One of the prime choices of French casting directors when filling distinguished, slightly offbeat roles, Gallic actor Frédéric Pierrot originally spent a year studying mathematics, but shifted focus and emphasis after moving to the United States and discovering a great love of cinematic spectacle. Upon returning to France, Pierrot promptly decided to establish himself as an actor and debuted onscreen in the 1986 short Manège by director Jacques Nolot. In the years that followed, he enjoyed his most prolific and successful collaborations via repeat projects with director Bertrand Tavernier, who favored the actor enormously and enlisted him on several occasions. Among their joint ventures were the 1996 Captain Conan and the 2004 Holy Lola. Additional noteworthy projects that starred Pierrot included Ken Loach's Land and Freedom (1995), Jean-Luc Godard's For Ever Mozart (1996), Laurence Barbosa's La Vie Moderne (2000), and Philippe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long (2007).