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Tchéky KARYO

Tchéky Karyo, born 4. October 1953 is a Turkish-born French actor and musician. Beginning his career as an actor on stage in classical and contemporary works, he began to work as a character actor in films in the 1980s. He has acted in numerous films by Hollywood and French directors, including Luc Besson.
He was named Baruh Djaki Karyo at birth in 1953 in Istanbul, Turkey; his mother was Greek and his father was from a Sephardic Jewish family with ancestral roots in Spain. When he was young, his family moved to Paris, France, where he grew up. The spelling of his name, Djaki, was changed to Tchéky in a form of French transliteration. As a young man, Karyo studied drama at the Cyrano Theatre and later became a member of the Daniel Sorano Company, playing many classical roles.
Karyo joined the National Theatre of Strasb...

Tchéky KARYO
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