French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (88) has died. The film and stage actor was one of the most popular actors of French cinema. Since 2001, when he suffered a stroke, he rarely appeared in front of the cameras. The French public had not forgotten him yet, writes BFMTV, because the movies he played in are still broadcast on TV.
Belmondo was one of the most famous French film stars in the 60s, 70s and 80s. He became best known for films in the so-called nouvelle vague style. His breakthrough came in 1960 with a starring role in Jean-Luc Godards À bout de souffle.
In the years that followed, Belmondo was asked by all major French film directors. It was mostly about half-serious adventure films, in which Belmondo played the unconcerned villain. In almost all of his films, he did his stunt work himself.
As in Le Magnifique, a parody of James Bond films, from 1973:
He made his last film Un homme et son chien in 2008 and has not appeared on the big screen since, but he was a regular guest at all major film festivals.