Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead
He was one of the last sacred monsters of French cinema.
Jean-Paul Belmondo, who had blown his 88 candles on April 9, 2021, is no more. A look back at the exceptional fate of a great man
Daring, seductive and witty, he had a voice recognizable among a thousand, the build of an incredibly sexy athlete, and a filmography of great classics, which made him enter the legend of French cinema.
This September 6, Jean-Paul Belmondo passed away at the age of 88. It was his lawyer who announced the sad news to Agence France Presse
Born in 1933, the son of sculptor Paul Belmondo first predestined himself for a career as a boxer. But his first acting lessons made him want to become an actor at the age of 15.
In fifty years of career, Bébel has shot more than 80 films, and has attracted in theaters nearly 130 million spectators.
We think for example of “Breathless” and “Pierrot le Fou” by Jean-Luc Godard, “Le Cerveau” and “L’As des as” by Gérard Oury, “Borsalino” by Jacques Deray, “Le Magnifique” by Philippe de Broca, “Fear of the city” by Henri Verneuil, “Le Professionnel” by Georges Lautner, or even “Itinerary of a spoiled child” by Claude Lelouch.
And his theater career was also flourishing. Owner of the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris, he will perform classic pieces such as “Le Malade imaginaire” by Molière, or the emblematic “Cyrano de Bergerac” (Edmond Rostand).
On the private side, Paul Belmondo’s dad will have been married twice. A first time with Élodie Constantin (1952–1968) who gave her three children – Paul, Patricia, and Florence.
A second time with Natty Tardivel (2002–2008), with whom he will also have a daughter, Stella.
During his career, Jean-Paul Belmondo received the César for best actor in 1989 for the interpretation of his iconic Sam Lion in “Itinerary of a spoiled child”.
But he will refuse to come and collect the statuette, declaring that he will not accept any other rewards than those coming from the public.
In 2017, the academy will still give him a César for his entire career, after having received the same tribute to Venice (Golden Lion) and Cannes (Palme d’honneur).
Commander of the Legion of Honor, Bébel was also Grand Officer of the National Order of Merit, and Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
He had been the victim of a stroke in 2001. In February 2015, Jean-Paul Belmondo had announced his definitive retirement from cinema and theater, before recovering a few months later, confident that he would like to replay. .