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Luc Besson Biography

Luc Besson is the author of Arthur and the Minimoys.
Courtesy of HarperCollins

Birthdate: March 18, 1959
Birthplace: Paris, France

Luc Besson is a pretty accomplished dude. Whether he's producing films, making music or writing books, he's always on top of his game. Kidzworld take a look at the author of Arthur and the Forbidden City!

Luc Besson - Aquatic Upbringing

Luc Besson was born in Paris to parents who were both SCUBA diving instructors. Their unconventional occupation had a huge influence on Luc and he spent most of his teen years hoping to be a marine biologist. When a diving accident left him unable to dive anymore, Luc changed his focus to filmmaking. He worked odd jobs in the French industry before moving to the US for a few years. When he returned to France, Luc started his own film company.

Luc Besson - There's No Business Like Show Business

Luc began writing, directing and producing his own films and quickly found success in France. In fact, many people have called him "the French Steven Spielberg". In 1997, he had huge success in English-speaking countries with the film, The Fifth Element, starring Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis. Luc Besson married Milla Jovovich later that year but they divorced in 1999. Luc also wrote and directed La Femme Nikita, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, and produced Madonna's Love Profusion music video.

Luc Besson - Minimoy Madness

In more recent times, Luc Besson has turned his writing talents to children's books. Arthur and the Minimoys was his first novel for kids and in his second installment, Arthur and the Forbidden City, Arthur continues his quest to save his grandfather in the land of the Minimoys. Luc is currently working on a movie based on both books, which is due to hit theaters in the United States in January, 2007..

Luc Besson - Did U Know?

  • A puppet styled after Luc Besson is on the French show Les Guignols de l'info.
  • Luc spent much of his childhood in Greece and the former Yugoslavia where his parents were diving instructors for Club Med.
  • Luc Besson has four daughters.
  • Luc Besson Says....
    "People often say I'm a child at heart. In fact, I think I just have access to my childhood; I have a very clear memory of it. We were all children once. We just need to show a bit of respect for it."

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