Michel Piccoli

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Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli Cannes 2013.jpg
Michel Piccoli at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Born Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli
(1925-12-27) 27 December 1925 (age 91)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director, musician, singer
Years active 1945 – present
Spouse(s) Eléonore Hirt (1954–?)
Juliette Gréco (1966–1977)
Ludivine Clerc (1980–present)

Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli (born 27 December 1925) is a French actor and filmmaker of Italian descent. He has one of the longest careers in french cinema, and is regarded worldwide as a symbol of France's film history, more specifically of the '60s and the 70's.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Paris to a musical family; his mother was a pianist and his father a violinist.

He has appeared in many different roles, from seducer to cop to gangster to Pope, in more than 170 movies. Piccoli has worked with Jean Renoir, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Demy, Claude Sautet, Louis Malle, Agnès Varda, Leos Carax, Luis Buñuel, Costa-Gavras, Alfred Hitchcock, Marco Ferreri, Jacques Rivette, Otar Iosseliani, Nanni Moretti, Jacques Doillon, Mario Bava, Manoel de Oliviera, Claude Faraldo, Raúl Ruiz, Theodoros Angelopoulos and Alain Resnais.

He has been married three times, first to Éléonore Hirt, then for eleven years to the singer Juliette Gréco and finally to Ludivine Clerc. He has one daughter from his first marriage, Anne-Cordélia.

Piccoli is politically active on the left, and is vocally opposed to the Front National.

Selected filmography[edit]


He won the Best Actor Award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival for A Leap in the Dark.[1] In 1982, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Strange Affair.[2] In 2001 he was the recipient of the Europe Theatre Prize.[3]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: A Leap in the Dark". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-28. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1982 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-11-14. 
  3. ^ IX Europe Theatre Prize / Reasons Europe Theatre Prize

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