Born in Algiers on January 24, 1950, from a father singer of
opera, young Daniel Auteuil passes the major part of his childhood
in slides of theatre. It is day when it sees a ténorino
operetta flying away in the clotheshangers during the applause
which date its desire to make of the theatre.
Directing itself first of all (it is just 17 years old) towards
the operetta and the theatre, it enters thereafter to the Florent
Course. It makes its beginnings with the NPT (in "Early
Morning") and plays, in 1972-73, in the musical "Godspell".
It is Gerard Pirès who offers his first minor parts to
him, and its cinematographic career starts under the soft auspices
of the comedy gentillette with "Attention the eyes"
and "Mr Papa".
Partner with the
theatre of Edwige Feuillère ("the insane one of
Chaillot", of Maria Pacôme ("Learn to me, Céline"),
it bursts on the boards at the side of François Périer
in "Blow of hat" who are worth the price Gerard-Philippe
1979 to him, decreed with the best young person actor of the
year. He assembles and interprets then "the boy of apartment",
that Gerard Lauzier adapts to the cinema under the title "prevent
You everyone from sleeping". Success. But Auteuil obtains
finally its galons of star of cinema thanks to the series of
Under-gifted, of Claude Zidi, where it plays the dunces with
a demolition and a spirit which make these two comedies of immense
popular successes. Edouard Molinaro offers also the occasion
to him of a great popular success with Percent bricks have you
more nothing. Divided between the screen and the scene (in very
different roles), it extends its cinematographic register to
films of action (the crossbow, the indic, the deer) and soon
to the productions known as of quality, thanks to Claude Berri
who entrusts to him the role of Ugolin in Manon of the sources.
A role in the beginning intended for Coluche, taken again hand
of Master by Auteuil which surprises whole France in a dramatic
register up to that point ignored by the realizers. The transformation
is radical and the career of Auteuil changes whole with the
whole, the more so as ilrécolte for the occasion César
of the best actor. One then sees it at Deville, Sautet or Girod,
with, sometimes, some returns towards the comedy (the devil
of "My life is a hell").
In 1996 it recoit the price of male interpretation in Cannes
for its role in "the Eighth Day". Its role in "the
Girl On the Bridge" in 1999 enables him to carry new César,
and the film is acclaimed a little everywhere in the world doing
of Auteuil one of the French actors best paid. In 2005 it will
be with the poster of "One Remains, the Other Share"
and "To paint Or Make Love".