-language version of "Persepolis," based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic-novel memoir about growing up during the Iranian Revolution. Mastroianni played Marjane, while Deneuve and Abkarian played her mother and father. Though the film was well received, Sean Penn took over the role of the father in the English version of the film, so unfortunately Abkarian's work was obscured in countries that didn't show the French version. In "The Army of Crime," Abkarian had the lead role as Armenian exile Missak Manouchian, poet and founder of a communist resistance group in the French Resistance during the Nazi occupation of France.

      Highest rated movies

      Someone, Somewhere
      Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
      The Wedding Song
      Casino Royale
      The Army of Crime
      When the Cat's Away...
      Cyrano, My Love
      Almost Peaceful

      Photos

      ARMENIA, (aka LE VOYAGE EN ARMENIE, aka ARMENIE), Gerard Meylan, Serge Avedikian, Ariane Ascaride, Simon Abkarian, writer/director Robert Guediguian, on set, 2006. ©Diaphana Films YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics TRUTH ABOUT CHARLIE, Simon Abkarian, 2002, (c) Universal YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics THE ARMY OF CRIME, (aka L'ARMEE DU CRIME), Simon Abkarian (center), 2009. ©Lorber Films YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics YES, Simon Abkarian, Joan Allen, 2004, (c) Sony Pictures Classics ARMENIA, (aka LE VOYAGE EN ARMENIE, aka ARMENIE), Gerard Meylan, Simon Abkarian, Ariane Ascaride, 2006. ©Diaphana Films OVERDRIVE, SIMON ABKARIAN, 2017. ©PARAMOUNT

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      20% 38% Restless Marelli (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cop Goes Missing Tristan (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Notebooks: Ronit Self - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Notebooks: Viviane Unknown (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Licence to Build Müller (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Le chemin du bonheur Saül Birnbaum (Character) - 2021
      100% 76% Someone, Somewhere L'épicier (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Audition Philippe Bronsky (Character) - 2019
      89% 89% The Swallows of Kabul Atiq (Voice) - 2019
      81% 97% Cyrano, My Love Ange Floury (Character) $350.3K 2018
      52% 43% The Eavesdropper Gerfaut (Character) - 2017
      29% 27% Overdrive Jacomo Morier (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 88% Djam Kakourgos (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 71% Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad Hovannès Alexandrian (Character) - 2015
      40% 81% 1915 Simon (Character) $43.8K 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pseudonym Monsieur (Character) - 2014
      58% 67% The Cut Krikor (Character) $28.1K 2014
      100% 81% Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem Elisha Amsallem (Character) $987.8K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Colt 45 Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 34% Angelique L'avocat François Desgrez (Character) - 2013
      76% 65% Zarafa Hassan (Voice) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Force Jimi Weiss (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 28% Tete De Turc Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turk's Head Le veuf (Character) - 2010
      88% 68% The Army of Crime Missak Manouchian (Character) $35.4K 2009
      38% 40% Rage Merlin (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 67% 7 Days Eliyau (Character) - 2008
      94% 75% The Wedding Song Raoul (Character) $30.8K 2008
      No Score Yet 81% Khamsa Le père (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 45% Secrets of State Al Barad (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 22% Trivial Pierre (Character) - 2007
      96% 92% Persepolis Dad (Voice) $4.4M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ben Barka Affair Oufkir (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Armenia Sarkis Arabian (Character) - 2006
      94% 90% Casino Royale Dimitrios (Character) $167.0M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Serpent Sam (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 40% Gamblers Sahak (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Demon Stirs Julien Cestac (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 53% Zaina, Rider of the Atlas Omar (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed Mehdi Ben Barka (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet In Your Dreams Wilson (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 33% To Take a Wife Eliahou (Character) - 2004
      53% 74% Yes He (Character) $396.0K 2004
      No Score Yet 62% Not for or Against Lecarpe (Character) - 2003
      55% 71% Ararat Arshile Gorky (Character) $1.6M 2002
      34% 27% The Truth About Charlie Lieutenant Dessalines (Character) $5.3M 2002
      73% 68% Almost Peaceful M. Albert (Character) $105.9K 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aram Aram (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Out of Hell Simon (Character) - 1997
      88% 77% When the Cat's Away... Carlos (Character) $1.8M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Time Has Come Unknown (Character) - 1994

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 33% Notre-Dame Unknown (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playground The Father (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spooks Dariush Bakhshi (Character) 2007