Luc Besson was born on March 18, 1959 in Paris, France. Besson planned on becoming a marine biologist. He spent much of his youth traveling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy, Yugoslavia, and Greece. The family returned to France when Besson was 10. His parents promptly divorced and each re-married. Instead he became a film director, writer, and producer. He has made many thrillers and action films that are visually rich. Luc has been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films “Léon: The Professional” and “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc”. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his film “The Fifth Element” (1997). “His Taken 2” (2012) is France's biggest export success.
In 1980 he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later Les Films du Dauphin. This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam. Besson has been involved with filmmaking for more than 50 films, spanning 26 years, as writer, director, and or producer. He is also being declared the John Hughes of action movies, due to him writing screenplays for action movies.
Besson’s ventures into Euro-westerns were as a screenwriter for “Bandidas” (2004) and as a producer on “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” (2005).
Today we celebrate Luc Besson’s 55th birthday.