Frederic Diefenthal
Birth Date:
July 26, 1968
Birth Place:
Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France
Famous for:
His role in 'Taxi' (1998)
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French actor Frederic Diefenthal is best known for his role as Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec on the French “Taxi” movie series. Other movie credits include “Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional” (1993), “I Want It All” (1999), “Six-Pack” (2000), “Les âmes fortes” (2001), “A Private Affair” (2002), “L'incruste” (2004), “Le souffleur” (2005) and “Voisins, voisines” (2005). Diefenthal also has starred in many French television movies as well as in the television series “Le juge est une femme” (1994-2000, as L'inspecteur Colas), “Clara Sheller” (2005, as JP), “David Nolande” (2006, as David Nolande) and “Les virtuoses” (2010, as Horace Lange).

Diefenthal had a well published relationship with French actress and singer Claire Keim (born July 8, 1975). After the bond ended, he married Gwendoline Hamon in May 2004 and had a child in September that year.

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Childhood and Family:

Frederic Diefenthal was born Frédéric Pierre Diefenthal-Girau-Guyard on July 26, 1968, in Saint-Mandé, Val-de-Marne, France.

In May 2004, Frederic was married to fellow actress Gwendoline Hamon. Their son, Gabriel, was born in September, 2004.

Le juge est une femme


Frederic Diefenthal made his feature film acting debut in the French adventure/comedy “La totale!” (1991), starring Thierry Lhermitte, Miou-Miou and Eddy Mitchell and directed by Claude Zidi. The same year, he also appeared in his first TV film, “Billy,” an adaptation of Day Keene's novel, and played the role of Stan Voskoff in the television series “Salut les copains,” opposite Eric Le Roux, Jimy Serri and Florence Caillon. He went on to star with Laurent Bateau, Philippe Durand and Edouard Montoute in the TV sitcom “Goal” (1992), in which he played the role of Luis.

Diefenthal was cast as Jean in “Normal People Are Nothing Exceptional” (“Les gens normaux n'ont rien d'exceptionnel”; 1993), a drama/comedy film directed by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa and starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud and Marc Citti. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August 1993 and received Special Prize and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention, not to mention a Golden Leopard nomination, at the festival. It continued to win a César for Most Promising Actress ( Tedeschi) and was nominated for Best First Work and Most Promising Actor (Poupaud). It also won Young European Jury Award at the 1994 Mons International Festival of Love Films.

In 1994, Diefenthal joined the cast of “Le juge est une femme” (“The Judge is a Woman”) in the main role of L'inspecteur Colas. He remained with the show for the next six years.

Meanwhile, Diefenthal co-starred in Olivier Jahan's “Parlez après le signal sonore” (1994), which was nominated for a Golden Palm for Best Short Film, guest starred in “Police des polices” (1995, the episode “Vidéo preuves”) and “Avocat d'office” (1995, the episode “Les enfants d'abord”), and portrayed David in the made for TV film “Petite menteuse” (1998).

The actor also acted in several big screen movies. In Malik Chibane's “Douce France” (1995), which nabbed a Jury Special Prize at the 1995 Namur International Festival of French-Speaking Film and a Golden Leopard nomination at the 1995 Locarno International Film Festival, he played the supporting role of Jean-Luc, and appeared with Jacques Gamblin, Emmanuel Depoix and Françoise Muranyi-Kovacs in Henri-Paul Korchia's “Une histoire d'amour à la con” (1996). He was cast as Sergent gare Bucarest in the Bertrand Tavernier directed drama “Captain Conan” (1996), which earned a total of nine César nominations and won the awards for Best Actor (Philippe Torreton) and Best Director, and co-starred with Elsa Zylberstein in Guila Braoudé's “Je veux tout” (“I Want It All”; 1999). He also entered the world of producing with the 1997 short “Le marchand de sable,” in which he also starred along side the director/writer Nicolas Koretzky.

