Jean-Paul Belmondo who was one of France’s biggest box-office star in the ‘60s and ‘70s passed away on 6th September 2021 in Paris at the age of 88. The news of his death was confirmed by his lawyers to AP.
The French actor was popularly known for his movies ‘Breathless’ (1960) and ‘That Man from Rio’ (1964) and was a leading face in the French New Wave. Throughout his 50 years of acting career, he appeared in more than 80 films and worked with a variety of major French directors, from Francois Truffaut to Claude Lelouch.
Belmondo was quite loved among his fans and they nicknamed him Bébel. After showering the French audience with a series of popular hits in the mid-80s, his output began to slow at the end of the decade and he returned to his roots, theatre. His highest-profile film role of the 1990s was in Lelouch’s adaptation of ‘Les Misérables’. He has done a lot of hit movies in the comedy, crime drama and action film genre.
After he suffered from a stroke in 2001, he eventually stopped making movies until in 2008 where Jean played the role of Charles in the movie, ‘A Man and his Dog’. He was recently photographed smiling where he was celebrating his 88th birthday with his family.