Jean Rochefort

Jean Rochefort

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul) (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 14% Fanfan La Tulipe (2003)
  • Birthday: Apr 29, 1930
  • Birthplace: Dinan, Cote-d'Armor, France
  • Though he is not quite the international icon that his erstwhile acting classmate and occasional co-star Jean-Paul Belmondo is, Jean Rochefort has been a fixture of French cinema for over four decades.Deciding to pursue acting in his youth, Rochefort studied drama at the Paris Conservatory in the late '40s, at the same time as Belmondo. After military service briefly interrupted his career, Rochefort returned to Paris and began performing in cabaret and plays in the mid-'50s. He moved to films in the late '50s and early '60s, with small parts in several movies, including Une Balle dans le Canon (1958) and the swashbuckler Captain Fracasse (1960). As the 1960s went on, Rochefort became famous for his work in crowd-pleasing genre movies. Among his prolific output, Rochefort played second banana to Belmondo in the adventure yarn Cartouche (1962), starred in the gangster movie Symphonie Pour un Massacre (1963) and the popular costume romance series Angelique Marquise des Anges (1964), Angelique et le Roi (1965), and Merveilleuse Angelique (1965). Working often with regular Belmondo director Philippe De Broca, Rochefort appeared in the pair's adventure hit Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1965) and top-lined De Broca's crime comedy (sans Belmondo), Le Diable par la Queue (1968). Despite appearing in such films as the Brigitte Bardot romance Two Weeks in September (1967) and the murder mystery Le Temps de Mourir (1970), by the early '70s, Rochefort was best known as a comedy star. His comic reputation was sealed internationally by frequent Rochefort director Yves Robert's The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe (1972). An espionage farce featuring Rochefort as an enemy spy boss, The Tall Blond Man became a major hit and spawned a sequel (also starring Rochefort), The Return of the Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe (1974).By the time the sequel appeared, however, Rochefort had begun to branch out beyond his signature frothy fare. He played the lead role in the superior spy docudrama Le Complot (1973) and appeared in international art cinema titan Luis Buñuel's black comedy The Phantom of Liberty (1974); Rochefort would get to act for one of the original French New Wave auteurs in Claude Chabrol's thriller Dirty Hands (1975). His work with another critic-turned-director, Bertrand Tavernier, brought Rochefort even more esteem. After playing one of the leads in Tavernier's atmospheric debut The Clockmaker (1974), he earned the Best Supporting Actor César for Tavernier's excellent historical biopic Que la Fête Commence (1975). Balancing his new artistic success with his customary lighter work, Rochefort scored another popular hit as a married man with adultery on his mind in the romantic comedy Pardon Mon Affaire (1976) and the sequel We Will All Meet in Paradise (1977). He won the Best Actor César that same year, though, for his performance as a dying Algerian War naval captain in the metaphysical drama Le Crabe-Tambour (1977). Briefly dipping into American-European co-productions, Rochefort next appeared in the black comedy Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978), and American Graffiti (1973) scribes Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz's ensemble comedy French Postcards (1979).Still at the top of his game in the early '80s, Rochefort starred as an unwitting stooge in the assassination thriller Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed (1981) and played Simone Signoret's paraplegic brother in the astute, well-acted romantic drama Chère Inconnue (1981). His performance in the spy movie L'Indiscretion (1982) earned him the Best Actor prize at the Montreal Film Festival. Though his film output lessened in the mid-'80s, his career was reinvigorated when he began working with director Patrice Leconte in his Tandem (1987). The two scored international successes with The Hairdresser's Husband (1990), starring Rochefort as a man living out a childhood obsession, and the Oscar-nominated oddball period comedy Ridicule (1996). He also earned notice fo

