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  • Was originally a boxer like his father, but was encouraged by friends to pursue acting.
  • Won the Cesar Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in the 1993 French film Un Deux Trois Soleil.
  • Was labeled the "French Brad Pitt" early in his career, a moniker he disliked because he wanted to be judged on his own terms.
  • Dated pop singer Kylie Minogue for four years, during which time she successfully battled breast cancer; she has credited him for helping with her recovery.
  • Says he did not film any nude scenes in the 2002 drama Unfaithful because he is shy and will not "play naked."
  • Has said that, unlike other actors, he doesn't try to be "in the character's skin,"  because he doesn't think "truth and fiction mix up."


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  • 1993, Prix Jean-Gabin — Jean-Gabin Award: Winner


  • Kylie Minogue — Ex-significant Other
  • Halle Berry — Ex-wife
  • Vincent Martinez — Brother
  • Mira Sorvino — Ex-significant Other
  • Maceo-Robert Martinez — Son
  • Juliette Binoche — Ex-significant Other
  • Robert Martinez — Father
  • Rosemarie Martinez — Mother


  • Attended the French National Academy of Dramatic Arts, Paris, France

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  • Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Profession: Actor

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