Christopher Guy Denis Lambert (born 29 March 1957), is a French-American actor who was born in the United States. He played Connor MacLeod in Highlander and subsequent movie franchise series of the same name. He played Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and the thunder god Raiden in the first film adaptation of the video game Mortal Kombat.
Lambert at the 2013 Monte Carlo Television Festival
|Born||Christopher Guy Denis Lambert
29 March 1957
Great Neck, New York, U.S.
(m. 1988; div. 1994)
|Partner(s)||Sophie Marceau (2007–2014)|
Lambert was born in Great Neck, New York. His father was a French diplomat at the United Nations. Lambert was raised in Geneva from infancy and moved to Paris in his teens. His older brother, Gilles Lambert, died from bone cancer in 2012.
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After appearing in supporting parts in several French films, Lambert was discovered by international audiences when director Hugh Hudson cast him in the title role of Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984). That same year, he also played his first lead role in a French film by appearing opposite Catherine Deneuve in Paroles et musique.
In 1985, Lambert played the male lead in Luc Besson's Subway, for which he was awarded a César Award for Best Actor the next year. Highlander (1986), in which he starred as Connor MacLeod, was an international success, as well as his most famous role. He appeared in all three sequels that were released in cinemas – although he was not in the 2007 movie made for the Sci-Fi Channel – and had a cameo appearance in the pilot episode of the television series. Lambert also appeared as MacLeod in the music video for Queen's "Princes of the Universe".
The Sicilian, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Lambert as Salvatore Giuliano, was released in 1987, and was less successful than his previous pictures, receiving a lukewarm reception by critics and being only marginally profitable. To Kill a Priest, in which he played a character based on Jerzy Popiełuszko, was well received by critics but was a financial failure. Lacking a recent box-office success, Lambert agreed to appear in the first Highlander sequel, Highlander II: The Quickening, which was poorly received.
During the 1990s, Lambert starred in action, thriller and science fiction films such as Knight Moves, Fortress (1992), Gunmen (1994) and Mean Guns (1997), and the Italian-produced Nirvana (1997). His filmography included low-budget films such as Adrenalin: Fear the Rush, which were generally poorly received by critics. Some of his films had only a direct-to-video release. In the course of that decade, Lambert also occasionally appeared in French films such as Max et Jérémie (1992).
In 1995, he played the role of the thunder god Raiden in a movie adaptation of the popular video game series Mortal Kombat. Lambert was interested in reprising his character in the sequel, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but he was committed to his role in Beowulf (1999), and the role was given to James Remar. Lambert is also active as a film producer and has produced French films such as Patrick Braoudé's Génial, mes parents divorcent (1990) and Neuf mois (1994). In 2001, he played the lead role of Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix in the France-Canada production Druids, which was a critical and financial failure.
In 2009, Lambert was a lead in Claire Denis' White Material; both the film and Lambert's performance received critical acclaim. Lambert had a role in the Marvel Comics film Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance in 2011. He underwent sword training for three months and shaved his head.
Shortly afterwards, he appeared as Marcel Janvier (alias "The Chameleon") in 6 episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Lambert married Jaiymse Haft on 6 February 1999 but that union was dissolved. Beginning in 2007, he had been in a relationship with Sophie Marceau, with whom he appeared in La disparue de Deauville. They announced their separation on 11 July 2014.
Lambert has profound myopia and cannot see without his glasses; because he cannot wear contact lenses, he is often forced to act while virtually blind. This has led to injuries while performing his own stunts without glasses.
