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Tchéky Karyo

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, TCHEKY KARYO grew up in Paris. He studied drama at the Cyrano Theater and became a member of the Daniel Sorano Company, where he played numerous classical roles. Karyo next joined the National Theater of Strasbourg, where he starred in contemporary theater as well as in such classical works as Tartuffe, Macbeth and Othello.

Karyo is one of France's most popular actors. Nominated for a Cesar Award for his starring role in La Balance, he received the prestigious Jean Gabin Prize in 1986 in recognition of his talent.

To American audiences, he is perhaps most recognizable for his roles in blockbuster and independent films such as The Core with Hilary Swank, Roland Emmerich's The Patriot, Griffin Dunne's Addicted to Love, Micheal Bay's Bad Boys, Neil Jordan's The Good Thief and Nigel Cole's Saving Grace.

Karyo recently completed filming Blueberry in France, with Vincent Cassel, Michael Madsen and Juliette Lewis. He is currently in Europe filming Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) with Audrey Tautou, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; and 10 Petits Blames, directed by Sarah Levy.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Tchéky Karyo Facts

BirthdayOctober 4, 1953 (67)
BirthplaceIstanbul, Turkey

Selected Filmography

Not available.