• Jean-Paul Belmondo
Jean-Paul Belmondo (fr. Jean-Paul Belmondo) was born April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine (department Upper Seine, France). He was the son of a Parisian sculptor Paul Belmondo. As a child, Jean-Paul was very pretty, and my father used it as a model for plump kupidonchikov, which to this day can be seen in the fountains in Paris. At school he was a bustling, constantly naughty. Because of his tricks him even once expelled from Alsace school. To find the application of boundless energy, he played sports - boxing and football. And when he stood before the choice of life, between sports and acting work, he chose the latter.
At the age of 20 years, Jean-Paul entered the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Paris, and after graduation he worked in the theater. Belmondo graduation performance "Love and piano" on the play by Feydeau received a positive evaluation. After training, Jean-Paul began his professional career on stage and spends much of the fifties, working in the theater.
film debut took place in 1957 in the movie "On foot, on horseback and by car" (fr. À pied, à cheval et en voiture), but the episodes with his participation were cut before the exit of the picture. More significant role went to him, "Be beautiful and shut up" (fr. Sois belle et tais-toi) with Alain Delon in the title role.
World famous 26-year-old actor brought the role of reckless villain Michel Puakara in Jean-Luc Godard film "Breathless" (French À bout de souffle.) - one of the key bands of the world cinema.
The following year, Belmondo has strengthened its reputation by playing in the best films of the great Sophia Loren - "Two Women", for which the American Movie Awards "Oscar" was awarded to her.
His own best roles he played in the directors of the French "New Wave": the same Godard ( "Woman is a Woman", 1961), Louis Malle ( "Thief", 1967), Francois Truffaut ( "Siren with" Mississippi "," , 1969), by Claude Chabrol ( "Popol Doctor", 1972), Alain Resnais ( "Stavisky", 1974).
When "The Man from Rio" (fr. L'Homme de Rio) Belmondo switched to character roles in commercial projects, mainly comedies and action films.
In Lebanon, Jean-Paul starred in the film "madman Pierrot". Belmondo playing, improvising, he lived the role. He plays the deceived person is so beautiful and unusual that the film looks at one go.
Belmondo brilliantly starred in the film "Les Miserables," "fall wedding", "Cast", "Amazonia".
But after a stroke, suffering in 2001, Belmondo was forced to resign. However, in 2008, 74-year-old actor returned to the set - he starred in the film "A man and his dog." Just a creative "luggage" actor - about 100 roles in movies and 40 theatrical roles.
Jean-Paul Belmondo - Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor and the Order of Arts and Letters, awarded the prize "Cesar" (1989) and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival (2011), twice nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor.