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Birth name Pierre Marie Denis ArditiNationality FranceBirth 1 december 1944
(79 years) at Paris (France
Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, Officer of the National Order of Merit
Pierre Arditi (born 1 December 1944) is a French actor. He is the brother of French actress Catherine Arditi.
Born in Paris, his father was the painter Georges Arditi, from Marseille, and his mother was Belgian.
In 1987 he won a César Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Mélo, and in 1994, a César Award for Best Actor for his role in Smoking/No Smoking.
Although his work has primarily been in French film and theater, Arditi is known in the Anglophone world as the French voice of Christopher Reeve. Arditi dubbed Christopher Reeve on the French-language version of the three first Superman films by Richard Donner and Richard Lester. Because of the added footage in the DVD Special Edition of Donner's Superman, the movie had to be re-dubbed with a different voice actor, much to the chagrin of the generation of moviegoers who had grown up with the original soundtrack and identified Superman's voice with Arditi's. He also provided the French voice for Reeve in the comedy/whodunit Deathtrap. Finally, he was the voice of the documentary series Untamed Africa, written and produced by Frederic Lepage.
He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2002. He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite on 7 April 1994, and promoted Officier (Officer) in 2005.
"Décret du 31 décembre 2001 portant promotion et nomination". JORF 2002 (1): 9. January 1, 2002. PREX0105272D. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
"Décret du 14 novembre 2005 portant promotion et nomination". JORF 2005 (265): 17793. 2005-11-15. PREX0508812D. Retrieved 2009-03-17.