Luc Besson

AFI Fest 2011 - Special Screening of "The Lady" - Arrivals

Besson in 2011, photo by

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Birth: 18 March, 1959

Ethnicity: French, some Belgian Flemish

Luc Besson is a French film director, writer, and producer.

Luc is the son of Danièle Plane and Claude Besson, who both worked as Club Med scuba-diving instructors. He spent much of his childhood traveling with his parents to tourist resorts in Italy, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Greece. He moved back to Paris around the time he was eighteen.

Luc is married to film producer Virginie Besson-Silla. Virginie is the sister of actress and filmmaker Karine Silla. Luc has a daughter with his former wife, actress Anne Parillaud; a daughter with his former wife, actress Maïwenn Le Besco; and three children with Virginie. Maïwenn is the sister of actress and filmmaker Isild Le Besco.

Luc’s paternal grandfather was Paul Besson (the son of Abraham Jules Besson and Françoise Louise Vaneycken). Paul was born in Paris. Abraham was the son of Paul Besson and Madeleine Mounier. Françoise was born in Brussels, Belgium, the daughter of Jean Joseph Vaneycken and Sophie Adolphine Adélaïde Robyns.

Luc’s paternal grandmother was Lucienne Joséphine Louise Besson (the daughter of Ernest Besson and Berthe Joséphine Leluan). Lucienne was born in Paris. Ernest was the son of Joseph Besson and Jeanne Marie Alphonse Bouche. Berthe was the daughter of Albert Paul Léonard Leluan and Joséphine Marie Lefevre.

Source: Genealogy of Luc Besson (focusing on his father’s side) –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    son of Claude Besson and Danièle Plane.

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