Death of Jean-Paul Belmondo, hero of Pierrot le fou and du Magnifique

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died this Monday, September 6 at the age of 88. Known for his stunt adventure comedies, he was also one of the faces of the New Wave.

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The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died this Monday, September 6 at the age of 88. Césarised for his role of Itinerary of a Spoiled Child in 1989, hero of the first films of Jean-Luc Godard, he was also known for his great successes at the French box office with crime and action films like L’As des aces, Le Professionnel or Le Marginal.

Beginnings at the Conservatory

Coming from a family of artists (his father was a famous sculptor and his mother a painter), he thought of making a sporting career then turned to comedy and entered the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in 1951. He rubbed shoulders there. notably Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bruno Cremer, Jean Rochefort and Claude Rich and appears for the first time in On foot, on horseback and in carriage (1957) by Maurice Delbez. Sois belle et tais-toi (Marc Allegret) and Les Tricheurs (Marcel Carné) followed in 1958.

Between Godard and Verneuil

His first important role was entrusted to him by Claude Sautet in Class all risks and the revelation was born especially with A bout de souffle by Jean-Luc Godard in 1959. From then on, he revealed himself to be a multifaceted actor and held various roles, directed by the greatest directors. In 1961 he was Léon Morin, priest for Jean-Pierre Melville, then he played in Un singe en hiver by Henri Verneuil alongside Jean Gabin.

Stuntman, king of action and counter-employment

In addition, he made a series of successful films such as L ‘Homme de Rio by Philippe de Broca (1964), The tribulations of a Chinese in China (1965), La Sirène du Mississippi by François Truffaut (1969), Borsalino by Jacques Deray (1970) or Le Magnifique (1973). He even plays unexpected roles as in Pierrot le Fou by Godard in 1965 or counter-uses such as Stavisky for Alain Resnais in 1974. He performs all the stunts in his films, notably in Peur sur la ville d ‘Henri verneuil and multiplied at the turn of the 80s the triumphs at the box office, with Georges Lautner for Flic ou voyou or the professional or with Gerard Oury for The Ace of Aces in 1982.

The return to the theater and a Caesar

Claude Lelouch offers him emblematic roles with Les Misérables in 1995 and Itinerary of a spoiled child which earned him the César for Best Actor in 1989, a prize that the actor will not seek. He does not abandon the action or his former partners: we find him with Alain Delon in 1998 in Une chance sur deux by Patrice Leconte even if the success is less there than in the theater where the actor meets a real triumph. The one nicknamed “Bebel” goes back on the boards in 1987 for Kean (which earned him the Brigadier award) then Cyrano de Bergerac and several pieces by Feydeau.

These theatrical performances did not prevent him from responding to Bertrand Blier’s call and participating in Actors in 2000. Almost a decade later, Jean-Paul Belmondo made his comeback in cinema, alongside Francis Huster who also directs the film, in A man and his dog (2009), drama in which he plays a man who finds himself in the street overnight alone with his dog.

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