Birth Name: Timothée Hal Chalamet
He was born in Manhattan, to Nicole Flender, a real estate broker and dancer, and Marc Chalamet, a UNICEF editor. His mother, who is from New York, is Jewish, of Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish descent. His father, who is from Nîmes, France, is of French and English ancestry. He is the brother of actress Pauline Chalamet, a nephew of director Rodman Flender, and a grandson of screenwriter Harold Flender.
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 received significant critical acclaim, and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, Drama, and won many critics’ groups’ awards for Best Actor of the Year.
In 2018, he starred as Nic Sheff, who suffers from substance abuse problems, in the drama Beautiful Boy (2018). In 2019, he headlines the Woody Allen comedy A Rainy Day in New York (2019), with Selena Gomez, plays Henry V of England, King from 1413 to 1422, in the historical drama The King (2019), and embodies love interest Laurie in Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women (2019).
He was then announced as the main character Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, the adaptation of Frank Herbert’s saga novel. In 2021, the year of Dune‘s released, it was announced that the movie will receive a part two in two years time. The same year he also stared in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and in the movie Don’t Look Up alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo Di Caprio among others.
In the next few years, he’s set to star on the movie Bones & All and to play the young version of Willy Wonka in the awaited 2023 movie Wonka.