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When characterizing Patrick Bauchau writers tend to use words like "urbane," "cosmopolitan" and "sophisticated." His background certainly lends itself to such descriptions, as does the man himself.
    One of three brothers, Patrick Bauchau (pronounced "beau-show") was born in Brussels and raised in Belgium, England and Switzerland. His father, Henry Bauchau, a writer, served in the Belgian underground during the war, ran a publishing company and was the head of a finishing school in Switzerland. His mother, the late Mary Kozyrev, expatriated from Russia and at one time ran both the publishing company and the finishing school. Patrick attended Oxford University on an academic scholarship and holds a degree in modern languages. He speaks French, English, German, Spanish, Italian. He also knows a bit of Flemish and Russian.
     Patrick Bauchau's career began in the 1960s as a runner for French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. That job eventually led to a starring role in Rohmer's La Collectionneuse in 1967. In the '70s, Patrick took a break from acting, during which time he built furniture and created large stuffed-animal pillows for Salvadore Dali. He returned to acting by the '80s, starring in the Wim Wenders film The State of Things in 1982. He has divided his time between the U.S. and elsewhere, appearing in such diverse movies as the Bond flick, A View to a Kill, Michael Tolkin's The Rapture and The New Age, Entre Nous and The Music Teacher, which were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, and blockbusters like Clear and Present Danger. Bauchau currently can be seen in the Jennifer Lopez film The Cell. He will appear in the indie movies The Beat Nicks and Secretary and David Fincher's The Panic Room, as well as Jackpot and North Fork, the next projects from the Polish brothers, with whom Patrick worked in the critically-acclaimed Twin Falls Idaho.
     Patrick Bauchau has also had several roles in television movies and series, including a Columbo movie special and the short-lived Fox series, Kindred: The Embraced. His first series was the Canadian show Mount Royal, for which Patrick earned a Gemini Award nomination. He is best known these days for his role as Sydney in the former NBC series, The Pretender. The show continues in reruns and movie specials on TNT. Sydney is a scientist in charge of experimenting with extremely gifted children, at the Centre - a think tank with nefarious intentions and practices. Since the character of Sydney is a man who is intrinsically more moral than his employers, he is often left very conflicted by his work, especially as he frequently becomes an unintentional surrogate parent. "Sydney is fond of Jarod and wants him to reach his full potential," says Bauchau. "This causes problems for the people who run the Centre when Jarod escapes, because he's so protective of him, like a surrogate son. I find my character to be a professional man who runs his program on the edge and could be seen as a guilty party to what's gone on before."
When comparing work on a big-budget film to that of smaller, independent films and television, Bauchau says, "When you are in a blockbuster movie, you tend to execute a pre-established program and seem to be part of a giant battleship. In the art films, it's more of a guerrilla style and less structured. In some ways, TV and art movies have more in common, because you discover what's to be done, and then you can be more creative."
     Outside of work, Patrick spends time gardening, practicing yoga and preparing gourmet vegetarian meals, pursuits that contribute to his reputation for being cultured. He and his wife, Mijanou, split their time between Hollywood and Louveciennes, west of Paris. They have one adult daughter, Camille. Patrick's birthday is December 6th.

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Secretary (2002) .... Thomas Twardon
Panic Room, The (2001) .... Stephen
Pretender: Island of the Haunted, The (2001) (TV) .... Sydney
Jackpot (2001) .... Sevon Voice/Santa Claus
Pretender 2001, The (2001) (TV) .... Sydney
Beat Nicks, The (2000)
Sculptress, The (2000) .... Professor Giraud
Cell, The (2000) .... Lucien Baines
Twin Falls Idaho (1999) .... Miles
Donald Cammell: The Ultimate Performance (1998)
"Kindred: The Embraced" (1996) TV Series .... Archon Raine
Magi randagi, I (1996) .... Balthazar
    aka We Free Kings (1996) (USA)
"Pretender, The" (1996) TV Series .... Sydney
Enfants de salaud (1996) .... Pierre-Yves
    aka Bastard Brood (1996) (USA)
OP Center (1995) (TV) .... Kurt
    aka Tom Clancy's 'OP Center' (1995) (TV)
Serpent's Lair (1995) .... Sam
Jenipapo (1995) .... Padre Stephen Louis
    aka Interview, The (1995) (USA)
Dark Side of Genius (1994) .... Sherman McPhee
New Age, The (1994) .... Jean Levy

