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A French actor of Alsatian descent, Richard Bohringer rose to international fame for his supporting role in Diva (1981). It was the stage-trained Bohringer's second film appearance, his first being in Francois Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980). Since that time, Bohringer has won Cesar awards (the French equivalent of the Oscar) for his appearance as a crime boss in L'Addition (aka The Caged Heart, [1884]) and his principal role in the "child's point of view" drama Le Grand Chemin (Grand Highway, [1987]). In 1989, Bohringer was seen as one of the four titular characters in Peter Greenaway's controversial The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989). Richard Bohringer is the father of actress Romane Bohringer, with whom he appeared in The Accompanist (1993).

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