Jean-Paul Rouve is a French actor, writer and director, working primarily in film--as an actor, he's frequently a leading man. He made his screen debut on television, though, initiating his longest-running character, Leveil, on the crime series "Julie Lescaut," on which he appeared for 23 episodes (from 1993 to 2000). In 2002, Rouve played the part of Pierre-Jean Lamour, a key supporting character in the comedy "Monsieur Batignole," which co-starred and was directed by Gerard Junot; in 2008, when Rouve made his directorial debut in the crime biopic "The Easy Way," he too cast himself in the starring role. As Lamour, Rouve won the César Award for Most Promising Actor and soon found a significant increase in film roles. He had an especially busy 2004, including a co-starring role in the comedy "Podium" and a supporting part in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's epic romance mystery "A Very Long Engagement," which starred Audrey Tautou of "Amélie" fame. After three consecutive starring roles throughout 2005 and 2006, including the role of Vincent in the 2006 comedy "Those Happy Days," Rouve began working with big-name director Luc Besson, providing voice acting for his family adventure series "Arthur and the Invisibles." Rouve returned to voice roles for the second and third installments of the French-made, English-language series in 2009 and 2010, and he would also appear in Besson's 2010 live action adventure, "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec."
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