Belmondo in 2013
|Born||Jean-Paul Charles Belmondo
9 April 1933
|Spouse(s)||Elodie Constantin (1952–1967)
Natty Belmondo (2002–2008)
|Partner(s)||Ursula Andress (1965–1972)
Laura Antonelli (1972–1980)
1989 Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté
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.
Belmondo studied acting at the Conservatoire. He would likely have won the prize for best actor but participated in a sketch mocking the school, which offended the jury and resulted in him only getting an honourable mention, "which nearly set off a riot among his incensed fellow students" according to one report.
Belmondo began appearing in various theatre productions in Paris.
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).
A later manifestation of youthful rejection... His disengagement from a society his parents made is total. He accepts corruption with a cynical smile, not even bothering to struggle. He is out entirely for himself, to get whatever he can, while he can. The Belmondo type is capable of anything. He knows he is defeated anyway... He represents something tough yet vulnerable, laconic but intense, notably lacking in neuroses or or the stumbling insecurities of homus Americanus. He is the man of the moment, completely capable of taking care of himself - and ready to take on the girl of the moment too. 
With That Man From Rio (1964) 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.
After making The Thief of Paris (1967) for Louis Malle, Belmondo took a year and a half off. "One day it seemed that life was passing me by," he said. "I didn't want to work. So I stopped. Then one day I felt like starting again. So I started."
He returned to filmmaking with the crime movie, Ho! (1968), then had a massive hit with a comedy co-starring David Niven, The Brain (1969). More prestiguous was Mississippi Mermaid (1969) for Francois Truffaut with Catherine Deneuve.
"What intellectuals don't like is success," said Belmondo. "Success in France is always looked down on, not by the public, but by intellectuals. If I'm nude in a film, that's fine for the intellectuals. But if I jump from a helicopter, they think it's terrible."
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.
In 1987 he returned to the theatre after a 26 year absence in a production of Kean, adapted by Jean Paul Satre from the novel by Alexander Dumas. "I did theater for ten years before going into movies and every year I planned to go back," he recalled. "I returned before I became an old man." Kean was a hit, running for a year. In 1990 he played the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac on the stage in Paris, another highly successful production.
Belmondo claimed there were "several reasons" why he made less films in the 1980s. "I'm now a producer so it takes time to organise things," he said. "But it's also difficult to find good screenplays in France. We have serious writing problems here. And I'd prefer to do theater for a long time than take on a mediocre film."
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).
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.
Jean-Paul Belmondo at the
1988 Cannes Film Festival.
Belmondo at the
2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Jean-Paul Belmondo at the
2011 Cannes Film Festival.
- 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. 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. In 1968 a Yugoslavian quartet "Kvartet 4M" recorded a song "Bebel" about him.
The book "Youth in Revolt" by author C.D. Payne and its sequels refer to Belmondo several times and at one point feature the main character going to Mexico and getting plastic surgery in order to resemble Belmondo.
|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|
|Lettere di una novizia||Giuliano Verdi||Alberto Lattuada|
|La Ciociara ("Two Women")||Michele de Libero||Vittorio De Sica|
|1961||La Viaccia ("The Lovemakers")||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 ("A Man Named Rocca")||Roberto La Rocca||Jean Becker|
|1962||Le Doulos ("The Finger Man")||Silien||Jean-Pierre Melville|
|Cartouche||Louis Dominique Bourguignon||Philippe de Broca|
|Un singe en hiver ("A Monkey in Winter")||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 ("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 ("Backfire")||David Ladislas||Jean Becker|
|Week-end à Zuydcoote ("Weekend at Dunkirk")||Julien Maillat||Henri Verneuil|
|La Chasse à l'homme ("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 ("Tender Scoundrel")||Antoine Maréchal||Jean Becker|
|Paris brûle-t-il? ("Is Paris Burning?")||Pierrelot - Yvon Morandat||René Clément|
|1967||Casino Royale||French Leggionnaire||Ken Hughes, John Huston and others|
|Le Voleur ("The Thief of Paris")||Georges Randal||Louis Malle|
|1968||Ho!||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||Dr. Popaul||Le docteur Paul Simay||Claude Chabrol|
|La Scoumoune||Roberto Borgo||José Giovanni|
|1973||L'Héritier ("The Inheritor")||Bart Cordell||Philippe Labro|
|Le Magnifique||François Merlin / Bob Saint-Clar||Philippe de Broca|
|1974||Stavisky||Alexandre Stavisky||Alain Resnais|
|1975||L'Incorrigible ("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 ("Body of My Enemy")||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 ("The Professional")||Josselin Beaumont, a.k.a. "Joss"||Georges Lautner|
|1982||L'As des as ("Ace of Aces")||Jo Cavalier||Gérard Oury|
|1983||Le Marginal||Philippe Jordan||Jacques Deray|
|1984||Les Morfalous||Pierre Augagneur||Henri Verneuil|
|Joyeuses Pâques ("Happy Easter")||Stéphane Margelle||Georges Lautner|
|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|
|1998||Une chance sur deux||Léo Brassac||Patrice Leconte|
|2000||Les Acteurs||Himself||Bertrand Blier|
|2009||Un homme et son chien ("A Man and His Dog")||Charles||Francis Huster|
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- Blume, Mary (17 April 1968). "Belmondo Back on Film-Making Scene". Los Angeles Times. p. d12.
- Riding, Alan (14 March 1990). "Belmondo Revels in Playing Cyrano in Paris: The archetypal hood plays a poet to sold-out houses.". New York Times. p. C13.
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- Mort de Laura Antonelli, star italienne des années 1970 et ex-femme de Jean-Paul Belmondo AlloCiné; 22 June 2015.
- The Complete Get Smart Guide – Episode Guides – Third Season
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