Every actor worth their weight has that one movie role that can be pointed at as the one that put them at the forefront of the acting world. For French actor Christopher Lambert, he will forever be remembered for his roles as Tarzan and the thunder god Raiden in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and Mortal Kombat (1995) respectively. However, both of those roles do not hold water when put in comparison with the cult adventure-fantasy film Highlander (1986) where he plays the role of Connor MacLeod. Read on to find out more about his career as well as a few other things that you would not have guessed about him.
6 Things To Know About Christopher Lambert
1. Christopher Lambert Was Born in the United States But Was Raised In Europe
On the 29th day of March 1957, in Great Neck, New York, Christopher Lambert was born Christophe Guy Denis Lambert to Yolande (de Caritat de Peruzzis) and Georges Lambert-Lamond. Not much is known about his mother unlike his father, a French Jew, who was known to have worked as a diplomat at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York.
After having spent a number of his infancy years in the Big Apple, Lambert and his parents moved to Europe, first settling in Geneva, Switzerland before ultimately returning home to Paris, France when their son was in his teenage years.
2. His Break In Hollywood Came As A Direct Result Of His Myopia
Lambert is known to suffer from profound Myopia as his sight is so bad that he cannot see without his glasses. For some unknown reason, he is also unable to wear contact lenses, making him virtually blind whenever he is without his glasses.
Many people might think that the fact that he suffers from such a disease might restrict him from having to appear in a wide range of roles. This is, however, not the case as his eyes were said to be the main reason why he was able to get his breakthrough in Hollywood after having already begun acting in France.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Christopher Lambert appeared in a number of French films like Ciao, les mecs (1979), Le bar du téléphone (1980), Une sale affaire (1981), and Putain d’histoire d’amour (1981), where he played supporting roles. Hoping to move from the European acting scene to Hollywood, Lambert auditioned for the role of Tarzan in Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes, the film adaptation of novelist Edgar Rice Burroughs’ iconic character.
Director Hugh Hudson, who had just completed the work on his Academy Award-winning film, Chariots of Fire (1981), was hired by Warner Bros to direct the film. Hudson opted to use a young and unknown actor for the titular role, which Lambert auditioned for and got largely because he always seemed to be looking into the distance when he took off his glasses. While Lambert went on to suffer many injuries while performing his own stunts due to his poor sight, the movie was released in 1984 to critical acclaim, announcing the actor’s arrival in the American film industry.
In 1985, Christopher Lambert picked up his first and only award to date, a César Award for Best Actor in Luc Besson’s comedy-drama film Subway. Other notable films he has since appeared in include Highlander (1986), To Kill a Priest (1988), Why Me? (1990), Mortal Kombat (1995), Beowulf (1999), and Druids (2001).
3. Lambert Has Been Married Twice
Christopher Lambert was first married to actress Diane Lane. While it is not clear where they first met, the two wedded in October 1988 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the same year they both appeared in the romantic film Love Dream. The union produced a daughter named Eleanor Jasmine before they divorced in 1994.
In February 1999, Lambert walked down the aisle again, this time with Jaiymse Haft. It is not clear what happened between the pair as things ended in 2000 and nothing more was heard about them.
4. He Dated Actress Sophie Marceau
Following the end of his second marriage, Lambert entered into a relationship with French actress and filmmaker Sophie Marceau who is best known for appearing in films like L’Étudiante (1988), Pacific Palisades (1990), Revenge of the Musketeers (1994), Braveheart (1995), and the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough (1999).
The pair began their relationship in 2007, the same year in which they appeared in the French crime drama film, La disparue de Deauville. They remained together for 7 years before announcing their separation in July 2014.
5. He Owns A Vineyard Among Other Businesses
Not one to solely rely on what he earns from acting, Christopher Lambert has invested in a number of businesses. They include a vineyard, a mineral water business, and a food processing plant. Lambert’s vineyard, which he owns with partner Eric Beaumard, is located in Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, France where it produces Côtes du Rhône wines that are primarily sold in Europe.
6. The Mortal Kombat Actor Has Written Two Novels
Lambert’s first notable writing job came for the script of Russell Mulcahy’s Resurrection (1999). After that, he went on to write two French novels – La fille Porte-bonheur in 2011, and Le Juge, in 2015.