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, from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, and Timothée's paternal grandmother, Jean (Ashworth), moved from Ontario, 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 born in The Bronx, New York, both of them to Jewish emigrant parents.
Timothée's maternal uncle is director Rodman Flender. Timothée's maternal grandfather was writer and screenwriter Harold Flender.
Auditioned for the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016). He lost out to Tom Holland.
His name is properly pronounced Timo-TAY but he also accepts the English pronunciation Timothy, and nicknames Tim and Timmy. He chooses to go by Timothy because he doesn't like requiring all people to use the French version, as he finds that "pretentious" and "unrelatable".
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 almost fluently (he puts himself at 97% fluent, because he mistakes certain gendered nouns) 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 (2019), 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 2020, he has been in 3 films that were Oscar nominated for Best Picture: Call Me by Your Name (2017), Lady Bird (2017), and Little Women (2019).
Auditioned for the role of Patrick in Manchester by the Sea (2016). He lost out to Lucas Hedges.
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