Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

• Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

April 9 marks 85 years of the world-famous French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. He gained a reputation as the conqueror of female hearts, and one of the most commercially successful and popular French artists. But despite the incredible popularity during the Soviet era, for our viewers, he has long remained a mystery. Little known facts about Belmondo, who will make it to see from an unexpected quarter - further in the review.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years! Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

Father of the future star of French cinema was a sculptor. As a child, he often posed for his father when he sculpted cupids, which today can be seen in the fountains in Paris. When many years later Belmondo invited to the ceremony film award "César" for the film "minion of fortune", he refuses the award on the grounds that the sculptor, who was the author of statues, unflattering comments about the work of his father Paul Belmondo. This name - not the French and Sicilian, where they had been originally his grandparents on the father's side. Therefore, the Italians believed the actor and his jokingly called his newspaper "il Brutus" - "freak". But the French called him "Bebel", which can be translated as "darling of fortune" - after the eponymous film by Claude Lelouch, the one for which Belmondo was awarded the "Cesar".

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

From a young age, Jean-Paul differed boundless energy and always gets into trouble. For disorderly conduct and fights it three times expelled from schools. To find the application of the kicking energy through the edge, he took up the sport. At age 18, he became the champion of Paris welterweight boxing champion, and went to the French team. In one of the matches of his nose was broken, but later he was able to turn a broken nose in the flavor of its external appearance and a business card hero-lover, rebel and bully. Belmondo began boxing so that seriously thought about the career. But his love for the cinema still was stronger. Although sporting past handy actor - all the stunts in his films up to 52 years, he served on their own, as long as the shooting did not have an accident - Belmondo fell from a height and suffered a serious back injury. The actor starred in action movies often, but on the eve of the 60th anniversary decided to stay. "I do not want to be flying the grandfather of French cinema ... I'm tired of criminals and police", - explained Belmondo.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

A shot from the film * The hunt for a man * 1964

The teachers of the Conservatory of Dramatic Art, where the first Belmondo taken only as an auditor, did not see the prospects of his student and said that with the appearance he can play unless scoundrels and idiots, he can not be a hero-lover, as was supposed to direct horror on girls. But in this they were mistaken. Belmondo became a star of the cinema, and at the same time on the set, and outside the conquered women's hearts easily. His partner became the most beautiful actress Ursula Andress, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Claudia Cardinale and others.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

An actor in the movie * Professional * 1981

Belmondo always enjoyed great success with women. "The interest in the female sex, I felt at age 6. When the father posed for our lovely maid Jeannette, my brother and I there and then there is a set of issues that we ran to his shop, "- laughing, confessed the actor. Officially, he was married twice, but informal marriages were much larger. He often had affairs with female partners in the set. "Short-term intrigue I had a few hundred" - without a shadow of embarrassment said the actor. His first wife Elodie Constantin filed for divorce when she learned that her husband had an affair with a partner on the set of Ursula Andress, who was called the sexiest Bond girl. And from her actor went to Laura Antonelli - girl of the magazine "Playboy". But it did not stay long Belmondo. When he was gone, Laura was addicted to alcohol and drugs and lost her job.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Laura Antonelli

The actor had four children, but the eldest daughter Patricia tragically died during a fire in 1994. The youngest daughter Stella was born when Belmondo was already 70 years old. Her mother was a fashion model and dancer Natty Tardivel, which remained near Belmondo in the most difficult time for him, helping him to his feet after a stroke. But she did not his last chosen one. In 75 years, the actor filed for divorce, and soon after a scandal about his new civilian wife, Barbara Gandolfi - it turned out that she was engaged in illegal business and financial fraud suffered by the actor himself. The police urged him to submit it to the court for extortion, but Belmondo showed generosity and peacefully broke up with the woman.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

Jean-Paul Belmondo and Barbara Gandolfi

The actor began his career as a theatrical scene, then went to the cinema, and 30 years later, at the peak of his popularity, he returned to the theater. He played a major role in the play "Kin, or genius, and rowdiness" and went on stage 300 times with the same full house. Theater since it drew, he even sold the television rights to all films produced his film company, to purchase the premises of the Paris theater "Variety" in Montmartre.

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

A still from the movie * A man and his dog * 2008

In '62, Jean-Paul Belmondo suffered a stroke after 6 years - a second, after which the actor was forced to leave the cinema. But what was the surprise and admiration of the audience, when 74-year-old actor is back on the set - he played in the film "A man and his dog." During his career Belmondo played about 100 roles in movies and 40 - in the theater. For his age he is philosophical: "You have to dismiss your age and live the life that you want. Of course, old age is scary, but if you're feeling fit, if you "cooks head" - went to you this old age ... I do not believe in any rumors, I have not yet exhausted. "

Jean-Paul Belmondo - 85 years!

Actor at the Venice Film Festival 2016