5 Things About The Legendary French Actor Who…


Jean-Paul Belmondo, who became famous for his part in Jean-Luc Godard’s classic film “Breathless,” has away after battling health concerns. Here are five facts about him that you should be aware of.

Jean-Paul Belmondo, a great French actor recognized for his work in a variety of cinema genres, died on Sept. 6 at the age of 88 in his Paris home, according to his lawyer, Michel Godest.

“He’d been exhausted for a long time. Godest told the outlet that he died quietly. Although no cause of death was revealed, the news came as a shock to fans of the actor, who appeared in over 80 films over his illustrious career.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo passed away at the age of 88 on Sept. 6.

Here are five things to know about Jean-Paul and his illustrious career.

He started his acting career in theatre.

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The Foreign Press Association in Rome hosts a cocktail party for Jean-Paul Belmondo and Italian actress Claudia Cardinale.

Jean-Paul was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and began his career on stage in famous performances before moving into film. He became connected with the New Wave of the 1960s, a French art film movement that began in the 1950s and lasted for half a century. Breathless, a 1960 French murder drama, and That Man From Rio, a 1964 adventure picture, are two of his best-known films.

His success with ‘Breathless’ led him to a long and steady career.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo in 1971. 

The New York Times said that after the film’s success, Jean-Paul was handed “more acting projects than he can handle.” Letters By a Novice, Love and the Frenchwoman, A Woman is a Woman, Famous Love Affairs, The Fingerman, Mad Sea, and Sweet and Sour were only a few of the many films in which he appeared. Later in his career, he appeared in a number of films, including Stranger in the House, Amazon, and A Man and His Dog.

He was knighted twice.

Jean-Paul was appointed a Chevalier of the Ordre National du Mérite in 1982, then elevated to Officier (Officer) in 1986, and Commandeur (Commander) in 1994. The second was in 1991, when he was named Chevalier of the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur, upgraded to Officier, and then Commandeur in 2007.

He had a stroke in 2001.

He was admitted to the hospital for treatment due to a medical problem. As a result, he went eight years without making a picture until returning in 2009 with A Man and His Dog, in which the repercussions of his illness were visible.

He leaves behind three children.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo guest stars at the Golden Gloves (Gants d’Or) boxing award ceremony in Brussels in 2019. 

He had three living children at the time of his death, Florence, born in 1958, and Paul, born in 1963, both of whom he shared with ex-wife Élodie Constantin. Patricia, their firstborn child, was tragically killed in a fire in 1993. He also had a daughter with ex-wife Natty Tardivel, Stella Eva Angelina, who was born in 2003.

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