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Christian Jean-Marie Clavier (born May 6, 1952 in Paris) is a French actor, screenwriter, producer and director.

One of the founders of the Parisian comedic theater troupe Le Splendid' with Thierry Lhermitte, Michel Blanc, and Gérard Jugnot (they were all high school friends), later joined by Josiane Balasko and Bruno Moynot. They were most famous for their smash hit stage play-turned-movie Le père Noël est une ordure (Santa Claus Is a Stinker) and the vacation comedy movies Les Bronzés (French Fried Vacation) and Les Bronzés font du ski (French Fried Vacation 2). All of these count among the most popular and quotable comedy films ever made in France, enjoying widely watched reruns every year without any sign of stopping.

Much like Louis de Funès before him (to whom he's sometimes compared/considered a successor to), the overwhelming majority of Clavier's movie roles are comedic, and often about nervous and/or obnoxious Butt Monkeys, and are usually huge national box office draws. His most famous roles outside the Splendid' films include time-travelling moronic medieval squire Jacquouille and his prickly 20th century descendant Jacquart in Les Visiteurs (he also wrote that trilogy) and Astérix the Gaul. He also often plays characters who are caricatures of the modern French upper class, either Nouveau Riches or Old Money.

His non-comedic roles are pretty much all to be found on TV, with productions such as a 2000 miniseries adaptation of Les Misérables in which he played Monsieur Thénardier alongside Gérard Depardieu as Jean Valjean and Napoléon, a 2002 miniseries about Napoléon Bonaparte in which he played the main role (alongside Depardieu, again).

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