At the age of 18, the young Toulousan was admitted to the Cours Jean Périmony in Paris. In 1982, he entered the École nationale supérieure des arts et techniques du théâtre. Before entering the Comédie-Française, Christian Gonon was noticed for his interpretations of Count de Guiche in Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand directed by Jérôme Savary in 1983, of d'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers by Jean-Louis Martin-Barbaz (Jean Marais prize for best actor in 1991) and of Lacroix in The Death of Danton by Büchner directed by Philippe Lanton in 1998. After playing Eilif in Mère Courage et ses enfants by Brecht, directed by Jorge Lavelli, Christian Gonon joined the Comédie-Française on July 1, 1998, becoming a member on January 1, 2009. He distinguished himself in many roles, including Maxime in Cinna by Corneille directed by Simon Eine, Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice directed by Andrei Serban, the Man and the Fox in Fables by La Fontaine directed by Robert Wilson, Cassius in Tête d'or by Paul Claudel directed by Anne Delbée, De Ciz in Partage de midi by the same author directed by Yves Beaunesne, Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare directed by Oskaras Koršunovas. He played in Ubu roi by Jarry under the direction of Jean-Pierre Vincent and in Un fil à la patte by Feydeau under Jérôme Deschamps. Denis Podalydès directed him twice: in Cyrano de Bergerac by Rostand and in his version of Lucrèce Borgia by Victor Hugo. More recently, Christian Gonon has performed in shows by Éric Ruf (as Tybalt in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet), Katharina Thalbach (Brecht's The Resistible Ascension of Arturo Ui), Lars Norén (who created his latest play, Poussière, at the Salle Richelieu) and Clément Hervieu-Léger (Wedekind's Spring Awakening).
In the cinema, he acted, among others, under the direction of Sébastien Gabriel in Et si je parle (2005) and Guillaume Georget in Les hommes sont des rêves (2011), as well as in various short films, including Memento by Jean-Max Peteau (1992), which won the Avoriaz Grand Prix and the Clermont-Ferrand Audience Award. He is the French voice of Colin Firth and Christoph Waltz in many films.
As a director, Christian Gonon presented Fabrice Melquiot's play for young audiences Bouli Miro at the Studio-Théâtre in 2004, in which he also played the title role. In 2016, he adapted and performed, as part of the Singulis, Samuel Beckett's Compagnie, a first stage version of which was performed at the Comédie-Française by Pierre Dux in 1984.
This season, he reprises his role as Ned Land and the manipulation of puppets in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, directed by Christian Hecq and Valérie Lesort at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier, as well as that of the Count in Il faut qu'une porte soit ouverte ou fermée by Musset, directed by Laurent Delvert at the Studio-Théâtre. He also proposes a Grenier des acteurs on January 8, a reading of excerpts from La pensée, la poésie et le politique - dialogue with Jack Ralite by Karelle Ménine, Salle Richelieu at La Coupole.
After training at the Ecole-Théâtre de la Belle de Mai, Pierre Louis-Calixte made his debut with the Compagnie Carcara. In 2001 at the Avignon Festival, he played the title role in "Macbeth" of Shakespeare under the direction of Sylvain Maurice. He then played Pinocchio in the homonymous play by Carlo Collodi for Nicolas Fleury at the CDN Poitou-Charentes. Claire Lasne-Darcueil cast him in Chekhov's Man of the Woods and then in Molière's "Dom Juan", Joël Jouanneau in Jacques Serena's "Gouaches" and in "Dickie" after Shakespeare's "Richard III" and Claudia Stavisky in Enzo Cormann's "Cairn".
Pierre Louis-Calixte joined the Comédie-Française in 2006 and was named 524th member in 2013. He made his debut in the role of Cléante in "Tartuffe" by Molière, directed by Marcel Bozonnet. He then played in many plays of the classical repertoire: "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand and "Lucrèce Borgia" by Victor Hugo by Denis Podalydès, "L'Avare" by Molière by Catherine Hiegel, "Le Banquet" by Plato by Jacques Vincey, "Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard" by Marivaux by Galin Stoev, "Roméo et Juliette" by Shakespeare by Éric Ruf, "Phèdre" by Sénèque by Louise Vignaud. He also acted for Jean-Pierre Vincent in Alfred Jarry's "Ubu roi", Labiche's "La Dame aux jambes d'azur" and Molière's "Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre" ; for Jacques Lassalle in Ödön von Horvàth's "Figaro divorce" ; for Arnaud Desplechin in Strindberg's "Père".
In the contemporary repertoire, Michel Vinaver distributes him in his play "L'Ordinaire", Fausto Paravidino in "La Maladie de la famille" M. and Pascal Rambert in "Une vie". He plays Louis in "Juste la fin du monde" by Jean-Luc Lagarce directed by Michel Raskine (Molière 2008 for the public theater show). Alain Françon directed him in "La Mer" by Edward Bond, Cédric Gourmelon in "Haute surveillance" by Jean Genet, Marc Lainé in "Construire un feu" by Jack London and Éric Ruf in "La Vie de Galilée" by Brecht.
In 2017, he presented his first one-man show, "Le Bruiteur" by Christine Montalbetti, who directed him in 2019 in "La Conférence des objets".
He turns to the cinema under the direction of Alain Guiraudie ("Ce vieux rêve qui bouge" and "Voici venu le temps"), François Ozon ("Le Refuge") and Patrick Mille ("Mauvaise fille").
Pierre Louis-Calixte at the Comédie-Française in 2021-2022 :
- Seul-en-scène "Molière-Matériau(x)" by Pierre Louis-Calixte (STUDIO, 6 > 24 Apr)
- "Le Crépuscule des singes" by Alison Cosson and Louise Vignaud by Louise Vignaud (Vx-COLOMBIER, June 1 > July 18)
At the table in public
- "Le Sicilien ou l'Amour peintre" by Molière by Nicolas Lormeau (STUDIO March 7, ONLINE March 26)