James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thierrée (born 2 May 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland) is a Swiss circus performer, violinist, actor and director who is best known for his theatre performances which blend contemporary circus, mime, dance, and music. He is the son of circus performers Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thierrée, the grandson of filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-grandson of playwright Eugene O’Neill.
1 Biography 2 Ancestry 3 Stage productions
3.1 Theatre roles 3.2 La Compagnie du Hanneton
4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links
Biography Thierrée made his stage debut aged four in 1978, appearing alongside his older sister, Aurélia Thierrée, at his parents’ small circus, Le Cirque Imaginaire. He toured with the circus and its follower, Le Cirque Invisible, throughout his childhood and teenage years, until 1994. Due to this, he was taught by tutors up to the age of twelve, when he was enrolled at the American School of Paris. Later he studied at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, the CNSAD and the Acting International in Paris, and the Harvard Theater School in the United States. In 1991, aged fifteen, he made his film debut in the role of Ariel in Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books, and has since appeared in several films. He was nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2006 for his role in Antoine de Caunes’s film Twice upon a Time (2006). In 1998 Thierrée founded his own theatre company, La Compagnie du Hanneton, and directed his first stage show,The Junebug Symphony (La Symphonie du Hanneton), in which he also performed. It toured several countries around the world and received favourable reviews from, for example, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Thierrée won four Molière Awards for the show, including that of the best director and the best newcomer in 2006, and it was chosen in 2009 as one of the ten most important theatre pieces of the decade by Le Figaro. His next pieces, the Bright Abyss (2003, La Veillée des Abysses) and Au Revoir Parapluie (2007) were similarly acclaimed, and he was awarded a Molière for the latter. In 2008 he also received Le Prix Plaisir du Théâtre from the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques. His fourth stage show, Raoul (2009) received more mixed reviews. Thierrée’s fifth spectacle, titled Tabac Rouge, is to premiere in Lausanne in the summer of 2013. Ancestry
Ancestors of James Thiérrée
2. Jean-Baptiste Thierrée
1. James Thiérrée
24. Spencer Chaplin
12. Charles Chaplin Sr
25. Ellen Elizabeth Smith
6. Charlie Chaplin
26. Charles Frederick Hill
13. Hannah Harriet Pedlingham Hill
27. Mary Ann
3. Victoria Chaplin
28. James O'Neill
14. Eugene O'Neill
29. Ella Quinlan
7. Oona O'Neill
30. Edward William Boulton
15. Agnes Boulton
31. Cecil Maud Williams
Stage productions Theatre roles
Year Production Location Role Notes
1995 Pre-Paradise, Sorry Now Espace Toulouse-Lautrec, Paris Unknown Adaption of play by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, directed by Julien Collet.
La Splendida Vergogna Del Fet Mal Fet Barcelona Unknown Written and directed by Carlos Santos. Toured.
1995–1997 Lapin Lapin Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris Unknown Written by Coline Serreau, directed by Benno Besson.
1998 Le Soleil Est Rare Théâtre de la Criée, Marseille Unknown Written and directed by Michael Cohen.
2000 La Chauve-Souris Paris Opera Unknown Adaptation of Johann Strauss II's Die Fledermaus, directed by Coline Serreau.
La Compagnie du Hanneton
Year Production Premiere location Role Notes
1998–2005 The Junebug Symphony Orion Theatre, Stockholm
Original French title: La Symphonie du Hanneton. Toured internationally.
2003–2010 Bright Abyss La Coursive, La Rochelle
Original French title: La Veillée des Abysses. Toured internationally.
2007–2011 Au Revoir Parapluie Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne
2009– Raoul Théâtre Royal, Namur
First solo show. Still touring internationally.
2013– Tabac Rouge Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne
He works on the stage with the Company. Tours internationally.
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Prospero's Books Ariel
1993 Stefano Quantestorie Teenage Stefano
The Girl in the Watermelon Matt Carrere Credited as James Spencer Thierrée
1995 Total Eclipse Frederic
1996 The Green Beautiful Mesaje
Reckoning Pino Television film.
1997 Genealogies of a Crime Young American actor
On Guard Marcello
1999 Apassionata Joel
Une Femme dans la Rue Unknown Short film
2000 Vatel Duc de Longueville
2001 A Long Long Long Night of Love Gabriele
2003 Dix-huit ans après Arthur
3 Women Unknown
2004 Rien, voilà l'ordre Alexis
2005 Bye Bye Blackbird Josef
Carmen Mercier Television film.
2006 Twice Upon a Time Paul Gaylord
2007 Buchstaben/Letters Unknown
The Vanishing Point Vincent
2009 Korkoro Félix Talouche
2010 Bartleby – Geschichte der Wall Street Bartleby Television film.
2011 See How They Dance Victor/Clément
2013 Love Battles He
2016 Chocolat George Foottit César Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
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Official website of La Compagnie du Hanneton James Thiérrée on IMDb
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Charlie Chaplin's parents
Charles Chaplin, Sr. Hannah Chaplin
Hannah Chaplin's children
Sydney J. Chaplin Charlie Chaplin George Wheeler Dryden
Charlie Chaplin's wives
Mildred Harris Lita Grey Paulette Goddard Oona O'Neill
Charlie Chaplin's children
Charles Chaplin, Jr. Sydney E. Chaplin Geraldine Chaplin Michael Chaplin Josephine Chaplin Victoria Chaplin Eugene Chaplin Christopher Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin's grandchildren
Oona Castilla Chaplin Carmen Chaplin James Thiérrée Kiera Chaplin
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César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1976 Jean Rochefort 1977 Claude Brasseur 1978 Jacques Dufilho 1979 Jacques Villeret 1980 Jean Bouise 1981 Jacques Dufilho 1982 Guy Marchand 1983 Jean Carmet 1984 Richard Anconina 1985 Richard Bohringer 1986 Michel Boujenah 1987 Pierre Arditi 1988 Jean-Claude Brialy 1989 Patrick Chesnais 1990 Robert Hirsch 1991 Jacques Weber 1992 Jean Carmet 1993 André Dussollier 1994 Fabrice Luchini 1995 Jean-Hugues Anglade 1996 Eddy Mitchell 1997 Jean-Pierre Darroussin 1998 Jean-Pierre Bacri 1999 Daniel Prévost 2000 François Berléand 2001 Gérard Lanvin 2002 André Dussollier 2003 Bernard Le Coq 2004 Darry Cowl 2005 Clovis Cornillac 2006 Niels Arestrup 2007 Kad Merad 2008 Sami Bouajila 2009 Jean-Paul Roussillon 2010 Niels Arestrup 2011 Michael Lonsdale 2012 Michel Blanc 2013 Guillaume de Tonquédec 2014 Niels Arestrup 2015 Reda Kateb 2016 Benoît Magimel 2017 James Thiérrée 2018 Antoine Reinartz
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