Simon Abkarian

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 .
Known For: Acting
Birthday: 1962-03-05
Place of Birth: Gonesse, Val d'Oise, France
Also Known As: Simone Abkarian, Симон Абкарян

Movies List of Simon Abkarian

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Trivial

2007 Movie
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Army of Crime

2009 Movie
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The Snake

2006 Movie
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To Take A Wife

2004 Movie
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When the Cat's Away

1996 Movie
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Yes

2005 Movie
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The Seven Days

2008 Movie
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Rage

2009 Movie
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Casino Royale

2006 Movie
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Almost Peaceful

2002 Movie
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Turk's Head

2010 Movie
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Ararat

2002 Movie
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Secrets of State

2008 Movie
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The Wedding Song

2008 Movie
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Armenia

2006 Movie
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Les mauvais joueurs

2005 Movie
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Zarafa

2012 Movie
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The Demon Stirs

2005 Movie
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Force

2011 Movie
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Aram

2002 Movie
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Les Amants naufragés

2011 Movie
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Angelique

2013 Movie
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Lila Lili

1999 Movie
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Persepolis

2007 Movie
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Ana El Awan

1994 Movie
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Colt 45

2014 Movie
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The Cut

2014 Movie
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1915

2015 Movie
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New Délire

2007 Movie
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Minor Revelations

2008 Movie
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Overdrive

2017 Movie
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J'ai tué ma femme

2017 Movie
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Journey from Greece

2017 Movie
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In Your Dreams

2005 Movie
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Chouf

2016 Movie
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The Sonata

2018 Movie
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Scribe

2016 Movie
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Cyrano, My Love

2018 Movie
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Rebels

2019 Movie
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The Audition

2019 Movie
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Someone, Somewhere

2019 Movie
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The Swallows of Kabul

2019 Movie
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L'Affaire Ben Barka

2008 Movie
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Tempest in a Teapot

1997 Movie
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Rendition

2007 Movie
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The Marchers

2013 Movie
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Le Poisson rouge

1994 Movie
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Khamsa

2008 Movie
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A Day at the Museum

2008 Movie
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Cop Goes Missing

2022 Movie
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Permis de construire

2021 Movie
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Overdose

2022 Movie
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Off-Season

2021 Movie
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Black Notebooks

2021 Movie
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Restless

2022 Movie
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The Way to Happiness

2022 Movie
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The Silence of Rak

1997 Movie
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Comme une ombre

2010 Movie