Alain Delon

Alain Delon

Highest Rated: 100% Mr. Klein (1976)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

Birthday: Nov 8, 1935

Birthplace: Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France

The magnetic Alain Delon was among the most prominent French actors of the postwar era; an exotically handsome performer, he sprung from offscreen rumor and scandal to emerge as a uniquely enigmatic and sinister talent. Born November 8, 1935, in Sceaux, France, Delon spent his formative years primarily in the care of foster parents. He later was sent away to a series of boarding schools, and at the age of 17, he joined the marines, serving as a parachutist in Indo-China. Upon his discharge, Delon returned to Marseilles and struck up a friendship with aspiring actor Jean-Claude Brialy, who invited him to attend the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. There Delon's delicate good looks won him a number of movie offers, including a rumored seven-year deal with David O. Selznick. In the end, he accepted a small role in the Edwige Feuillere film Quand la Femme S'en Mele, followed by an appearance in 1957's Sois Belle Et Tais-Toi.Delon's first lead role in a picture came opposite Romy Schneider, to whom he was later briefly engaged, in 1958's Christine. A handful of other supporting turns followed before he won the lead in Rene Clement's stylish 1960 thriller Plein Soleil, an international hit which cast him as a murderous American traveling abroad. In 1960, he appeared in Luchino Visconti's Rocco e i Suoi Fratelli. Under Visconti, he also reunited with Schneider on-stage in a production of 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. Next teaming again with Clement, Delon appeared in 1961's Che Gioia Vivere, followed by an appearance with Brigitte Bardot in Les Amours Celebres. Despite mixed critical regard for his work, Delon was a favorite among many of the era's most prominent filmmakers, and in 1962 he starred in Michelangelo Antonioni's brilliant L'Eclisse followed by a turn in Visconti's 1963 masterpiece Il Gattopardo. These many high-profile projects boosted Delon to international prominence, and his next project, 1963's Melodie En Sous-Sol, was a big-budget gangster tale co-starring Jean Gabin. With 1964's Les Felins, he turned to producing as well as performing, later establishing his own company, Adel Productions. With 1965's Once a Thief, Delon made his Hollywood debut, followed by The Lost Command, Texas Across the River, and Yellow Rolls-Royce. By 1967, however, he was back in France, appearing alongside wife Nathalie Delon in Jean-Pierre Melville's cult classic Le Samourai -- a role which defined the self-absorbed loner persona he continued to develop over subsequent performances -- and with Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle a year later. In 1969, Delon and his wife found themselves at the center of a massive scandal when their bodyguard was found shot to death, his body left in a garbage dump. The subsequent investigation into his killing threatened to implicate many of France's most prominent celebrities and politicians in a sordid web of murder, drugs, and sex. Many predicted the demise of Delon's career, but he spun the tabloid headlines to his favor. In the eyes of many filmgoers, his myriad portrayals of gangsters, killers, and sexual deviants suddenly took on new reality in light of the similar exploits he experienced in his offscreen life, and a notorious television interview in which he admitted to past homosexual liaisons -- as well as many other seamy adventures -- tantalized audiences even more. In the wake of the controversy, Delon starred in four consecutive gangster films -- Jean Herman's Jeff, Henri Verneuil's Le Clan des Siciliens, Jacques Deray's Borsalino (with Jean-Paul Belmondo), and Melville's Le Cercle Rouge -- all of them hugely successful with European audiences; Hollywood fame continued to elude him, however, and English-language efforts like 1973's Scorpio failed to attract audiences. Nevertheless, Delon spent much of the 1970s as France's biggest star. Monsieur Klein (1976), directed by Joseph Losey, won a Cesar as the year's best picture, and thrillers like 1977's Comme Un Boomerang and Le Gang continued t


