Jean-Paul Belmondo, the charismatic actor whose singular performances in movies like Breathless made him the face of the French New Wave, died on Monday at his house in Paris. He was 88. His lawyer and agent confirmed the information to the French press, with no reason behind demise given.
Belmondo, who had a brief stint as an novice boxer earlier than turning to appearing, made his movie debut in Claude Chabrol’s 1958 movie Les Tricheurs. His first mission with French New Wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard, the quick Charlotte And Her Boyfriend, additionally arrived the identical 12 months. Belmondo’s true breakthrough got here together with his starring position because the magnetic Michel reverse Jean Seberg’s Patricia in Godard’s Breathless, which was launched in 1961 and immediately catapulted the actor to important and business success. He dominated the French field workplace for many years following Breathless, starring in a number of movies from different French New Wave giants like Chabrol’s Internet of Ardour and Jean-Pierre Melville’s Léon Morin, Priest. Belmondo additionally made his mark as an motion star with movies like That Man from Rio and Greed within the Solar, and starred reverse Sophia Loren in 1961’s Two Ladies. The actor resisted making the transition to Hollywood, remarking in an interview, “Why complicate my life? I am too stupid to learn the language and it would only be a disaster.” Belmondo is survived by his three youngsters.