Vincent Cassel

Vincent Cassel (born November 23 1966) is a French actor. He has appeared in both French and English language films.


Personal life

Cassel was born Vincent Crochon in Paris, the son of Sabine Litique, a journalist, and French actor Jean-Pierre Cassel. He is married to Italian actress Monica Bellucci, with whom he has a daughter, Deva Cassel, born September 12, 2004, in Rome, Italy. His brother Mathias Rockin' Squat is the leader of the French rap group Assassin. His sister, Cécile is an actress, who appeared in the final episode of Sex and The City. He has a passion for Capoeira and displayed his talent in the movie Ocean's Twelve.


His breakthrough role was in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film La Haine where he played a troubled youth from the decrepit outskirts of Paris. Cassel has gone on to act in a variety of films such as the moody L'Appartement, the violent Dobermann, genre-bending Le Pacte des Loups (in English, Brotherhood of the Wolf) and in the highly controversial Irréversible.

Cassel has also done a number of English language films, such as Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen, Derailed, Birthday Girl, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Elizabeth, Eastern Promises, and Shrek (as the voice of Monsieur Hood). In 2006, he appeared in Sheitan, in which he played a shepherd who carries out satanic rituals. He is now preparing a trilogy on Jacques Mesrine's life known for being the public enemy n°1 in France in the seventies.

An early appearance on British television was as Nicole's boyfriend in the 1994 Renault Clio advert which was used in the UK.





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