People become famous for various reasons, for Luc Besson, it’s for his endeavors as a French screenwriter, producer, and film director. This fella is popular for his work in The Big Blue, Nikita, and Subway. His distinctive and unique style of filmmaking belongs to the Cinema Du look movement. Unsurprisingly, Luc has earned numerous awards and recognition for his work including a César Award for Best Picture and Best Director; these were for his films The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Léon: The Professional, and The Fifth Element. Luc Besson also wrote and directed the hit sci-fi film Lucy and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
The film director also owns his own production company called Les Films Du Loup, Les Films du Dauphin, which were then followed by EuropaCorp which he co-founded with Pierre-Ange Le-Pogam, a longtime friend and collaborator. The director has also been involved in the production and scriptwriting of major blockbusters such as The Transporter, Taxi, Kiss of the Dragon, Taken 1,2, & 3, Nikita, and Unleashed/Danny the Dog. Luc Besson is credited with pioneering a new movement in the 1980s through the ’90s that favored a highly visual and experimental style which used cinema as a means of expression, rebelling against the cultural values that pervaded cinema at the time.
Who Is Luc Besson – The Film Director?
The award-winning film director was born on March 18, 1959, in Paris. As a child, all he longed for was to become a marine biologist, and he enjoyed traveling to tourist resorts in Yugoslavia, Greece, and Italy with his parents until they divorced and returned to France.
When he was 17, Luc suffered a diving accident that rendered him unable to dive, the life of a marine biologist was no longer as appealing as it once was. He began thinking about what he could do, and since he loved writing and taking pictures, he decided to try out making movies. That was the beginning of a long and successful career for him.
He began working on Le Grand Blue when he was only a teenager, and soon started writing other stories, some of which came to be the movie The Fifth Element. He returned to Paris and took up whatever odd jobs he could find in films in order to get a grasp of the trade. Luc Besson worked as an assistant to prominent directors like Patrick Grandperret and Claude Faraldo, going on to direct a number of commercials, a documentary, and three short films. He relocated to the United States for three years before returning to found his own production company.
Some of Luc’s other prominent works include The Lady, a biopic of the diplomat and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, Lockout, and Le Grand Bleu, a film that essentially defined a generation and cemented its place in pop culture. He also created the popular Arthur series including Arthur and the Minimoys, Artur and the Vengeance of Maltazard, Arthur and the War of the Two Worlds, and Arthur and the Forbidden City.
Luc Besson is ranked as one of the best filmmakers in the French movie industry and in the world. Most of his works have received critical acclaim and mainstream success. He has over 50 films on his resume so far and shows no signs of slowing down.
What’s His Net Worth?
Luc Besson is a high-ranking film director, one of the best in the business, so it’s not surprising that he has made truckloads of money from his production, writing, and direction work. The French director is estimated to have a net worth of $100 million, a whopping sum by any standards. As he has no intention of retiring soon, this figure is expected to rise substantially in the coming years.
Luc Besson’s Family and Spouse
Luc was born to French parents who worked as Club Med scuba diving instructors, and he was raised by both of them until they separated when he was 10. Afterward, he shuffled back and forth between them and their new families until he was old enough to strike out on his own.
The iconic director is no stranger to relationships or romantic affairs. He has been married four times. His first marriage was to Anne Parrillaud, the actress in 1986. They had a daughter, born in 1897 and named Juliette, but the marriage came to an end in 1991.
Luc Besson began dating his second wife also an actress, Maiwenn Le Bosco when she was 15 and him 31. They got married in 1992 when she was pregnant with Shanna, their daughter. This union hit the rocks in 1997 when Luc began having an affair with 22-year-old actress Milla Jovovich while filming The Fifth Element. He married her on December 14, 1997, and they were divorced two years later.
He married his fourth and current wife, Virginie Silla, a film producer on August 28, 2004. They have three children together: Thalia, Sateen, and Mao.