“Forever the devil”: Acting legend Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead

“Forever the devil”

Acting legend Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead

The French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead. This was reported by the AFP news agency, citing his lawyer. Belmondo was 88 years old.

The legendary actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead. The French star died at the age of 88 on Monday in Paris, as the AFP news agency reported, citing his lawyer Michel Godest. Belmondo made more than 80 films and played more than 40 theater roles.

Belmondo, known as “Bébel” by his French fans, was best known as an antihero. In numerous works he played daredevils and gangsters. In the 1960s he was seen as the figurehead of the “Nouvelle Vague” cinema and a symbol of rebellion and anarchism. He was part of a new generation of movie stars who were no longer beautiful heroes.

He celebrated his breakthrough to a cinema star at the age of 26 with Jean-Luc Godard’s “Out of Breath”. Later they shot the love triangle “A woman is a woman” together. By the 1970s at the latest, Belmondo turned into a successful actor in action films and one of the biggest stars in European cinema. One of the biggest box office hits with Belmondo is “Adventure in Rio” by Philippe de Broca about a young soldier in search of his kidnapped girlfriend.

“Forever the devil”

Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933 in the chic Parisian suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. His father Paul, whose family came from Sicily, was a well-known Parisian sculptor, his mother a dancer. As a child, Jean-Paul was considered particularly undisciplined. He changed schools several times and discovered boxing as a high school student. He fought several fights before deciding to become an actor.

The actor had been physically weakened since suffering a stroke in 2001. “He’s been very tired for a while,” said his lawyer. “He died calmly.” Belmondo has four children from different relationships.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the famous actor as a hero and national treasure. “Belmondo will always be the devil,” tweeted Macron, referring to the film of the same name in which Belmondo played a 1973 writer and would-be secret agent. With his voice and lithe body, Belmondo was “a familiar figure, a tireless daredevil and a magician of words,” explained Macron. “We all found each other in him.”



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