Eriq Ebouaney is a French film actor. He is best known for his portrayal as the Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba in the 2000 film Lumumba, as "Blacktie" in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale and as "Ice" in the 2008 action film Transporter 3 in which he starred opposite Jason Statham. Early Life Ebouaney was born in Angers, France the son of Cameroonian immigrants. As a child he never showed an interest in acting and was set on becoming a businessman. However, at the age of 30, he joined a theater company and then quit his job as a sales manager to become a professional actor. Career He made his film debut in 1996 in the Cédric Klapisch directed film Chacun cherche son chat. He landed a leading role in the 2000 film Lumumba in which he portrayed Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba. The film was shot in Beira, Mozambique. In 2002, he starred in Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale alongside Antonio Banderas. In 2004, he played the character of Jean Claude in Mark Bamford's debut feature Cape of Good Hope. In 2005 he starred in the award winning Ridley Scott picture, Kingdom of Heaven, in which he starred alongside Michael Sheen, Liam Neeson, Orlando Bloom, David Thewlis, Martin Hancock and Nathalie Cox. In 2006 he starred in 'Then Front Line'. In 2008, he played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed Australian film Disgrace featuring American actor John Malkovich, a small role in the Italian film Bianco e nero and later was cast as "Ice" in Transporter 3, featuring British actor Jason Statham. Notable people he has worked with include Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Brian De Palma, Eric Valli, Cédric Klapisch Antonio Banderas, Orlando Bloom, Raoul Peck and Yvan Attal. Ebouaney's next release is expected to be Les Zones turquoises and the French zombie film La Horde.