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Luc Besson Biography

Birth Name:
Luc Paul Maurice Besson
Birth Place:
Paris, France
Director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer

Fast Facts

  • Aspired to be a marine biologist; however, at the age of 17, he suffered a serious accident and was told he could never dive again
  • Made his directing debut in 1983 with the sci-fi movie Le Dernier Combat (The Final Combat), which was filmed in black and white and did not feature any spoken dialogue
  • Co-founded the French movie studio EuropaCorp in 2000
  • Wrote the children's book Arthur and the Minimoys in 2002; wrote three other books in the series and made three film adaptations based on the books
  • Started advertising agency Blue in 2008
  • Handles all the cinematography on his films himself


  • 2011César Awards-Best Animation: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2000César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2000César Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1999French Academy of Cinema-Best Director: nominated
  • 1998César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1998César Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 1998BAFTA Film Awards-The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: winner
  • 1997Lumière de Paris d'Unifrance-Best French Director: winner
  • 1997French Academy of Cinema-Best Director: winner
  • 1995César Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1995César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1994French Academy of Cinema-Best Director: nominated
  • 1991César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1991César Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1989César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1989César Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1986César Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 1986César Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1986BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Language Film: nominated
  • 1984César Awards-Best Debut Film: nominated