Tchéky Karyo

About Tchéky Karyo

Who is it?: Actor
Birth Day: October 04, 1953
Birth Place: Istanbul, French
Occupation: Actor, musician
Years active: 1982 – present
Spouse(s): Isabelle Pasco (m.1995, divorced)
Partner(s): Valérie Kéruzoré
Children: 2

Tchéky Karyo

Tchéky Karyo was born on October 04, 1953 in Istanbul, French, is Actor. Tcheky Karyo is one of the finest actors of French cinema, who has to his credit a plethora of films. He is most noted for his roles in war films, which has earned him much praise and appreciation. Born as Baruh Djaki Karyo in Istanbul, he has a mixed lineage; his father was Turkish while his mother was a Greek. He started his career at a young age initially serving as an actor in classical and contemporary works. It was in 1980 that he started working as a character actor. His most noted early appearance was for French director Luc Besson in ‘Nikita’. Over the years, he has acted in movies of different genres, right from comedy to drama, war films to erotic ones, crime thriller to adventure and tragedy. Other than acting, he is noted as a musician and songwriter. His poetic lyrics have garnered much fame and appreciation
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Popular As Tchéky Karyo
Occupation Film & Theater Personalities
Age 69 years old
Zodiac Sign Scorpio
Born October 04, 1953 (Istanbul, French)
Birthday October 04
Town/City Istanbul, French
Nationality French

🌙 Zodiac

Tchéky Karyo’s zodiac sign is Scorpio. According to astrologers, Scorpio-born are passionate and assertive people. They are determined and decisive, and will research until they find out the truth. Scorpio is a great leader, always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness. Scorpio is a Water sign and lives to experience and express emotions. Although emotions are very important for Scorpio, they manifest them differently than other water signs. In any case, you can be sure that the Scorpio will keep your secrets, whatever they may be.

🌙 Chinese Zodiac Signs

Tchéky Karyo was born in the Year of the Snake. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted, generous, charming, good with money, analytical, insecure, jealous, slightly dangerous, smart, they rely on gut feelings, are hard-working and intelligent. Compatible with Rooster or Ox.

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Awards and nominations:

He was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in La Balance. In 1986, he was awarded the Jean Gabin Prize in recognition of his acting performances.



He was named Baruh Djaki Karyo at birth in 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey; his mother was Greek and his Father was from a Sephardic Jewish family with ancestral roots in Spain. 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 was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his role in La Balance. In 1986, he was awarded the Jean Gabin Prize in recognition of his acting performances.


He has participated in many Hollywood movies, often portraying a French character, in the same fashion as Jean Reno. 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.


Karyo is also a musician and Songwriter. He released the highly acclaimed 2006 album Ce lien qui nous unit (translated in English as "the link that binds us"), and released Credo in 2013 on his 60th birthday.


In 2014 and 2016 Karyo has received critical praise for his performance as Julien Baptiste in the acclaim BBC One/Starz drama series The Missing.

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