Laurent Stocker was a French theater and cinema actor who became a sociétaires of the Comédie-Française and was best known for his award-winning role in the romantic film "Ensemble, c'est tout" (2007). Stocker was born in Saint-Dizier, the French commune in the Haute-Marne department. In his early years as an aspiring actor, Stocker focused on theater when he first trained at the Ateliers Gérard Philipe then at the Conservatoire national supérieur d'art dramatique from 1993 to 1996. Although he spent most of his early acting career in theater, Stocker dabbled in small roles on television, making his small screen debut on "Madame le proviseur" (1994-2006). Two years after completing his training at the French conservatory, he made his feature film debut in "La mort du Chinois" (1998). Stocker's theatrical career took off when he entered the prestigious state theater, Comédie-Française, in 2001. Under contract with the Comédie-Française, Stocker's television and film career was put on hold but he reaped the benefits when he became the theater's 511th sociétaire in 2004. Now with more freedom to accept film roles, Stocker sought out to tackle French cinema. In 2007, he was cast in the romantic adaptation of French novelist Anna Gavalda's book "Ensemble, c'est tout." For his performance as the shy postcard salesman Philibert, Stocker won the César Award for Most Promising Actor and nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Writer-director Axelle Ropert tapped Stocker to join his ensemble cast for her second film, "Miss and the Doctors (Tirez la langue, mademoiselle)" (2013), which explored familial bonds and sticky love triangles.
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