Diefenthal, however, did not enjoy huge commercial success until he was cast as Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec on the hit French action/comedy feature “Taxi” (1998), which was written by Luc Besson and directed by Gérard Pirès. The film won two Césars for Best Sound and Best Editing and was nominated for Best Director, Best Film, Best Music Written for a Film, Most Promising Actor (Samy Naceri) and Most Promising Actress (Marion Cotillard). It also won a Golden Slate for Best Movie Soundtrack at the 2000 Csapnivalo Awards. Diefenthal went on to reprise his part on the sequels “Taxi 2” (2000), “Taxi 3” (2003) and “Taxi” (2004), which all were directed by Gérard Krawczyk. An American remake loosely based on the French version was released in 2004 starring Jimmy Fallon, Queen Latifah and Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and directed by Tim Story.

After his performance in “Taxi 2,” Diefenthal starred as Philippe Saule in Alain Berbérian's thriller movie, “Six-Pack” (also 2000), along side Richard Anconina and Chiara Mastroianni, as Skip in Jean-Michel Verner's “Jeu de cons” (2001), opposite Anthony Delon and Jean-Michel Verner, and as Martin in the horror/mystery “Belphégor - Le fantôme du Louvre” (2001), with Sophie Marceau, Michel Serrault and Julie Christie. He worked with Laetitia Casta in Raúl Ruiz's “Les âmes fortes” (“Savage Souls”; 2001), which was screened out of competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival, acted together with his then companion, Claire Keim in Nicolas Koretzky's “Le nouveau big bang” (2001), which he also produced, and reunited with “Taxi” co-star Marion Cotillard for Guillaume Nicloux's thriller “A Private Affair” (2002).

In addition to his work on “Taxi 3,” Diefenthal could be seen in three more projects in 2003. He starred as Matthias in René Manzor's crime/drama film, “Labyrinth,” opposite Lambert Wilson and Sylvie Testud, and worked with Philippe Drecq and Claire Keim in the TV film “Un homme par hasard,” in which he played Yann Le Guenn. He also starred in a short film by Sophie Boudre called “Plat du jour.” In the following year, he played Arthur in the made for TV film “Bien agités!,” opposite Julie Gayet and Véronique Boulanger, Alexandre in the comedy film “L'incruste,” with Titoff and Zoé Félix, and Frédo in Bob Swaim's comedy/crime movie, “Nos amis les flics,” along side Armelle Deutsch and Lorànt Deutsch.

In 2005, Diefenthal was cast as JP in the first season of the French television series “Clara Sheller,” which won Grand Prize Series at the 2005 Luchon International Film Festival. He was replaced by Patrick Mille in the role for the second season, which debuted on November 15, 2008. The same year, he also guest starred as Julien lemaitre in an episode of “Élodie Bradford” and starred as Max in the TV film “Comme sur des roulettes,” opposite Olivier Brocheriou and Bea Segura. On the wide screen, Diefenthal played Philippe in “Le souffleur,” which was directed and written by and starring Guillaume Pixie, starred with Émilie Dequenne and Élodie Navarre in Laurent Dussaux's “Avant qu'il ne soit trop tard” and portrayed Paco in Malik Chibane's comedy, “Voisins, voisines,” which he also co-produced. Besides, he dubbed the French version of Renart on the animation film “Renart the Fox.”

Diefenthal returned to series television on regular basis when he starred as the titular role on the crime/fantasy “David Nolande” (2006), created by Joël Houssin. The show ran on France 2 from December 6, 2006 until December 20, 2006. Still in 2006, he acted in the TV films “ Ange de feu” and “Do Not Panic” (“Pas de panique”), opposite Roland Giraud and Julie Judd.

After his performance in “Taxi 4,” Diefenthal starred as Yach in the TV miniseries “Flics” (2008), with Yann Sundberg and Catherine Marchal, Arnaud in the 2008 TV film “Le gendre idéal,” Tib in the made for TV movie comedy “Facteur chance” (2009), which he also produced, and Cartouche in “Cartouche, le brigand magnifiqu” (2009),a TV film directed by Henri Helman. He also appeared in the TV series short “Myster Mocky présente” (2008-2009). In 2010, Diefenthal reprised his role of Arnaud in the TV film installment “ Le gendre idéal 2,” starred as François-René de Chateaubriand in the biographical telepic “ Chateaubriand” and portrayed David / Guillaume Derville in the TV movie “ L'homme sans nom .” He also starred as Horance Lange in the television series “Les virtuoses” (2010).

Diefenthal is set to star as Antonin Brecht in the TV movie thriller “ Sélection naturelle,” opposite Sam Karmann and Claire-Lise Lecerf.


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