It's been a good month for the French actor Jean Dujardin! He capped off what's already been an amazing award season run today with an
Oscar nomination in the category of best actor for his performance in The Artist. The silent movie part has already won Jean a Golden Globe, and we'll see if he adds to his trophy collection at Sunday's SAG Awards.
Jean's no stranger to fame, or award ceremonies for that matter. It turns out that he's among the most well known actors in France — click through to find out even more about Jean!
Jean tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Alexandra
Lamy in 2009. They worked together on the French TV series Un gars, une fille from 1999 - 2003.
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He's All Natural
Dujardin actually means "from the garden" in French. In an interview last year,
Jean talked about his green ways. He said, "I recycle. I have a house in the south of France and I have a small garden. . . I grow carrots, peppers, strawberries, green beans, and things for salads, but there are lots of wild boars all around and they steal the food."
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He's a Prankster
Jean is often photographed horsing around with reporters or photographers. His film career in France is heavy on comedies. In fact, he worked with
The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius on two previous films, the parodies OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio.
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He Loves to Dance
Jean actually learned to
tap dance for The Artist, but has always loved "dancing in general and making girls dance."
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He Started Early
At the age of 23,
Jean put on a one-man show in Paris. He performed it around Paris before scoring a role on TV.
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He's a Dad
He has two sons, Simon and Jules, with ex-wife Gaëlle.
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He Served His Country
Jean served his mandatory military service before becoming an actor.
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After high school, Jean worked at his parents' construction company.
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He's No Stranger to Award Shows
His 2006 movie
OSS 117 in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies earned him a nomination at the César Awards, France's equivalent of the Oscars. He didn't win, but did take home an Etoile D'Or from the French Film Critics Awards.
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He Has a Hollywood Man Crush
In a recent
GQ article, Jean shared, "I adore [Paul] Newman. His elegance was so relaxed — chewing gum, opening his jacket, the tie hanging."
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