Facts of Luc Besson Biography
|Occupation||Screenwriter, Director, Producer|
|Place of birth||France|
"I was 17 and I wondered what I was going to do. ... So I took a piece of paper and on the left I put everything I could do, or had skills for, and all the things I couldn't do. The first line was shorter and I could see that I loved writing, I loved images, I was taking a lot of pictures. So I thought maybe movies would be good. But I thought that to really know I should go to a set. And a friend of mine knew a guy whose brother was a third assistant on a short film. It's true."
Introduction and Early Life
Luc Besson was born on March 18 1959 in Paris.He is a french writer,director and producer.His parents used to work as Club Med scuba diving instructor.When he was a child he wanted to be a marine biologist.He have travelled to tourist resorts in Italy,Yugoslavia and Greece when he was in his youth with his parents.When he was 10 years old he returned to France with his parents.His family were divorced and again were remarried.He met an accident when he was 17 years old due to which he was unable to dive again.
Besson was inspired by French comic books as he used to read during his teenage and he started writing stories as well as background.He later in 1997 developed as The Fifth Element which is his one of the popular movies.He then worked on Le Grand Bleu with screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen while he was still in his teenage.He wrote screenplay of this thriller movie.
When he was 18 years old,he moved to Paris and started working as an assistant to director Claude Faraldo and later with Patrick Grandperret.He has directed several commercials,commissioned documentary as well as three short films.He later moved to US for three years but later again moved to Paris.He then opened his own production company and named it Les Films du Loup.He later changed it to Les Films du Dauphin.He met Eric Serra in early 1980's and asked him to compose the score for L'Avant dernier.He later worked with him as a composer for other films.
He has produced and written many movies in his late 20th century like taxi,The Transporter series,Jet Li films like Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed/Danny the dog etc.Starring Liam Neeson he have two English films named Taken and Taken 2 which has been major sucess.Taken 2 became the largest grossing French film.He directed Subway,The Big Blue and Nikita which was considered as stylish school.He also directed The Lady which released in 2011.
Achievements and Awards
He won Special Jury Award,Gold Hugo,Caixa de Catalunya,Silver Charybdis and Critic's Prize in 1983 for Le dernier combat.He was awarded with International Fantasy Award in 1984 for Le dernier combat.He won Academy Award in 1989.He was also awarded with Silver Ribbon Award in 1991.In 1996 he won Czech Lion award. In 1998 he was awarded with Alexander Korda Award for his best british film Nil by Mouth and César Awards as best director.In 2011 he won Audience Jury Award.He then in 2012 won International Human Rights Award and Audience Award for movie The Lady.In 2000 and 1998 he won Lumiere Award.He was also awarded with Grand Prix Special des Ameriques award in 2002.In 2007 he won Honorary Award,Bronze Wrangler in 2006 and Visionary Award in 2009.He was awarded with Hand Printing award in 2011.
Personal Life and Other Facts
He have got married four times.He first got married to Anne Parillaud in 1986.The couple later got divorced in 1991.He secondly got married to Maïwenn Le Besco who is an actress.They started dating each other in 1991.They were married in 1992 she was pregnant with her daughter named Shanna.Her daughter was born on January 3 1993.The couple got divorced in 1997 when he was involved with actress Milla Jovovich.He got married to actress on 14 December 1997 when he was 38 years old and she was 22.They got divorced in 1999.He got married to Virginie Sill when he was 45 years old.The couple have a son named Mao.From his previous relation he have got 4 daughters .
He is 5 feet 8 inch tall.His hair is coloured in Salt and Pepper colour.He is now 55 years old.He is of white ethnicity and holds French nationality.His zodiac sign is Pisces. His net worth is $20 million dollars.He is one of the highest paid director.