He brought a new category to cinema, a superhero in civilian clothes.
BRATISLAVA. The legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died at the age of 88.
The AFP agency informed about it on Monday, referring to its legal representative.
“He has been very tired for some time. He died heavily,” according to France Info Belmond’s lawyer Michel Godest, according to the France Info news website.
He broke into French cinema like a hurricane
The actor, also nicknamed Bébel, was considered one of the last living greats of French cinema, its New Wave in the 1950s and 1960s.
He broke into French cinema like a hurricane, canceling everything that was valid in it until then.
Not only did he open the golden chapter of the new wave and modern, original film, he also put the ideal of beauty on its feet.
During the 60 years of his career, Belmondo has appeared in 80 films and left behind unforgettable roles, not only acting but also stunts.
He came to prominence with the character of a young dude in the film At the End with the Breath, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. He gradually began to assert himself in more commercial projects, especially in action movies or comedies, such as The Man from Rio (1965). Until the mid-1980s, Belmondo played mainly action, often cynical heroes.
During his film career, he has collaborated with directors such as Claude Chabrol, Vittorio De Sica, Philippe de Broca, Claude Zidi and Francois Truffaut and others.
At a later age, he concentrated in theater and withdrew from public life after a stroke in 2001, but continued to receive a number of offers for filming.
In April 2007, Belmond was awarded the highest French state award, the Council of the Legion of Honor.
- He was born in 1933 near Paris.
- The star was made of him overnight by Jean-Luc Godard when he cast him in The End of the Breath.
- Since then, he has competed in popularity with Alain Delon, although he did not fulfill the ideal of a beautiful actor.
- He often played cops on the edge of the law, he didn’t need stuntmen even in adventure movies.
- In 2001, he suffered a stroke. In 2008, he first appeared in the film The Man and His Dog.