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Simon Abkarian

Simon Abkarian (born 5 March 1962) is a French-Armenian actor. Born in Gonesse, Val d'Oise, of Armenian descent, Abkarian spent his childhood in Lebanon. He moved to Los Angeles, where he joined an Armenian theater company managed by Gerald Papazian. He returned to France in 1985, settling in Paris. He took classes at the Acting International school, then he joined Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil. Abkarian left the Théâtre du Soleil in 1993 and played in 2001 "Beast on the Moon" by Richard Kalinoski, directed by Irina Brook, a play about the life of a survivor of the Genocide of the Armenians, a role which won him critical acclaims and the Molière of the best comedian. His first roles in cinema were proposed by French filmaker Cédric Klapisch, who asked him to play in several of his movies, notably in "Chacun cherche son chat" ("When the Cat is Away" (1996) and in "Ni pour, ni contre (bien au contraire)" en 2003. He was featured in Sally Potter's Yes (2004), in which he played the lead role. Abkarian then played Mehdi Ben Barka in the thriller "J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka" by Serge Le Péron, about the kidnapping and the murder of the leader of the Moroccan opposition. He then played in "Prendre Femme" by Ronit Elkabetz which won him several interpretation prizes. Playing different roles and in different genres, he was featured in the adventure "Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas" by Bourlem Guerdjou, in the comedy "Le Démon de midi" by Marie-Pascale Osterriet. He has also appeared in Atom Egoyan's Ararat (2002), he was Albert in Almost Peaceful (2004) by French Director Michel Deville a film about Holocaust survivors, he was featured in "Your Dreams" (2005) by Denis Thybaud. He played the role of villain Alex Dimitrios in the James Bond film, Casino Royale. The character is a Government contractor and arms dealer working against Bond. He was featured as Sahak in the thriller "Les Mauvais Joueurs" ("The Gamblers") (2007) by Frédéric Balekdjian. He has also been the voice of Ebi in the French version of the animated feature "Persepolis". Abkarian played the role of the eminent Armenian poet Missak Manouchianin in "Army of Crime" (2010) by Robert Guédiguian, a French filmaker based in Marseilles, who is also of Armenian parentage. He has also played Dariush Bakhshi, the Iranian Special Consul, in the BBC drama Spooks MI-5. Abkarian is known for his intensity in acting and for his ecclectism in the roles he choses. Description above from the Wikipedia article Simon Abkarian, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia .


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Born:
Mar 5, 1962 In Gonesse, Val d'Oise, France
Movie/TV Credits:
58
First Appeared:
In the movie Ana El Awan 1994-01-02
Latest Project:
Series Romance 2020-05-18
Known For
Poster of Romance
Poster of Playground
Poster of Malaterra
Poster of Tony's Revenge

Simon Abkarian Movies Filmography

Series
Romance
2020-05-18
Movie
Someone, Somewhere
Mansour 2019-09-11
Movie
The Swallows of Kabul
Atiq (voice) 2019-09-04
Movie
Ce soir-là et les jours d'après
Karan 2019-06-26
Movie
Rebels
Simon Bénéké 2019-03-13
Movie
Cyrano, My Love
Ange Fleury 2019-01-09
Movie
The Audition
Philippe 2019-11-06
Movie
The Sonata
Charles Vernais 2018-11-15
Movie
Djam
Kakourgos 2017-08-09
Movie
Overdrive
Jacomo Morier 2017-06-29
Series
Playground
The Father 2017-03-22
Movie
J'ai tué ma femme
Le patron du café 2017-02-04
Movie
Scribe
Gerfaut 2016-10-19
Movie
Chouf
Le libanais 2016-10-05
Movie
1915
Simon 2015-04-17
Series
Malaterra
Thomas Rotman 2015-11-18
Movie
Don't Tell Me the Boy Was Mad
2015-11-11
Movie
The Cut
Krikor 2014-10-16
Movie
Colt 45
Commander Luc Denard 2014-08-06
Movie
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Elisha 2014-06-25
Movie
Angelique
L'avocat François Desgrez 2013-12-18
Movie
The Marchers
2013-11-27
Series
Kaboul Kitchen
Colonel Amanullah 2012-02-13
Movie
Zarafa
Hassan (voice) 2012-01-25
Movie
Force
Jimi Weiss 2011-10-26
Movie
Les Amants naufragés
Milo Garavan 2011-06-13
Series
Tony's Revenge
Tony Roucas 2011-03-16
Movie
Turk's Head
Le veuf 2010-03-31
Movie
Army of Crime
Missak Manouchian 2009-05-17
Movie
Rage
Merlin 2009-09-24
Series
Pigalle, la nuit
2009-11-23
Movie
The Wedding Song
Raoul 2008-11-24
Movie
Le menteur : la pièce !
Lelio 2008-11-20
Movie
The Seven Days
Eliyau 2008-05-05
Movie
L'affaire Ben Barka
le général Oufkir, ministre marocain de l'intérieur 2008-01-21
Movie
Secrets of State
Al Barad 2008-12-10
Movie
Rendition
Said Abdel Aziz 2007-09-07
Movie
Persepolis
Père de Marjane (voice) 2007-06-27
Movie
Trivial
Pierre 2007-05-23
Movie
The Snake
Sam 2007-01-10
Movie
Casino Royale
Alex Dimitrios 2006-11-14
Movie
Armenia
Sarkis Arabian 2006-06-28
Movie
Minor Revelations
2006-05-20
Movie
Yes
He 2005-08-05
Movie
In Your Dreams
Wilson 2005-04-13
Movie
I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed
2005-11-02
Movie
Zaina: Rider of the Atlas
Omar 2005-10-26
Movie
S.A.C. : Des hommes dans l'ombre
Cesari 2005-11-29
Movie
To Take A Wife
Eliyahoo 2004-06-01
Movie
Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary)
Freddy 2003-03-05
Movie
The Legend of Princess Parva
Swami (voix) 2003-02-12
Movie
Almost Peaceful
Albert 2002-12-18
Movie
Aram
Aram 2002-11-27
Movie
The Truth About Charlie
Lieutenant Dessalines 2002-10-25
Movie
Ararat
Arshile Gorky 2002-05-20
Movie
Lila Lili
Simon 1999-01-06
Movie
When the Cat's Away
Carlos 1996-04-03
Movie
Ana El Awan
1994-01-02