Jean-Paul Belmondo

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Jean-Paul Belmondo
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Born Jean-Paul Charles Belmondo
(1933-04-09) 9 April 1933 (age 81)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Other names Bebel
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Elodie Constantin (1953–1965)
Natty Belmondo (2002–2008)
Awards Best Actor
1989 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté

Jean-Paul Belmondo (French: [ʒɑ̃pɔl bɛlmɔ̃do]; born 9 April 1933) is a French actor initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s.

Career[edit]

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, west of Paris, Belmondo did not perform well in school, but developed a passion for boxing and football. Belmondo made his amateur boxing debut on 10 May 1949 in Paris, France, when he knocked out Rene DesMarais in one round. Belmondo's boxing career was undefeated, but brief. He won three straight first round knockout victories from 1949 to 1950.[1] His breakthrough role was in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960), which made him a major figure in the French New Wave. Later he acted in Jean-Pierre Melville's philosophical movie Leon Morin, Priest (1961) and in Melville's film noir crime film The Fingerman (Le Doulos, 1963) and Godard again with Pierrot le fou (1965). With That Man From Rio (1965) he switched to commercial, mainstream productions, mainly comedies and action films but did appear in the title role of Alain Resnais' masterpiece Stavisky (1974), which some critics regard as Belmondo's finest performance. Until the mid-1980s, when he ceased to be one of France's biggest box-office stars, Belmondo's typical characters were either dashing adventurers or more cynical heroes. As he grew older, Belmondo preferred concentrating on his stage work, where he encountered success. He suffered a stroke in 2001 and had since been absent from the stage and the screen until 2009 when he appeared in Un homme et son chien (A man and his dog).

He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite, promoted Officier (Officer) in 1986 and promoted Commandeur (Commander) in 1994.[2]

He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur, promoted Officier (Officer) in 1991 and promoted Commandeur (Commander) in 2007.[3]

In 2010 the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards gave him a Career Achievement award.[4] Belmondo attended the ceremony and made appearances in the Los Angeles area.

Personal life[edit]

Belmondo's father, Paul Belmondo, was a sculptor who was born in Algeria of Italian descent.[5][6]

In 1953, Belmondo married Élodie Constantin, with whom he had three children: Patricia (1958), Florence (1960) and Paul (1963). Paul became a Formula One driver; his eldest daughter Patricia was killed in a fire in 1994. In 1966, due to a well-publicized affair between Belmondo and actress Ursula Andress, Belmondo and his wife divorced. He has six grandchildren, three from his daughter Florence - Annabelle, Christopher and Nicholas - and three from his son Paul - Alessandro, Victor and Giacomo.

In 1989, Belmondo met Nathalie Tardivel, who was 24 at the time; they officially married in 2002. On 13 August 2003, his fourth child, Stella Eva Angelina, was born. He was 70 at the time. In 2008, Belmondo and Tardivel divorced.

