After five years of studies at the Paris Conservatory of Dramatic Arts under Antoine Vitez and a couple of stage appearances, Jean-Hugues Anglade made his screen debut in 1983 in Patrice Chereau's L'Homme Blessé (1983) as a troubled young man discovering his own homosexuality.
He then appeared in two cult films: Luc Besson's stylish Subway (1985) and Jean-Jacques Beineix's 37.2 le matin/Betty Blue (1986). The latter picture was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar and received the Grand Prix des Amériques at the Montréal World Film Festival in 1987. The film's acclaim established Anglade as a symbol of the new generation of French actors who weren't hesitant to expose themselves, as well as the naked souls of the troubled characters which they portrayed.
Anglade sealed his success with Maladie d'Amour (1987) and Noc...