For everyone, it was “Bébel”. With the death of Jean-Paul Belmondo, at the age of 88, the 7th art loses one of its most popular figures, an actor who knows how to do everything, without taking himself too seriously, from action films to the finest hours of cinema. ‘author.
Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, sacred monster of French cinema, died Monday at his home in Paris at the age of 88, his lawyer told AFP. The French actor was born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He had also been a film producer and theater director.
“He was very tired for some time. He passed away quietly,” his family wrote in the press release, sent by Me Michel Godest. The man we nicknamed Bébel has appeared in 80 films and leaves behind him unforgettable roles. From “Pierrot le fou” to “L’As des as”, the actor with exceptional charisma has had the journey of a spoiled child of cinema, box office champion, during a 50-year career.
His death turns a major page in French cinema, Belmondo leaving after his band of friends from the conservatory, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Bruno Crémer or even Claude Rich … In recent years, he had had to bury his accomplices, Guy Bedos to the best friend, Charles Gérard, with whom he never ceased to share laughter and matches at Roland Garros.
His career started on the stage has led him in half a century to the heights of the French box office, with 130 million cumulative spectators in the cinema. After a stroke during a filming in 2001, he will remain severely disabled. Bébel obtained a César in 1988 for “Itinerary of a spoiled child”, as well as an honorary César in 2017.