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