Lisbon Story (1994) .... Friedrich Munro
    aka Lisbonne Story (1994)
    aka Viagem a Lisboa (1994) (Portugal)

Clear and Present Danger (1994) .... Enrique Rojas, Cali Cartel
Day of Reckoning (1994) (TV) .... Andre Rouselle
Acting on Impulse (1993) .... Yoram Sussman
    aka Eyes of a Stranger (1993) (USA)
    aka Roses Are Dead (1993)
    aka Secret Lies (1993)
    aka Secret Lives (1993) (USA)
Beatnicks, The (1993) .... Hank Kerchief
Every Breath (1993) .... Richard
And the Band Played On (1993) (TV) .... Dr. Luc Montagnier
Chain of Desire (1992) .... Jerald Buckley
Complicazioni nella notte (1992)
Havanera 1820 (1992) .... Mr. Johnson
From Time to Time (1992)
    aka Timekeeper (1992)
    aka Visionarium, Le (1992) (France)
Craven (1991)
C—mo levantar 1000 kilos (1991)
Nodo alla cravatta, Il (1991)
    aka Knot in the Necktie, The (1991)
Robert's Movie (1991) .... Robert
Terra Nova (1991/I) .... Mr. Stal
    aka New Land (1991)
Rapture, The (1991) .... Vic
Blood Ties (1991) (TV) .... Eli
Double Identity (1990) (TV) .... Ravennes
    aka Frontire du crime (1990) (TV) (France)
    aka Haute tension - frontire du crime (1990) (TV)
Lo m‡s natural (1990) .... Pablo
    aka Most Natural Thing, The (1990)
Madonne et le dragon, La (1990) (TV) .... Pavel
    aka Madonna and the Dragon, The (1990) (TV) (Europe: English title)
Erreur de jeunesse (1990) .... Paul
Visioni private (1989)
    aka Private Screening (1989)
Columbo: Murder - A Self-Portrait (1989) (TV) .... Max Barsini
ComŽdie d'amour (1989) .... Vollard
Australia (1989) .... Andre Gauthier
Ma”tre de musique, Le (1988) .... Prince Scotti
    aka Music Teacher, The (1988)
Mujer de tu vida: La mujer perdida, La (1988) (TV) .... Doctor Hopkins
Travestie, La (1988) .... Raymond Ravennes
"Mount Royal" (1987) TV Series .... AndrŽ Valeur
    aka "Mont-Royal" (1989) (Canada: French title) (France)
Motten im Licht (1987)
Accroche-coeur (1987)
Friendship's Death (1987) .... Kubler
Riviera (1987) (TV) .... Riker
Love Among Thieves (1987) (TV) .... Alan Channing
Cross (1987)
Balada da Praia dos C‹es (1986) .... Captain Dantas
    aka Playa de los perros, La (1986) (Spain)
Conseil de famille (1986) (uncredited) .... Octave
    aka Family Business (1986)
"Kane & Abel" (1985) (mini) TV Series .... Ludwik
Lola (1985) .... Robert
Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento, Il (1985) .... Himself/Inspector Rudolf Geiger
    aka Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985)
View to a Kill, A (1985) .... Scarpine
    Christopher Columbus (1985) (TV) .... Don Rodrigo
Phenomena (1985) .... Inspector Rudolf Geiger
    aka Creepers (1985) (USA: US version)
Choose Me (1984) .... Zack Antoine
Femme publique, La (1984) .... Ethel's Father
    aka Public Woman, The (1984)
Emmanuelle 4 (1984) .... Marc
Premiers dŽsirs (1983) .... Jordan
    aka Erste Sehnsucht (1983) (West Germany)
    aka First Desires (1983)
Coup de foudre (1983) .... Carlier
    aka At First Sight (1983)
    aka Between Us (1983)
    aka Entre Nous (1983)
Enigma (1982)

Stand der Dinge, Der (1982) .... Friedrich Munro
    aka Estado das Coisas, O (1982) (Portugal)
    aka State of Things, The (1982)

ëles, Les (1982)
Crystal Gazing (1982) .... Husband
Guns (1980) .... Tony
Tuset Street (1967)
Collectionneuse, La (1967) .... Adrien
    aka Collector, The (1967)
    aka Six contes moraux IV: La Collectionneuse (1967)
Carrire de Suzanne, La (1963) (uncredited) .... Frank
    aka Suzanne's Career (1963)