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Pascal Duquenne
Born 8 August 1970 (1970-08-08) (age 39)
Vilvoorde, Flanders, Belgium
Years active 1991, 1996, 2004, 2006

Pascal Duquenne (b. 8 August 1970 in Vilvoorde, Belgium) is a Belgian actor. He shared the prize for a male role in 1996 Cannes Film Festival for his performance as Georges in the movie The Eighth Day, with Daniel Auteuil, who played Harry.[1] He currently lives in Brussels. He has Down syndrome.[2] [3] [4] In 2004 he received the very high civil distinction of Commander in the Order of the Crown (Belgium) [5]



TV series

  • Le commissaire Moulin, 2004


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Simple English

Pascal Duquenne is a Belgian actor. He was born in Vilvoorde, Flanders, Belgium on 8 August 1970. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome.[1][2][3]

It was Jaco van Dormael who noticed him (as Ducquenne was playing theatre). Dormael offered him his first roles in films.

In 1996 Pascal Duquenne and Daniel Auteuil were awarded a prize (for best male interpretation) at the Cannes Film Festival. Duquenne received the prize for the role of a boy who has Down syndrome. The film was called Le Huitième Jour (The Eight Day).

He also has acted in other films. Currently he lives in Brussels.

Films he played in

  • Toto le hèros (Toto the Hero), by Jaco van Dormael (1991)
  • Le Huitième Jour (The Eight Day), also by van Dormael (1995)
  • Lumière et compagnie (Light & Co.); a documentary made by about 40 authors (1996)
  • The Room, by Giles Daoust (2006)
  • Un Noël pas comme les autres (A Christmas not like the others), by Nancy Franck (1997, Television)
  • An episode of the Series Commissaire Moulin (2004, Television)



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