Born: October 04, 1953
One of his first English-language films was A Grande Arte (1991), starring Peter Coyote. Karyo also appeared in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) with Gérard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver, the HBO-TV movie And the Band Played On (1993) with Alan Alda and the box office hit Bad Boys (1995) with Will Smith.
Other memorable performances include playing Meg Ryan's ex-boyfriend in the comedy Addicted to Love (1997) and Major Jean Villeneuve, the French ally of Mel Gibson's character in The Patriot (2000). When his Nikita director, Luc Besson, also successfully made the transition to Hollywood, Karyo gladly agreed to play the part of Dunois in Besson's feature film release Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999). Karyo continues to work both in American and French films, with major roles in The Core (2003), starring Hilary Swank, Flyboys (2006), alongside Jean Reno and The Way (2011), with Martin Sheen. He has appeared in over 80 films since his debut in 1982.