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Tchéky Karyo (French: [tʃeki kɑʁjo]; born 4 October 1953) is a Turkish-born French actor and musician who is known for playing leading French police investigator Julien Baptiste in the British drama The Missing (2014) and its spin-off series Baptiste (2019). Beginning his career as an actor on stage in classical and contemporary works, he began to work as a character actor in films in the 1980s. He has acted in numerous films by Hollywood and French directors, including Luc Besson.
Karyo in 2013
|Years active||1982 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Isabelle Pasco (m.1995, divorced)|
He was named Baruh Djaki Karyo at birth in 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey; his mother was Greek Jewish and his father was Turkish Jewish family with ancestral roots in Spain (Sephardic Jewish). When he was young, his family moved to Paris, France, where he grew up. The spelling of his name, Djaki, was changed to Tchéky in a form of French transliteration. As a young man, Karyo studied drama at the Cyrano Theatre and later became a member of the Daniel Sorano Company, playing many classical roles.
Karyo joined the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where he starred in both contemporary and classical plays. He found success in French films beginning in the 1980s, first as a character actor. He later appeared in leading roles in several notable films, such as The Bear, in which he played one of the hunters, and director Luc Besson's Nikita, in which he played the heroine's spy mentor.
He has participated in many Hollywood movies, often portraying a French character, in the same fashion as Jean Reno. His movie credits include 1994's Nostradamus in which he plays the famous French prophet, and 1995's Bad Boys opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in which he plays a character named Fouchet, a criminal who steals heroin from the Miami-Dade Police Department's headquarters and tries to kill a woman named Julie Mott, played by Téa Leoni, who witnessed a murder. He also appeared alongside Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon (2001) as a corrupt and violent Paris police detective who frames Li's character for murder, and later gets killed by him in retribution. He has acted in prominent roles in major films set during wartime. Such performances include his acting as a vengeful French officer alongside Mel Gibson in The Patriot (2000), set during the American Revolutionary War, and his role as Jean de Dunois in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. In the DVD edition of The Patriot, Karyo overdubbed his own lines on the French-language track. He appeared in Martin Sheen's film The Way (2010) as Captain Henri.
In April 2018, it was confirmed by BBC that Tchéky Karyo would reprise his role as Julien Baptiste in a spin-off series titled Baptiste, to be written by Jack and Harry Williams. The new six-episode series began on 17 February 2019.
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