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Jean-Paul Belmondo



Once a key face of the French New Wave and one of the most famous actors in French film, Jean-Paul Belmondo strayed from his art cinema roots and morphed into a prolific, bankable action comedy star from the mid-'60s on.

The son of a sculptor, Belmondo spent his high school years as more of an athlete than an artist, but he decided that acting was his calling by the time he reached his twenties. After studying drama at the Paris Conservatory, Belmondo began his professional career on stage and spent the first half of the 1950s doing theater. Making his film debut in 1957, Belmondo appeared in several films in the last years of the decade, including Les Copains du Dimanche (1957) and his first co-starring role with fellow French idol Alain Delon in Sois Belle et Tais-Toi (1957).

Belmondo broke through as an international star, however, in Jean-Luc Godard's landmark first film, revisionist noir Breathless (1959). With his inimitable, roguish smile, unique looks, and witty yet moody performance as doomed thief/Humphrey Bogart fan Michel Poiccard, Belmondo perfectly embodied the cool youthful rebellion guiding Godard's trailblazing cinematic style, rendering Belmondo the Gallic James Dean and heir apparent to Michel Simon and Jean Gabin. Belmondo further displayed his range in Vittorio De Sica's Two Women (1960) opposite Oscar-winner Sophia Loren and as the titular priest in Jean-Pierre Melville's dark World War II drama Leon Morin, Prêtre (1961). After reteaming with Godard for the musical comedy A Woman Is a Woman (1961), Belmondo worked again with Melville in one of the director's signature gangster noir homages, playing the apparently double-crossing con Silien in Le Doulos (1962). Belmondo reached another artistic peak when he collaborated with Godard for the third time in the creatively complex romance-musical-gangster-road movie Pierrot le Fou (1965), but by then his career had already begun to move in another direction.

Though Belmondo's gallery of early-'60s charismatic losers like Silien and Poiccard made him synonymous with the new French cinema's edginess, he also established himself as a potentially more commercial star in such films as the period swashbuckler Cartouche (1962) and the romantic comedy La Chasse a L'Homme (1964). After his starring turn in Philippe De Broca's action comedy L'Homme de Rio (1964), Belmondo mostly focussed his energies on similar work, often produced by his own company, Cerito. Returning to his athletic roots, Belmondo became renowned for doing his own stunts as well as for his charming screen presence in such movies as the hit Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1965), the comic caper The Brain (1968), and his second film with Delon, Borsalino (1970). Along with the action and comedy vehicles in the late '60s and early '70s, Belmondo appeared in René Clement's all-star World War II epic Is Paris Burning? (1966), the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), and Claude Lelouch's romance Love Is a Funny Thing (1969). Belmondo also continued his association with the remnants of the New Wave, starring in François Truffaut's l'amour fou drama Mississippi Mermaid (1969) opposite Catherine Deneuve, Louis Malle's crime comedy Le Voleur (1967), and Claude Chabrol's black comedy Docteur Popaul (1972).

As the 1970s and 1980s went on, Belmondo churned out more and more genre entertainment, including De Broca's James Bond parody Le Magnifique (1973), and crime thrillers Peur Sur la Ville (1975) and L'Alpagueur (1976). In 1978, Belmondo began a profitable association with director Georges Lautner in the hit comedy thriller Flic ou Voyou, continuing through Le Guignolo (1979), Le Professionnel (1981), the comedy Joyeuses Paques! (1984), and the mystery L'Inconnu dans la Maison (1992). In 1987, Belmondo returned to the stage for the first time since 1959 and divided his efforts between theater and film from then on. Though he continued his genre work in the 1990s wit

