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Jean Rochefort

Highest Rated:   100% The Hairdresser's Husband (1992)
Lowest Rated:   17% Fanfan La Tulipe (2003)
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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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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
  • Pops
$0.3M 2016
No Score Yet Floride
  • Actor
2015
70% Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart
  • Méliès (French voice cast)
2014
69% 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 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 Grandison
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Il est minuit, Paris s'éveille
  • Actor
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
17% Fanfan La Tulipe
  • Narator
2003
No Score Yet Blanche
  • Cardinal Mazarin
2002
86% 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
78% Ridicule
  • Marquis de Bellagarde
1996
No Score Yet The Grand Dukes (Les Grands ducs)
  • Eddie Carpentier
1996
No Score Yet Palace
  • Thomas
1995
26% 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
100% The Hairdresser's Husband
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet L'atlantide
  • Actor
1992
75% 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
67% 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
88% 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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