Paris. French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the great icons of French cinema, died on Monday at the age of 88 after retiring for a long season, his lawyer and friend, Michel Godest, announced to the French press.
Belmondo, who had suffered a stroke in 2001, faded “quietly”, according to Godest, who reported the news on the television channel BFMTV with an emotional voice, saying that his death was “a loss for the whole of France.” “
Belmondo, who achieved international fame with “At the End of the Getaway” (A bout de soufflé, 1960), worked with many great French “nouvelle obscure” directors, such as Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Louis Maley or Claude Chabrol in the 60s.
“The Mississippi Mermaid”, “Those Female est Those Females” or “The Thief of Paris” were some of his most outstanding films of the time.
He gradually took advantage of his ex-boxer physique and his infectious smile in films such as “El Magnifico”, “Borsalino”, “El Professional”, as a gangster, a cheeky seducer and adventurer. gained expertise. El Hombre de Rio” or “The Clan of Marseilles”.
In these films, he excelled in doing his own action sequences without duets, which further enhanced the adventurous spirit.
Actor in 92 films, including minor and minor roles, his last on-screen appearance was in the 2009 short “Alonzo-y! Alonzo!”.