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French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo has died at the age of 88, the French news agency AFP reported on Monday, citing his lawyer.
Belmonto became a symbol MyNews vAcc Or the “new wave” of French cinema, after making itself known Lack of breath (1959) Jean-Luc Goddard.
In the mid-1960s he moved further into commercial cinema and became one of the main protagonists of comedy and action.
From boxing to stage
Jean-Paul Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933, in Newly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris.
The bohemian atmosphere he grew up in had an impact on him.
He failed at school Amateur boxer. In his short career, he won 15 of his 23 matches before focusing on acting.
After passing through provincial theaters, his film debut came with the role of Laszlo in Claude Chabrol’s 1958 film. Cheats.
After a strong performance, his first lead role came Lack of breath.
His cult figure led him to participate in many action films Distractions And NewBut Belmondo, determined not to stereotype, accepted the more demanding roles of idealistic intellectual La Ciocarra Vittorio di Cicca in 1961.
In the mid-1960s, he completely switched to commercial cinema and formed his own production company, Cerrito.
In 1987, Belmondo returned to the stage for the first time in almost 30 years He divided his work between theater and cinema For the rest of his life.
Two years later he won the Caesar Prize, the equivalent of an Oscar. The path of a baby gate.
Throughout his life he participated in 80 films of various genres.
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