Highest Rated Movies



80% A Cop (Un Flic) Coleman $48.5K 2013
91% You and the Night (Les rencontres d'après minuit) Actor 2013
No Score Yet S novym godom, mamy! Actor 2012
No Score Yet Final cut - Hölgyeim és uraim Actor 2012
No Score Yet Le chemin des écoliers Actor 2011
No Score Yet Les granges brûlées (The Burned Barns) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Death Instinct (L' Instinct de Mort) Actor 2008
No Score Yet Asterix at the Olympic Games (Asterix aux jeux olympiques) Jules Cesar (Julius Caesar) 2008
No Score Yet Borsalino Roch Siffredi Producer 2005
No Score Yet Les Acteurs (Actors ) Himself 2000
No Score Yet Luchino Visconti: A Portrait Actor 1999
No Score Yet Une chance sur deux (Half a Chance) Julien Vignal 1998
No Score Yet Le Jour et la nuit Alexandre 1997
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Actor for a Day 1995
No Score Yet Le Retour de Casanova (Casanova's Return) Casanova 1992
67% Nouvelle vague (New Wave) Roger Lennox / Richard Lennox 1990
No Score Yet Let Sleeping Cops Lie Screenwriter Eugene Grindel 1988
No Score Yet Le Passage (The Passage) Jean Diaz 1986
No Score Yet Swann in Love Baron de Charlus 1984
No Score Yet Notre histoire (Our Story)(Separate Rooms) Robert Avranche Producer 1984
No Score Yet Honor Among Thieves Actor 1982
No Score Yet Pour la peau d'un flic Choucas Director 1981
No Score Yet Trois Hommes à Abattre (Three Men to Destroy) (Three Men to Kill) Michel Gerfaut 1980
14% The Concorde... Airport '79 Capt. Paul Metrand 1979
No Score Yet Hurried Man Pierre 1977
No Score Yet Mort d'un Pourri Xavier Marechal Producer 1977
No Score Yet Le Gang Robert 1977
No Score Yet Monsieur Klein Actor 1976
No Score Yet Comme Un Boomerang Screenwriter Jacques Batkin 1976
100% Mr. Klein Robert Klein Producer 1976
No Score Yet Le gitan (The Gypsy) Hugo Sennart, Le Gitan 1975
No Score Yet Zorro Zorro 1975
No Score Yet Flic Story Producer Roger Borniche 1975
No Score Yet Borsalino and Co Roch Siffredi Producer 1974
No Score Yet Creezy Julien Dandieu 1974
No Score Yet Icy Breasts Marc Rilson Producer 1974
No Score Yet Alain Delon: Two Men in Town Actor 1973
No Score Yet Deux Hommes dans la Ville (Two Against the Law) (Two Men in Town) Gino Strabliggi 1973
No Score Yet Tony Arzenta Tony 1973
67% The Scorpio File Scorpio 1973
No Score Yet The Assassination of Trotsky Frank Jackson 1972
No Score Yet Red Sun Gotch 'Gauche' Kink 1972
No Score Yet La Prima notte di quiete (Indian Summer) (The Professor) Daniele Dominici 1972
No Score Yet La veuve Couderc (The Widow Couderc) Jean 1971
95% Le Cercle Rouge Corey 1970
100% The Swimming Pool (La Piscine) Jean-Paul 1969
90% Spirits of the Dead William Wilson and his double 1969
No Score Yet The Sicilian Clan Roger Sartet 1969
No Score Yet Adieu l'ami (Farewell, Friend) (Honor Among Thieves) Dino 1968
33% Naked Under Leather (The Girl on a Motorcycle) Daniel 1968
No Score Yet Diaboliquement Votre Pierre 1967
No Score Yet The Last Adventure Manu 1967
100% Le samouraï Jef Costello 1967
No Score Yet Texas Across the River Don Andrea Baldasar 1966
No Score Yet Lost Command Captain Phillipe Esclavier 1966
71% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?) Jacques Chaban-Delmas 1966
No Score Yet Once a Thief Eddie Pedak 1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce Stefano 1965
No Score Yet Have I the Right to Kill? Producer Thomas Vlassenroot 1964
No Score Yet Les Felins Marc 1964
33% Joy House (Les Félins) Actor 1964
No Score Yet Tulipe Noire Julien de Saint Preux Guillaume de Saint Preux 1964
98% The Leopard Tancredi Falconeri 1963
No Score Yet Any Number Can Win Francis Verlot 1963
No Score Yet Carambolages (Carom Shots) Actor 1963
90% L'Eclisse Piero 1962
No Score Yet The Devil and the Ten Commandments Pierre Messager [Episode 6] 1962
95% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) Tom Ripley 1961
89% Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco e i suoi fratelli) Rocco Parondi 1961
No Score Yet Quelle Joie De Vivre Ulisse Cecconato 1961
No Score Yet Che Gioia Vivere Actor 1961
No Score Yet Sois belle et tais-toi (Be Beautiful But Shut Up) Loulou 1958


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