Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau was born in Brussels, Belgium. His father, Henry Bauchau, is a noted author, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, while his mother was an educator who also helped operate a publishing company.
Patrick Nicolas Jean Sixte Ghislain Bauchau was born in Brussels, Belgium. His father, Henry Bauchau, is a noted author, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, while his mother was an educator who also helped operate a publishing company. Coming from an intellectual family, its not surprising that Bauchau won an academic scholarship to Oxford University, where he received a degree in Modern Languages. In the early 60s, Bauchau became interested in film, and worked with French filmmaker Eric Rohmer; this led to Bauchau being cast in the leading role as Adrien in Rohmers 1967 moral tale, La Collectionneuse. Bauchau and his fellow leading actors Haydee Politoff and Daniel Pommereulle were also credited with the films dialogue. While this got Bauchaus acting career off to an impressive start, his naturalistic performance left many believing that Bauchau was simply playing himself. After Tuset Street (also released in 1967), Bauchau temporarily moved away from acting and worked with Salvador Dali constructing large pillow-like animal sculptures. In 1980, Bauchau re-launched his film career in Robert Kramers Guns, and in 1982, Wim Wenders cast him in the leading role of The State Of Things. In 1984, Bauchau made his American film debut in Alan Rudolphs eccentric, romantic comedy Choose Me, and through much of the rest of the decade he worked regularly on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1991, Bauchau scored an impressive role in Michael Tolkins superb drama The Rapture, and four years later the same director gave him a meaty role in The New Age. Bauchau plays the villain the Bond flick, A View to a Kill and has starring roles in Entre Nous and The Music Teacher, both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film In 1996. Bauchau was cast in the television series Kindred: The Embraced as a patriarch of the living dead; while the series lasted only a few weeks, it did lead to the series regular role of Sydney in The Pretender, which debuted the same year and ran for four seasons on NBC.