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Antoine de Caunes
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Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born 1 December 1953 (1953-12-01) (age 67)
Nationality French
Occupation Television presenter, actor, director
Spouse(s)
Daphné Roulier (m. 2007)
Children 3, including Emma de Caunes
Parent(s) Georges de Caunes
Jacqueline Joubert

Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director. He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.

Career

He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo". He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4. He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies.

From 2013 until 2015, he hosted the daily evening show Le Grand Journal on Canal+.

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.

He is a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Solidarité sida [fr] (AIDS Solidarity).

Filmography

Film acting

  • 1989: Pentimento – Charles
  • 1996: Les Deux papas et la Maman [fr] – Jérôme
  • 1997: C'est pour la bonne cause [fr] – Antoine
  • 1997: La Divine Poursuite [fr] – Alex
  • 1998: L'homme est une femme comme les autres – Simon Eskenazy
  • 1999: Au cœur du mensonge – Germain-Roland Desmot
  • 1999: Chili con carne [fr] – Claude
  • 2000: Là-bas... mon pays [fr] – Pierre Nivel
  • 2001: Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert – The narrator
  • 2002: Blanche [fr] – The captain of the KKK
  • 2002: Les Clefs de bagnole – an actor refusing to play in a Baffie film
  • 2006: Un ami parfait [fr] – Julien Rossi
  • 2007: Mr. Bean's Holiday – Television presenter
  • 2008: Tu peux garder un secret? [fr] – Julien
  • 2008: 48 heures par jour – Bruno
  • 2009: La Folle histoire d'amour de Simon Eskenazy [fr] – Simon Eskenazy
  • 2010: Mumu – The Colonel

Television acting

  • 1987: Objectif: Nul – Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff
  • 1993–2007: Eurotrash – series presenter
  • 1998: Bob le magnifique (made-for-television movie) by Marc Angelo - François Morin / Bob Saint Clar
  • 2002: Les Amants du bagne (made-for-television movie) by Thierry Binisti - Albert Londres
  • 2006-2008: Kaamelott (television series) – Dagonet
  • 2007: Off Prime (television series, season 1, episode 2) – as himself
  • 2010: Du hard ou du cochon! (television series, episode 3) – Fluck
  • 2012: Bref (television series, episode 53) by Kyan Khojandi et Bruno Muschio – as himself
  • 2013: L'homme à la tête de kraft (short film) by Thierry Dupety and Sandra Joubeaud
  • 2013: Dangereuses retrouvailles (made-for-television movie) by Jérôme Debusschère - Paul Aubras
  • 2013: Hitchcock by Mocky, episode: "Le don d'Iris"

Directing

  • 1997: T'en as ?
  • 2001: Les Morsures de l'aube [fr]
  • 2002: Monsieur N.
  • 2006: Désaccord parfait
  • 2008: Coluche, l'histoire d'un mec
  • 2011: Yann Piat, chronique d'un assassinat (made-for-television movie)

Voice work

  • 1999: Stuart Little by Rob Minkoff - Stuart Little
  • 2001: La Route d'Eldorado by Don Paul and Eric Bergeron - Miguel
  • 2001: Le Vélo De Ghislain Lambert by Philippe Harel – The Narrator
  • 2001-2002: The New Adventures of Lucky Luke (series) - Lucky Luke
  • 2002: Stuart Little 2 by Rob Minkoff - Stuart Little
  • 2004: Voyage autour du soleil (made-for-television movie), docu-fiction on the space conquest
  • 2007: La France made in USA (made-for-television movie) – The Narrator
  • 2011: Illegal Love by Julie Gali, documentaire - Mark Leno
  • 2012: Cendrillon au Far West by Pascal Hérold – The Prince

Discography

Two CD titles, Il a pas peur de personne, Film Music by BO from the animated show Lucky Luke televised on France 3 and sold in 2001 by Sony Music.

Songwriter

  • 1983: Tchaou et Grodo
  • 1984: Au pays des quat'z'amis
  • 1984: Y'en a qui (Marie Dauphin)
  • 1984: X-Or
  • 1985: Clémentine
  • 1985: Cobra
  • 1985: L'Empire des Cinq
  • 1986: Lady Oscar
  • 1986: L'Île au trésor [fr]

Participation

  • 2009 - On n'est pas là pour se faire engueuler !, album in homage to Boris Vian. Cantate des boîtes

Radio shows

  • Popopop, since August 2017, every weekday at 3pm UK time, on France Inter, National French radio station.
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