Antoine de Caunes
- Category : TV Host
- Type : PE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (22)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Planning 4
Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953 in Paris, France) is a television presenter, actor, writer and film director. He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.
He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).
His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.
De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo". He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4. He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies, which he claimed to be "a French lollipop, on a very British stick".
He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.
He has been a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Soirées de l'humour — Solidarité sida.