|1963||Who's Minding the Store?||Child Actor||Uncredited|
|1979||Ciao, les mecs||Un loubard à la soirée dansante||Credited as Christophe Lambert|
|1980||Telephone Bar, TheThe Telephone Bar||Paul "Bébé" Franchi||as Christophe Lambert|
|Asphalte||Un médecin à l'hôpital / The doctor||as Christophe Lambert|
|Une sale affaire||Mullard||as Christophe Lambert|
|Putain d'histoire d'amour||Inspecteur de police||as Christophe Lambert|
|1982||Légitime violence||Jockey||as Christophe Lambert|
|Cinéma 16||Marcel||TV (one episode)|
|1984||Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||John Clayton / Tarzan|
|1985||Paroles et Musique||Jeremy||as Christophe Lambert|
|Subway||Fred||César Award for Best Actor as Christophe Lambert|
|1986||Highlander||Connor MacLeod / Russell Nash|
|I Love You||Michel||as Christophe Lambert|
|1987||Sicilian, TheThe Sicilian||Salvatore Giuliano|
|To Kill a Priest||Father Alek|
|1990||Why Me?||Gus Cardinale|
|1991||Highlander II: The Quickening||Connor MacLeod|
|1992||Knight Moves||Peter Sanderson|
|1992||Highlander: The Series||Connor MacLeod||TV (one episode)|
|1992||Max et Jérémie||Jeremie Kolachowsky||as Christophe Lambert|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Man with Car Phone||Deleted scene, uncredited|
|1993||Fortress||John Henry Brennick|
|1994||Highlander III: The Sorcerer||Connor MacLeod / Russell Nash|
|1995||Hunted, TheThe Hunted||Paul Racine|
|1995||Nine Months||Executive producer|
|1995||Mortal Kombat||Lord Raiden|
|1996||North Star||Hudson Saanteek||as Christophe Lambert|
|1996||Adrenalin: Fear the Rush||Lemieux|
|1996||Hercule et Sherlock||Vincent||as Christophe Lambert|
|1997||Arlette||Frank Martin||as Christophe Lambert|
|1999||Operation Splitsville||Max, P.E. Teacher|
|1999||Gideon||Gideon Oliver Dobbs|
|2000||Fortress 2: Re-Entry||John Henry Brennick|
|2000||Highlander: Endgame||Connor MacLeod|
|2001||Druids||Vercingetorix||as Christophe Lambert|
|2001||Mazinkaiser||Additional Voices||Video game|
|2001||Point Men, TheThe Point Men||Tony Eckhardt|
|2002||King of Bandit Jing||Additional Voices||Television miniseries, credited as Chris Lambert|
|2002||Piano Player, TheThe Piano Player||Alex Laney|
|2003||Absolon||Detective Norman Scot|
|2003||Janis and John||Léon|
|2004||À ton image||Thomas|
|2005||Dalida||Richard Chanfray, dit le comte de Saint-Germain||Television miniseries|
|2006||Day of Wrath||Ruy de Mendoza|
|2006||Southland Tales||Walter Mung|
|2006||Lièvre de Vatanen, LeLe Lièvre de Vatanen||Tom Vatanen||as Christophe Lambert|
|2007||Trivial||Jacques||as Christophe Lambert|
|2008||Cartagena||Cine Nomine||Thelma Films, Arte France Cinéma|
|2009||White Material||Andre Vial||as Christophe Lambert|
|2009||Associés, LesLes Associés||Philippe Kaminski||Television film, credited as Christophe Lambert|
|2009||L'homme de chevet||Leo||as Christophe Lambert|
|2010||Secret of the Whales, TheThe Secret of the Whales||Chris Cassell||Television film|
|2011||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Methodius|
|2012||Blood Shot||The President|
|2012–2013||NCIS: Los Angeles||Marcel Janvier / The Chameleon||TV series (6 episodes)|
|2013||The Gardener of God||Gregor Mendel|
|2015||Shades of Truth||Cardinal Ennio Salvemini|
|2015||10 Days in a Madhouse||Dr. Dent|
|2015||Un plus une||Samuel Hamon|
|2016||Hail, Caesar!||Arne Slessum|
|2016||La folle histoire de Max et Léon||Captain Lassard||Also co-produced|
|2017||Mata Hari||Gustav Kramer|
|2017||Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction|
|2017||Kickboxer: Retaliation||Thomas Moore|
|2017||Call My Agent !||Himself||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|2018||Sobibor||Karl Frenzel||Russian Holocaust movie|
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