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Un nommé La Rocca (A Man Named Rocca)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (Up to His Ears)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Les copains du dimanche
  • Actor
2011
66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Man and His Dog (Un homme et son chien)
  • Charles
2008
No Score Yet Banana Peel
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Borsalino
  • Francois Capella
2005
No Score Yet Les Acteurs (Actors )
  • Himself
2000
No Score Yet Peut-être (Maybe)
  • Ako
1999
No Score Yet Leda (ADouble Tour)
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Une chance sur deux (Half a Chance)
  • Leo Brassac
1998
80% Les Misérables
  • Henri Fortin/Roger Fortin/Jean Valjean
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Actor for a Day
1995
No Score Yet L'Inconnu dans la maison (Stranger in the House)
  • Loursat
1992
No Score Yet Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté
  • Producer
  • Sam Lion
1988
No Score Yet Hold-Up
  • Grimm
1985
No Score Yet Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter)
  • Stephane Margelle
1984
No Score Yet L'as des as (Ace of Aces)
  • Joe Cavalier
1982
No Score Yet Le Professionnel (The Professional)
  • Joss Beaumont
1981
No Score Yet High Heels
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet L'Animal (Stuntwoman)
  • Michel Gauché Bruno Ferrari
1977
No Score Yet Le Corps de mon ennemi (Body of My Enemy)
  • Francois Leclerc
1976
No Score Yet L'Alpagueur (Hunter Will Get You)
  • L'Alpagueur
1976
No Score Yet Peur sur la ville
  • Jean Letellier
1975
86% Stavisky...
  • Serge Alexandre Stavisky
1974
No Score Yet Le Magnifique
  • Bob Saint-Clair / François Merlin
1973
No Score Yet La Scoumoune (Hit Man)(Mafia Warfare)(The Pariah)
  • Roberto Borgo
1972
No Score Yet Le Casse (The Burglars)
  • Azad
1972
No Score Yet Les mariés de l'an II
  • Nicolas Philibert
1971
No Score Yet Le Cerveau (The Brain)
  • Arthur Lespinasse
1969
87% Mississippi Mermaid (La Sirène du Mississipi)
  • Louis Mahé
1969
85% Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete)
  • Ferdinand Griffon (Pierrot)
1969
No Score Yet The Thief of Paris (Le Voleur)
  • Georges Randal
1967
29% Casino Royale
  • French Legionnaire
1967
80% Is Paris Burning? (Paris brûle-t-il?)
  • Morandat
1966
No Score Yet Les Tribulations D'Un Chinois En Chine
  • Arthur Lempereur
1965
87% A Woman Is a Woman (Une femme est une femme)
  • Alfred Lubitsch
1964
No Score Yet Cartouche
  • Louis-Dominique Bourguignon/Cartouche
1964
89% That Man from Rio
  • Pvt. Adrien Dufourquet
1964
No Score Yet Week-end à Zuydcoote (Weekend at Dunkirk)
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Échappement libre (Backfire)
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet L'aîné des Ferchaux (Magnet of Doom)
  • Michel Maudet
1963
No Score Yet Sweet and Sour (Dragees au poivre) (The Sweet and the Bitter)
  • Raymond
1963
No Score Yet Banana Peel
  • Michel Thibault
1963
No Score Yet Un singe en hiver (A Monkey in Winter) (It's Hot in Hell)
  • Gabriel Fouquet
1962
95% Le Doulos
  • Silien
1962
95% Léon Morin, Prêtre (Leon Morin, Priest) (The Forgiven Sinner)
  • Leon Morin
1961
No Score Yet La Viaccia (The Lovermakers)
  • Amerigo Casamonti
1961
100% Two Women (La Ciociara)
  • Michele
1961
97% Breathless
  • Michel Poiccard/Laszlo Kovacs
1961
No Score Yet A Man Named Rocca
  • La Rocca
1961
No Score Yet Charlotte et son Jules (Charlotte and Her Boyfriend)
  • Jean the Old Boyfriend
1960
No Score Yet Moderato Cantabile
  • Chauvin
1960
100% The Big Risk (Classe tous risques)
  • Stark
1960
No Score Yet Love and the Frenchwoman
  • Gil [Adultery]
1960
No Score Yet À double tour (Web of Passion) (Leda)
  • Laszlo Kovacs
1959
No Score Yet Sois belle et tais-toi (Be Beautiful But Shut Up)
  • Pierrot
1958
No Score Yet The Cheaters
  • Lou
1958
No Score Yet Secret Agent
  • Actor

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