Christian Jean-Marie Clavier, whom domestic viewers know more as Christian Clavier, was born in May 1952 in Paris. His parents were not people of art and worked in a bank. Christian himself was not particularly interested in art – he was more interested in politics. Therefore, after finishing elementary school, he went to Neuilly-sur-Seine, a commune on the western outskirts of Paris, where he entered the prestigious Lyceum of Louis Pasteur.
After graduating from the Lyceum, where Christian Clavier was carried away by political science and communist ideas (he even joined the ranks of the local Communist Party), the young man went on to study further. He chose the Paris Institute of Politics and was about to become a political scientist.
But after 2 years, interest in politics suddenly dried up. This vacant place took a huge passion for theater and acting. Christian Clavier, together with his wife and like-minded people, whom he came close to even at the Lyceum, staged his first performance.
It was a comedy called “There is no Georges.” The premiere took place in the favorite bohemian theater-cafe “Colonna”. Clavier and his wife Ann-Marie were immediately called the “most explosive couple” that appeared in the cafe-theater in its entire history.
The creative debut was quite successful and Clavier decided to go further along this road. Christian left the university and entered the acting school at the Zilla Chelton Theater, where for several years he learned the secrets of acting. Simultaneously with the training, the actor performed in the comedy troupe “Great Team” (“Le Splendid”), which he organized with several like-minded people.
Christian Clavier’s cinematic biography began some time after the formation of Le Splendid. At first, the artists staged theatrical performances. The critics recognized the performances “Concierge fell on the stairs”, “No, Georges, not here” and “I want a break !!!” as the best critics.
But in 1972, one of the Le Splendid miniatures was filmed. Viewers saw a grotesque comedy called “Santa Claus – a scumbag.” Christian Clovier in this comedy film played the transvestite Katya. The film was quite successful.
Since 1973, a group of comedians led by Clavier created more than 20 films. How successful these works were can be judged by the number of nominations for the most prestigious French Cesar Award. 15 times the works of Christian Clavier have been nominated for this award.
In 1975, a cinematic biography of Christian Clavier continued its rapid development. The actor made his debut in the comedy film “Do not be silent because there is nothing to say.” But this was not the Le Splendid project, but the directorial work of Jacques Bernard.
In the same year, Clavier starred in the military drama “Let the Holiday Begin”, where he was invited by Bertrand Tavernier. On the set, Christian met with famous artists Philippe Noiret and Jean Rochefort. They got the main roles.
After 2 years, the artist first played together with Gerard Depardieu. It happened in the action-thriller thriller “Tell her that I love her” by Claude Miller. The film received several nominations for Cesar. The following year, 1978, Christian Clavier starred in the comedy “Tanned” directed by Patrice Leconte. In this film, the actor first played with his wife Marie-Anne Chazelle. The project was a huge success, so in 1979 it got its continuation – “Tanned skiing”.
In 1982, the actor met on the set with Jean Reno. They starred in the comedy film Operation Stew. This tape is notable for the fact that Clavier was the co-author of her script.
Again, he could meet with Renault Clavier in the film “Thirst for Gold.” This is not to say that this project brought the actor great fame. This happened a little later, when the fantastic comedy “Aliens” by Jean-Marie Poiret was released. Here again, the amazing duet of Clavier-Reno met. This time the project was a resounding success and brought two stars of French cinema for the César Award.
In “Aliens” Christian Clavier appeared in a comic image of a medieval peasant-squire, nicknamed “Jacques the Preydoha”. His crown exclamation “Okkkkkkkayyyyyyy !!!” immediately turned into a popular meme. Christian was able to brilliantly embody this image on the screen thanks to his recent passion for social ideas. “Jacques of the Pass” is a collective character of the French commoners from the Middle Ages.
Christian Clavier especially fell in love with the domestic audience after the comedy films about Asterix and Obelix appeared on Russian screens. These heroes, as you know, were played by Clavier and Gerard Depardieu. In the early 2000s, the French star starred in the films “Aliens in America” (continuation of “Aliens”), “Between an Angel and a Demon” and the historical film “Napoleon”. The latest project, although it received many conflicting reviews and criticisms, was awarded an Emmy.
As mentioned above, during training at the Lyceum, the actor met his future wife Marie-Anne Chazel. Together they made a wonderful debut on stage and for a long time were a wonderful couple.