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96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) Pops $0.3M 2016
No Score Yet Floride Actor 2015
77% Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Méliès (French voice cast) 2014
70% El artista y la modelo (The Artist and the Model) Marc Cros $48.6K 2013
No Score Yet De Gaulle intime (De Gaulle: My Father) Actor 2013
No Score Yet Grandison Actor 2012
No Score Yet Il est minuit, Paris s'éveille Actor 2012
No Score Yet Le temps de mourir (The Time to Die) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia Lucius Fouinus 2012
No Score Yet Salut L'artiste Actor 2011
No Score Yet Cavaliers seuls Director 2010
No Score Yet Agathe Cléry Louis Guinard - le PDG 2008
No Score Yet I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster Actor 2008
52% Mr. Bean's Holiday Maître D' $32.6M 2007
No Score Yet J'ai toujours reve d'etre un gangster (I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Désaccord parfait (Twice Upon a Time) Actor 2006
94% Ne le Dis à Personne (Tell No One) Gilbert Neuville $6.1M 2006
No Score Yet Akoibon Actor 2005
67% L'Enfer Louis 2005
No Score Yet Frankenstein Old Blind Man 2004
No Score Yet Let Joy Reign Supreme Actor 2004
No Score Yet RRRrrrr!!! Actor 2004
No Score Yet Les Clefs de bagnole (The Car Keys) Actor 2003
92% The Man on the Train (L'homme du train) Manesquier $2.4M 2003
94% Lost in La Mancha Actor 2003
14% Fanfan La Tulipe Narator 2003
No Score Yet Blanche Cardinal Mazarin 2002
85% The Closet (Le Placard) Kopel, the director $4.6M 2001
No Score Yet Rembrandt Nicolaes Tulp 1999
No Score Yet El viento se llevó lo qué (Wind with the Gone) Edgar Wexley 1998
No Score Yet In and Out of Fashion Actor 1998
80% Ridicule Marquis de Bellagarde 1996
No Score Yet The Grand Dukes (Les Grands ducs) Eddie Carpentier 1996
No Score Yet Palace Thomas 1995
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Inspector Tantpis, Prefect of Police 1994
No Score Yet Tombés du ciel (Lost in Transit) Actor 1994
No Score Yet Cible émouvante (Wild Target) Victor Meynard 1993
No Score Yet Tango Bellhop 1993
91% The Hairdresser's Husband Actor 1992
No Score Yet L'atlantide Actor 1992
67% Le Château de Ma Mère (My Mother's Castle) Actor 1990
No Score Yet Tandem Mortez 1987
No Score Yet Frankenstein 90 Victor Frankenstein 1984
No Score Yet Birgitt Haas Must Be Killed Actor 1983
No Score Yet Il Faut Tuer Birgit Haas (Birgit Haas Must Be Killed) Bauman 1981
No Score Yet I Sent a Letter to My Love (Chère inconnue) Gilles 1981
No Score Yet I Hate Blondes Donald Rose 1981
No Score Yet French Postcards Mon Tessier 1979
No Score Yet Le cavaleur Edouard Choiseul 1979
70% Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (Too Many Chefs) Grandvilliers 1978
No Score Yet Le Crabe Tambour Captain 1977
No Score Yet Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! Etienne 1977
No Score Yet Un éléphant ça trompe énormément (Pardon Mon Affaire) (An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive) Etienne 1976
No Score Yet Calmos (Cool, Calm and Collected) (Femmes fatales) Albert 1976
No Score Yet Vécés étaient fermés de l'interieur, Les Pichard 1976
No Score Yet Death Rite (Les magiciens) Actor 1976
No Score Yet Dirty Hands Legal 1975
No Score Yet Mean Frank and Crazy Tony Actor 1975
No Score Yet Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Colonel Louis, Marie, Alphonse Toulouse 1974
90% Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) M. Legendre 1974
100% The Clockmaker of St. Paul (L'horloger de Saint-Paul) Commissioner Guiboud 1974
No Score Yet Que la fête commence... (Let Joy Reign Supreme) Dubois 1974
No Score Yet Mio Dio Come Sono Caduta in Basso! (Till Marriage Do Us Part) (How Long Can You Fall?) Henry 1974
No Score Yet Escape from Death Row Louis Annunziata 1973
No Score Yet Le Grand Blond avec Une Chaussure Noire (The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe) Toulouse 1973
No Score Yet Salute to the Artist Clément Chamfort 1973
No Score Yet Le Complot Officer 1973
No Score Yet The Devil by the Tail (Le diable par la queue) Le comte Georges 1969
No Score Yet À coeur joie (Two Weeks in September) Philippe 1967
No Score Yet Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo? (Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?) Gregoire 1966
No Score Yet Les Tribulations D'Un Chinois En Chine Leon 1965
No Score Yet Angélique, marquise des anges Lawyer 1964
No Score Yet Cartouche La Taupe 1964
No Score Yet Symphonie pour un massacre (The Corrupt) Actor 1963
No Score Yet Man on the Train (L'homme du train) Actor

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80% The Count of Monte Cristo
1999
Fernand de Morcerf

QUOTES FROM Jean Rochefort CHARACTERS

Manesquier
Many people talk a lot of rubbish. I think we agree on that. As soon as they write it down, it becomes gospel truth.
Manesquier
I have always wanted to be a silent onlooker.