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Michael Lonsdale
French actor

Michael Lonsdale

Michael Lonsdale
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Intro French actor
A.K.A. Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch
Was Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor Writer Painter
From France United Kingdom Great Britain
Field Arts Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 24 May 1931, 16th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, Seine, France
Death 21 September 2020, 7th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, Seine, France (aged 89 years)
Star sign Gemini
César Award for Best Supporting Actor 2011
Globes de Cristal Awards 2011
Medal of the City of Paris 2011
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Michael Edward Lonsdale-Crouch (24 May 1931 – 21 September 2020), commonly known as Michael Lonsdale and sometimes billed as Michel Lonsdale, was a British-French actor who appeared in over 180 films and television shows. He is best known in the English-speaking world for his roles as the villain Hugo Drax in the 1979 James Bond film Moonraker, the detective Claude Lebel in The Day of the Jackal, and M. Dupont d'Ivry in The Remains of the Day.

Personal life

Lonsdale was born in Paris, the son of English Army officer Edward Lonsdale-Crouch and his half-French, half-Irish wife Simone Béraud, and brought up initially on the island of Guernsey, then in London in 1935, and later, during World War II, in Casablanca, Morocco. He returned to Paris to study painting in 1947, but was drawn into the world of acting instead, first appearing on stage at the age of 24.

Lonsdale was bilingual and appeared in both English- and French-language productions.

On 25 February 2011, he won a César Award, his first, as a Best Supporting Actor in Of Gods and Men.

Lonsdale was also the author of ten books.

Lonsdale died 21 September 2020, aged 89 in Paris.

Selected filmography


Year Title Role Notes
1956 It Happened in Aden Sinclair
1962 Adorable Liar
The Trial Priest
1964 Behold a Pale Horse Reporter
1966 Is Paris Burning? Debu-Bridel
Judoka-Secret Agent Thomas Perkins
1968 The Bride Wore Black René Morane
Stolen Kisses Georges Tabard
1969 Détruire, dit-elle
Hibernatus Professor Edouard Lauriebat
1971 Out 1 Thomas
Le Souffle au cœur Father Henri
1972 Jaune le soleil
The Old Maid
1973 The Day of the Jackal Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel
1974 Successive Slidings of Pleasure The Judge
Stavisky Docteur Mézy By Alain Resnais
Un linceul n'a pas de poches Raymond
Le fantôme de la liberté Le chapelier/Hatter
Caravan to Vaccares Duc de Croyter
The Suspects Le juge Souftries
1975 Serious as Pleasure
India Song Le vice-consul de Lahore
The Romantic Englishwoman Swan
Section spéciale Le ministre de l'intérieur
Aloïse The second doctor
Galileo Cardinal Barberini, later Pope Urban VIII
1976 Son nom de Venise dans Calcutta désert Récitant Voice
Mr. Klein Pierre
Scrambled Eggs
1977 Une sale histoire
The Accuser Abéraud
Jacques Prévert Himself
1978 Bartleby L'huissier
Die Linkshändige Frau The Waiter
1979 Moonraker Hugo Drax
1980 Les jeux de la Comtesse Dolingen de Gratz Bertrand Haines-Pearson
Seuls Le peintre
1981 The Bunker Martin Bormann
1982 Sweet Inquest on Violence
Mora As writer
Enigma Bodley
1983 Eréndira Senator Onésimo Sanchez
1984 Le Bon Roi Dagobert Saint Eloi
1985 L'éveillé du Pont de l'Alma Antoine
The Holcroft Covenant Ernst Manfredi
Billy Ze Kick Commissaire Bellanger
1986 The Name of the Rose The Abbot
1987 Der Madonna-Mann Tanzmann
1988 Niezwykla podróz Baltazara Kobera Le maître
1989 Souvenir Xavier Lorion
Cela s'appelle l'amour Himself
1991 My Life Is Hell Gabriel By Josiane Balasko
1993 Woyzeck Le capitaine
The Remains of the Day Dupont D'Ivry
1995 Jefferson in Paris Louis XVI
Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud Dolabella
1997 Mauvais genre Honoré de Balzac
1998 Don Juan Don Luis
Let There Be Light / Que la lumière soit Monseigneur Loublié By Arthur Joffé
Ronin Jean-Pierre
2000 Les Acteurs Man in the street By Bertrand Blier
2003 Kaena: The Prophecy Opaz Voice, French version
The Mystery of the Yellow Room Stangerson
2004 5x2 Bernard By François Ozon
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Robert
Good Girl Jean
Munich Papa
2006 Goya's Ghosts Father Gregorio
2007 The Last Mistress Le vicomte de Prony
Heartbeat Detector
(La Question Humaine)
Mathias Jüst
2009 Agora Theon
Park Benches The Client doormat
2010 Of Gods and Men Luc César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
2011 The Cardboard Village Il vecchio prete
Les hommes libres Le recteur Si Kaddour Ben Ghabrit
2012 Gebo et l'Ombre Gebo By Manoel de Oliveira
2013 Le renard jaune Jean Virno
2014 Maestro Cédric Rovère
2016 The First, the Last Jean-Berchmans


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Smiley's People Anton Grigoriev TV miniseries
1986 Le Tiroir secret TV miniseries
1991 Maigret et la Grande Perche Monsieur Serre TV series
2001 Maigret et la Croqueuse de Diamants Sir Lampson TV series
2013 Marguerite Yourcenar, alchimie du paysage The Narrator TV documentary
Le tourbillon de Jeanne L'homme TV series

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon Henri Crousteau Voice-over
2012 007 Legends Hugo Drax Voice-over
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