A French actor of Cameroonian origin born in 1967, Eriq Ebouaney first studied international trade and then headed for the theater. In 1996, he landed his first role in the cinema, in Everyone seeks his cat directed by Cédric Klapisch. If his first performances are most often in the order of the supporting role, even of the appearance, the actor holds, in 2000, the title role of Lumumba, a biopic retracing the course of the first Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
An international career
In 2002, he played a villain in Femme Fatale by Brian De Palma, opening the doors of American cinema to him. He then alternates supporting roles in various cinematographic genres, in France and abroad, alternating muscular films (The Purple Rivers 2 – the angels of the apocalypse, Kingdom of Heaven, Hitman or The Transporter III), or productions which give way to more intense interpretations, such as La Nativité (2006), La Piste (2006), Africa paradis (2007) and 35 Rhums (2009). Even if the films in which he is illustrated are quite diverse, the theme of the problems inherent in the Third World is a constant specific to his filmography. In addition to his film career, he also distinguished himself on stage and on the small screen (Julie Lescaut).
A multitasking player
Eriq Ebouaney follows the roles with an impressive pace. In 2010, for example, he starred in the dramas Disgrace, Le Temps de la kermesse is finished, Frontlines, the comedy Thelma, Louise and Chantal, the horror film La Horde, the biopic Carlos and the adventure film 600 kilos of pure gold…
His mastery of French, English, German, Italian, Arabic and Swahili allowed him to tour in several languages and in several countries. The actor does not have to be ashamed of his filmography: we see him after that in the French-American thriller 3 days to kill alongside Kevin Costner and Brian de Palma will direct it again in 2019 in Domino, where he replies to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones).
In France, Eriq Ebouaney continues the projects, for big and small directors: he appears in Or Noir by Jean-Jacques Annaud in 2011, in Nous trois ou rien by Kheiron (2014) or Le flic de Belleville (2018) by Bouchareb . And it is still in France that he will release his next two feature films: we can currently see him in La Terre et le sang (to be seen on Netflix), the new action film by Julien Leclercq where he lends his features to a violent drug trafficker ready to do anything to find his load. He will also soon be playing in Bronx, the next film by Olivier Marchal, who is freely inspired by La Tuerie du Bar Téléphone. To discover at the cinema next March 30.