Won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director for his 2011 film The Artist, which starred Jean Dujardin.
He directed TV commercials before making his first feature, the TV movie La Classe Américaine, in 1993.
His 2008 film OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies earned him a Cesar Award nomination for Best Writing.
He had four children with Bérénice Bejo.
He directed Dustin Hoffman in La Classe Américaine.