Jacques Perrin has acted in more than 80 films, in Italy with directors including Valerio Zurlini, Mauro Bolognini, and Vittorio De Seta; and in France with names like Costa-Gavras, Jacques Demy, and Pierre Schoendoerffer.
In 1968, at the age of 27, he produced the film Z by Costa-Gavras, which won two Oscars. This was followed by two other films from the same director, State of Siege and Section Spéciale. Jacques Perrin also produced Black and White in Color by Jean-Jacques Annaud, which also won an Oscar. His company has produced around 30 films.
In 1989, he discovered the natural world when he produced The Monkey Folk with director Gérard Vienne. He then produced several films about nature and the animal kingdom including Microcosmos by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérenou in 1996, and Winged Migration in collaboration with Jacques Cluzaud and Michel Debats the following year.
In 1999, he produced Himalaya by Éric Valli, and then went on to produce two films by Christophe Barratier, The Chorus and Faubourg 36. In 2003, he began producing and codirecting Oceans, the shoot for which lasted five years, and which won a César award for Best Documentary. In 2010, he co-directed L’Empire Du Milieu Du Sud along with Eric Deroo.