Simon Abkarian

Active - 1994 - 2020  |   Born - Mar 5, 1962 in Gonesse, Francia  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Born into a family of Armenian descent and raised in Lebanon, actor Simon Abkarian honed his dramatic skills in two vastly different locales: Los Angeles, CA -- where he studied with an Armenian theatrical ensemble -- and Paris, France, where he joined Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil (in 1985). Abkarian essayed a broad panorama of film roles during the mid- to late '90s, including parts in Time Has Come (1994), When the Cat's Away... (1996), and Lila Lili (1998), but he only broke through to full-fledged international acclaim by virtue of his richly praised stage work in Richard Kalinoski's play Une Bête sur la Lune (2001). Many of Abkarian's acting assignments during the 2000s were character roles that cast him as slightly shady, nefarious types, with underworld inclinations and careers -- such as his portrayal of a sociopathic criminal in Denis Thybaud's 2005 In Your Dreams, and his evocation of Sahak the mobster in Frederic Balekdjian's The Gamblers. In 2007, Abkarian achieved much international crossover success by voicing Ebi in the French version of the offbeat animated feature Persepolis.

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  • Nacido en Francia, pasó su infancia en el Líbano. Formó parte de una compañía teatral armenia en Los Ángeles.
  • En 1985, regresó a París y se unió al Théâtre du Soleil, dirigido por Ariane Mnouchkine. Allí encadena espectáculos hasta 1993.
  • Dio sus primeros pasos en el cine en 1989 bajo la dirección de Cédric Klapisch en Ce qui me meut. Posteriormente, los dos se encontrarán de nuevo para varias películas.
  • Teniendo origen armenio, trabajó en Ararat (2002) de Atom Egoyan y Aram (2005) de Robert Kéchichian.
  • Su físico hace que le adjudiquen roles de chicos malos.