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Timothee Chalamet Biography

Timothee Chalamet

Biography


Nickname
Teemo
Timmy
Tim
Timmy T

Height
5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Biography
Timothée Hal Chalamet was born and raised in Manhattan, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. He is the brother of actress Pauline Chalamet, a nephew of director Rodman Flender, and a grandson of screenwriter Harold Flender. His mother, who is from New York, is of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His father, who is from Nîmes, France, is of French and English ancestry.

He grew up in an artistic family, appearing in commercials and the New York theatre scene, and attending the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where his classmate and friend was actor Ansel Elgort (the two later received their first Golden Globe nominations in the same year, 2017). For a time, Timothée also attended Columbia University.

He made his film debut in 2014, as a high school student in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children (2014) and Matthew McConaughey's character's teenage son in Interstellar (2014). He subsequently had sizable roles in several indie films, playing the younger version of writer Stephen Elliott in The Adderall Diaries (2015), the male lead, Zac, in the drama One and Two (2015), and Billy in the road trip drama Miss Stevens (2016). On stage, he has appeared in the plays The Talls, by Anna Kerrigan, and John Patrick Shanley's autobiographical Prodigal Son, while on television, he has had a minor role in the film Loving Leah (2009), a big part in Law & Order (1990), and meatier roles on the shows Royal Pains (2009) and Homeland (2011), among other work.

He broke out in 2017, appearing in notable supporting roles, as a soldier in the western Hostiles (2017) and a high school crush of the title character in Lady Bird (2017), and in a leading role as Elio, an Italian Jewish seventeen year-old who romances his father's older assistant, played by Armie Hammer, in the Luca Guadagnino drama Call Me by Your Name (2017). Timothée's role as Elio has received significant critical acclaim, and he has thus far been nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Drama, as well as having won many critics' groups' awards for Best Actor of the Year.

In 2018, he will star as Nic Sheff, who suffers from substance abuse problems, in the drama Beautiful Boy (2018); and headline Woody Allen's next comedy, A Rainy Day in New York (2018), with Selena Gomez.


Trivia
  • Born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City. He is the son of Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor, and Nicole Flender, a dancer and real estate broker.
  • His father was raised in Lille, France, and his mother is from New York. Timothée's paternal grandfather, The Rev. Roger Chalamet, was a French Protestant minister, and Timothée's paternal grandmother, Jean (Ashworth), moved from Canada to France, and was of British Isles ancestry. Timothée's mother is Jewish (of half Austrian Jewish and half Russian Jewish ancestry). Timothée's maternal grandparents, Harold Flender and Enid Rodman, were both born in The Bronx, New York, both of them to Jewish immigrant parents.
  • Timothée's uncle (mother's brother) is director Rodman Flender. Timothée's maternal grandfather was writer and screenwriter Harold Flender.
  • He was one of the final candidates for the role of Spider-Man in 2017, but Tom Holland was cast instead.
  • His name is properly pronounced Timo-TAY but he also accepts Timothy, Tim, and Timmy.
  • Timothée is the French form of Timothy. In the French version of the Bible, Timothée is the companion of St. Paul. It is a masculine name. The name is pronounced in French as tim-o-tay.
  • Plays the piano and guitar, the former of which he played for the role of Elio in Call Me by Your Name (2017).
  • Speaks French fluently and learned how to speak Italian while shooting Call Me by Your Name (2017).
  • Brother of actress Pauline Chalamet and nephew of writer, producer, and director Amy Lippman.
  • In 2017, became the youngest winner of the NYFCC's Best Actor prize, for Call Me by Your Name (2017).
  • His maternal grandfather Harold Flender wrote for Sid Caesar in the 1950s, along with Woody Allen. When Allen later cast Timothée in his film A Rainy Day in New York (2018), he was initially unaware of the family relation.
  • He and Ansel Elgort attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts at the same time. He maintains when he auditioned for school plays he didn't get the roles because Ansel did, so he was relegated to the talent shows.
  • He is the first person born in the 1990s to have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for Call Me by Your Name (2017), fourteen years after Keisha Castle-Hughes became the first person born in the 1990s to be nominated for an acting Oscar (Best Actress, for Whale Rider (2002), in the ceremony for 2003). Lucas Hedges and Dev Patel are the first males born in the 1990s to have been nominated for acting (Best Supporting Actor, for Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Lion (2016), respectively).
  • As of 2018, he has been in 2 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Call Me by Your Name (2017) and Lady Bird (2017).
  • Auditioned for the role of Patrick in Manchester by the Sea (2016). He lost out to Lucas Hedges.



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