One of France’s most prominent and prolific actors (whose father, the late Jean-Pierre Cassel, was another), Vincent Cassel was born and raised in Paris.
He began his career at age 17, as a ballet dancer and student at The Fratellini Circus School. After a period of street acting, his admiration for the American cinema of the 1970s led him to the Actor’s Institute in New York City. There, he continued his training as a dancer and also as an actor. At age 20, he returned to France and began working in classical theater, under legendary director Jean-Louis Barrault.
Mr. Cassel’s breakthrough film debuted at the 1995 Cannes International Film Festival; his work in La Haîne [a.k.a. Hate] (for writer/director Mathieu Kassovitz, whom he had previously starred for in Métisse [a.k.a. Café au Lait]) would later earn him the first-ever double César Award nominations as both Best Actor and Most Promising Actor.
He was soon starring in films in France and around the world… read more
I didn't realize Vincent was the creep in Sheitan, he completely transformed for the role. In all the movies I've seen, that he's starred in, I believed he was a different character, a different person. He's sensational
He is frequently the only good thing in some of his films but, you know what, I'm always thrilled to watch him give a performance.