Death of Jean-Louis Trintignant: the immense French actor died at the age of 91 – Actus…

Jean-Louis Trintignant died on June 17 at the age of 91. Caesarized actor with 140 roles, he had recently shot for Michael Haneke “Love” and “Happy End”. He will remain the man of “A man and a woman” by Claude Lelouch.

Death of jean-louis trintignant: the immense french actor died at the age of 91 - actus...

Jean-Louis Trintignant died this 91 years. Theater actor, director of two feature films, and actor of 140 films, he had obtained a Silver Bear for best actor for The man who lies (1968), an interpretation prize at Cannes for Z (1969) and a César for Love (2012).


Nephew of racing driver Maurice Trintignant, who passed on his passion to him, the young Jean-Louis Trintignant studied law at the faculty of Aix-en-Provence. But on his 19th birthday he attends a theatrical performance that will change his life: The Miserstaged by Charles Dulin, whose courses he decided to follow in Paris. Young first who started on the boards in 1951 with the play To each according to his hungerthe actor is quickly noticed, thanks in particular to Limited Liabilitya text by Robert Hosseinin 1953. At this time, he made a brief stint at IDHEC, with the ambition of becoming a director – a desire that would not materialize until twenty years later.


After a few appearances, the first film in which Jean-Louis Trintignant appears is If all the guys in the world in 1955, but the one who reveals it is And God created the woman by Vadim, drama with the scent of scandal which launches the myth Hinny. Very marked by his two years of military service in Algeria, he found one of his first major roles in 1961 in The Battle on the Islandcommitted work of Rider. His taste for ambiguous characters will also make him shoot several great political films, Z of Costa Gavras (his composition as a judge earned him the Interpretation Prize at Cannes in 1969) at Conformist of Bertolucci – one of the peaks of his Italian career, which also counts The Braggart of Risi Where The terrace of School.


It’s with A man and a woman of Lelouch that the actor reached star status in 1966. Catholic tempted by infidelity in My night at Maud’s of Rohmerseducer manipulated in The Rabid Sheep of Devillea real estate agent suspected of murder in Long live Sunday! of Truffault, he navigates between the most innovative auteur cinema and films for the general public. Interpretation Prize in Berlin for The man who lies of Robbe Grilletthe actor takes part in the thriller cop story of Deray and at Have fun of Girodin which he embodies a President of the Republic inspired by François Mitterrand. With his nuanced acting, with a depth tinged with irony, Jean-Louis Trintignant, whose velvety voice is a precious asset, stands out as one of the greatest actors of his generation.

During the second half of the 1980s, Trintignant shot dramas for Régis Wargnier (La Femme de ma vie), Jacques Doillon (For a yes or for a no) or André Téchiné (Rendez-vous). However, he returned to thrillers for Pierre Granier-Deferre (The Man with the Silver Eyes), but also Jacques Audiard (Watch the Men Fall).


married to Stephane Audran then to Nadine MarquandJean-Louis Trintignant made several films under the direction of the latter, most often alongside their daughter Married, who will also become his privileged partner in the theater. Since the end of the 80s, the actor, retired in his house in Uzès, says he is tired of the cinema, and is becoming rarer on the screens. His performances as a misanthropic old man in Three colors – Red of Kieslowski Where Those who love me will take the train of Chereauare all the more troubling.

Nevertheless, he agreed to shoot in 2002 with his daughter, in Janis and Johnthe first feature film by Samuel Benchetrit. Ten years later, Michael Haneke offers him the main role of his new film, Love. In this drama awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the actor plays Georges, an octogenarian whose wife has just had a stroke and finds herself paralyzed. 5 years later, the actor finds the Austrian filmmaker to shoot happy endingiinstant from a European bourgeois family.

In 2019, he had found Claude Lelouch and Anouk Aimée for The best years of a lifethe third installment in the A Man and a Woman series.

“Happy End”, Jean-Louis Trintignant’s latest film:

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