Samuel Benchetrit Biography: Age, Net Worth, Books, Instagram, Height, Siblings, Parents, Movies

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye January 30, 2024

Samuel Benchetrit is a French writer, actor, director, and scenarist who has created several novels and films with his autobiographical and humorous style.

He is also known for his personal life, which includes his marriage to Vanessa Paradis, his tragic loss of his first wife, Marie Trintignant, and his mixed ethnic background.


  • Full name: Samuel Benchetrit
  • Date of birth: June 26, 1973
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Champigny-sur-Marne, France
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Writer, actor, director and scenarist
  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Parents: Albert Benchetrit (father) and Nicole Benchetrit (mother)
  • Siblings: None
  • Spouse: Vanessa Paradis (m. 2018), Marie Trintignant (m. 1998, d. 2003)
  • Children: Jules Benchetrit (son, born in 1998), Saül Benchetrit (son, born in 2005)
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $10 million

Early Life & Education

Samuel Benchetrit, currently 50, was born on June 26, 1973, in Champigny-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris, France.

He is the only child of Albert and Nicole Benchetrit, who were both immigrants from Morocco. His father was of Romani and Sephardic Jewish descent, while his mother was of Ashkenazi Jewish origin.

Samuel grew up in a poor and multicultural neighborhood, where he developed his interest in literature, cinema, and music. He attended a local school but dropped out at 15 to pursue his artistic career.

He started writing his first novel, Récit d’un branleur, at 17 and published it in 1994. He also worked as a journalist, a photographer, and a radio host.

Personal Life

Samuel Benchetrit has been married twice and has two sons. His first wife was Marie Trintignant, a famous French actress and the daughter of actor Jean-Louis Trintignant. They met in 1996 on the film Ponette set and married in 1998. They had a son, Jules, born in the same year.

Their marriage was happy and harmonious until a tragic event occurred in 2003. Marie was killed by her secret lover, Bertrand Cantat, the lead singer of the rock band Noir Désir, who beat her to death in a hotel room in Vilnius, Lithuania. Samuel was devastated by the loss of his wife and wrote a book, Le Cœur en dehors, in 2005 as a tribute to her.

He also raised his son, Jules, who followed in his parent’s footsteps and became an actor. Samuel’s second wife is Vanessa Paradis, a famous French singer and actress and the ex-partner of American actor Johnny Depp.

They met in 2016 on the set of the film Chien, which Samuel directed and Vanessa starred in. They fell in love and married in 2018 in a small ceremony in Saint-Siméon, France.

They have a son, Saül, born in 2005, from Samuel’s previous relationship with actress Anna Mouglalis. Samuel and Vanessa are still happily married and live in Paris.


Samuel Benchetrit has a prolific and versatile career as a writer, actor, director and scenarist. He has written several novels, such as Récit d’un branleur (1994), Les Chroniques de l’asphalte (2005-2007), Le Cœur en dehors (2005), Chien (2015) and La Nuit avec ma femme (2019).

His novels are often inspired by his own life experiences and feature characters who are outsiders, misfits, and dreamers. His novels have been translated into several languages and have received critical acclaim and awards.

He has also directed several films, such as Janis et John (2003), J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster (2007), Asphalte (2015) and Chien (2017). His films are also based on his novels or personal stories and have a quirky and humorous tone.

He often casts his friends, family, or lovers in his films, such as Marie Trintignant, Vanessa Paradis, Anna Mouglalis, Jules Benchetrit, and Isabelle Huppert. His films have been screened at various film festivals and have won prizes and nominations.

He has also acted in some films, such as Backstage (2005), Les Gazelles (2014), and Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction (2017).

He usually plays minor or supporting roles and sometimes appears as a cameo in his films. He has also appeared in some TV shows, such as Les Invincibles (2009-2010) and Dix pour cent (2018).

Net Worth

Samuel Benchetrit has an estimated net worth of $10 million. He has earned his wealth from his successful career as a writer, actor, director, and scenarist.

He has also received royalties from his books and films and has endorsed some brands and products.


Samuel Benchetrit has faced some minor controversies, such as:

  • In 2018, a French journalist accused him of plagiarism, claiming that Samuel’s novel, La Nuit avec ma femme, was copied from his article, La Nuit avec mon ex, published in 2016. Samuel denied the accusation and said that his novel was based on his own experience and that he had never read the article.
  • In 2019, he was criticized by some animal rights activists, who claimed that his film, Chien, was cruel and abusive to the dog that starred in it. Samuel defended his film and said that the dog was treated well and that the film was a satire and a metaphor for the human condition.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: N/A
  • Twitter handle: N/A


  • Janis et John
  • Backstage
  • J’ai toujours rêvé d’être un gangster
  • Les Invincibles
  • Chez Gino
  • Les Gazelles
  • Asphalte
  • Chien
  • Chacun sa vie et son intime conviction
  • Dix pour cent


  • Récit d’un branleur
  • Les Chroniques de l’asphalte
  • Le Cœur en dehors
  • Chien
  • La Nuit avec ma femme

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