Gallery[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

  • Belmondo is saluted in a 1967 episode of the U.S. television sitcom Get Smart. In the episode "The Spirit is Willing" a top agent of the sinister spy agency KAOS is named Paul John Mondebello, an obvious alteration of Belmondo's name.[7] He is also mentioned in a song about "Masculinity" in the play La Cage Aux Folles, and is mentioned in the Donovan song "Sunny South Kensington" on the Mellow Yellow album. A poster of him as "A bad guy, a good-looking bad guy" is in Rachel's apartment in "The Light of Day" by Graham Swift.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1959 Charlotte et son Jules ("Charlotte and Her Boyfriend") Jean Jean-Luc Godard
À double tour (Web of Passion) Laszlo Kovacs Claude Chabrol
1960 À bout de souffle ("Breathless") Michel Poiccard Jean-Luc Godard
Classe tous risques ("The Big Risk") Eric Stark Claude Sautet
Moderato cantabile ("Seven Days... Seven Nights") Chauvin Peter Brook
La Ciociara ("Two Women") Michele de Libero Vittorio De Sica
1961 Le Mauvais Chemin (La Viaccia) Amerigo Mauro Bolognini
Léon Morin, prêtre ("Léon Morin, Priest") Léon Morin Jean-Pierre Melville
Une femme est une femme ("A Woman Is a Woman") Alfred Lubitsch Jean-Luc Godard
Un nommé La Rocca (fr) ("A Man Named Rocca") Roberto La Rocca Jean Becker
1962 Le Doulos ("The Finger") Silien Jean-Pierre Melville
Cartouche Louis Dominique Bourguignon Philippe de Broca
Un singe en hiver Gabriel Fouquet Henri Verneuil
Un cœur gros comme ça (documentary "The Winner") as himself François Reichenbach
1963 Mare matto ("Crazy Sea") Il Livornese Renato Castellani
Peau de banane (fr) ("Banana Peel") Michel Thibault Marcel Ophüls
Dragées au poivre ("Sweet and Sour") Raymond Jacques Baratier
L'Aîné des Ferchaux ("Magnet of Doom") Michel Maudet Jean-Pierre Melville
Il giorno più corto ("The Shortest Day") Erede Siciliano Sergio Corbucci
1964 L'Homme de Rio ("That Man from Rio") Adrien Dufourquet Philippe de Broca
Cent mille dollars au soleil ("Greed in the Sun") Rocco Henri Verneuil
Échappement libre (fr) ("Backfire") David Ladislas Jean Becker
Week-end à Zuydcoote ("Weekend at Dunkirk") Julien Maillat Henri Verneuil
La Chasse à l'homme (fr) ("Male Hunt", "The Gentle Art of Seduction") Fernand Édouard Molinaro
1965 Par un beau matin d'été ("Crime on a Summer Morning") Francis Jacques Deray
Pierrot le fou Pierrot (Ferdinand Griffon) Jean-Luc Godard
Les Tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine ("Up to His Ears") Arthur Lempereur Philippe de Broca
1966 Tendre Voyou (fr) ("Tender Scoundrel") Antoine Maréchal Jean Becker
Paris brûle-t-il? ("Is Paris Burning?") Pierrelot - Yvon Morandat René Clément
1967 Casino Royale cameo appearance Ken Hughes, John Huston and others
Le Voleur ("The Thief of Paris") Georges Randal Louis Malle
1968 Ho! (fr) François Holin Robert Enrico
1969 Le Cerveau ("The Brain") Arthur Lespinasse Gérard Oury
La Sirène du Mississippi ("Mississippi Mermaid") Louis Mahé François Truffaut
Un homme qui me plaît ("Love Is a Funny Thing") Henri Claude Lelouch
1970 Borsalino François Capella Jacques Deray
1971 Les Mariés de l'an II ("The Married Couple of the Year Two") Nicolas Philibert Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Le Casse ("The Burglars") Azad Henri Verneuil
1972 Docteur Popaul ("Dr. Popaul") Le docteur Paul Simay Claude Chabrol
La Scoumoune ("The excommunicating") Roberto Borgo José Giovanni
1973 L'Héritier (fr) Bart Cordell Philippe Labro
Le Magnifique François Merlin / Bob Saint-Clar Philippe de Broca
1974 Stavisky Alexandre Stavisky Alain Resnais
1975 L'Incorrigible Victor Vauthier Philippe de Broca
Peur sur la ville ("Fear over the city") Jean Letellier Henri Verneuil
1976 L'Alpagueur Roger Pilard ("L'Alpagueur") Philippe Labro
Le Corps de mon ennemi François Leclercq Henri Verneuil
1977 L'Animal ("Animal") Mike Gaucher / Bruno Ferrari Claude Zidi
1979 Flic ou voyou ("Cop or Hood") Antonio Cerutti / Stanislas Borowitz Georges Lautner
1980 Le Guignolo Alexandre Dupré Georges Lautner
1981 Le Professionnel Josselin Beaumont, aka "Joss" Georges Lautner
1982 L'As des as Jo Cavalier Gérard Oury
1983 Le Marginal Philippe Jordan Jacques Deray
1984 Les Morfalous Pierre Augagneur Henri Verneuil
Happy Easter
1985 Hold-up Grimm Alexandre Arcady
1987 Le Solitaire Stan Jalard Jacques Deray
1988 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté Sam Lion Claude Lelouch
1995 Les Cent et Une Nuits de Simon Cinéma ("A Hundred and One Nights") Professeur Bébel Agnès Varda
Les Misérables Henri Fortin / Jean Valjean Claude Lelouch
1996 Désiré Désiré Bernard Murat
1998 Une chance sur deux Léo Brassac Patrice Leconte
1999 Peut-être Ako Cédric Klapisch
2009 Un homme et son chien ("A Man and His Dog") Charles Francis Huster

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