Antoine de Caunes

Antoine de Caunes

Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born (1953-12-01) 1 December 1953[1]
Occupation Television presenter and film actor and director
Parent(s) Georges de Caunes and Jacqueline Joubert

Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953 in Paris) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director.[2][3][4][5] He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.


He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.[6]

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo".[7][8] He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4.[9][10] He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies, which he claimed to be "a French lollipop, on a very British stick".

Since September 2013, he hosts Canal + daily evening show Le Grand Journal.

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.

He has been a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Soirées de l'humour — Solidarité sida.


As an Actor

As an Actor on Television

As Director



2 CD Titles, Il a pas peur de personne,’’ Film Music by BO from the animated show Lucky Luke televised on France 3 and sold in 2001 by Sony Music.

Song writer [11] · :[12]



Antoine de Caunes wrote his first book published with Éditions Albin Michel in the collection Rock & Folk in the Magma groupe:

He wrote two novels about the conquests of the New York private detective, Sam Murchinson:

Several collections of his speeches Nulle part ailleurs were published; texts written with Albert Algoud:

He also wrote a dictionary:


  1. 1 2 "The Observer Profile: Antoine de Caunes | Interviews | Film". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  2. Film (2004-04-12). "Steeckler for accuracy". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  3. Rose, Toby (2008-06-25). "France laps up De Caunes' tears of a clown | Film |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  4. "Antoine de Caunes". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  5. Weinberg, Kate (2009-03-02). "Culture Clinic: Antoine de Caunes". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  6. Les Morsures de L’Aube,
  7. James Rampton (1996-02-17). "Contentious? Moi? - Life & Style". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  8. Serena Mackesy (1997-05-03). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  9. "Le dude | From the Guardian |". London: Guardian. 1999-05-08. Retrieved 2012-09-22.
  10. Conway, Susannah (2002-04-23). "Jean Paul Gaultier turns fifty | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 2012-09-22.

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