Jean-Paul Belmondo is a famous French actor who created the image of a young rebel with an irresistible smile and in the 60-70s earned the title of one of the most beloved film actors of European youth. Subsequently, he played witty roles in criminal action films and comedies. The most famous films of Jean-Paul Belmondo are “In the Breath”, “Professional”, “7 Days, 7 Nights” and “The Man from Rio”.
Jean-Paul was born in the town of Neuilly-sur-Seine, which borders the Bois de Boulogne. Parents belonged to the creative elite: father Paul Belmondo was a sculptor, and mother Sarah Raynaud-Richard was engaged in painting. Brother Alain and sister Muriel, like Jean-Paul, connected their lives with cinema, becoming a producer and actress. If not for World War II, the Belmondo family would probably have lived a luxurious life. But occupation and deprivation pushed them almost into poverty.
At a young age, the future star of the screens was fond of sports. At first he wanted to become a cyclist, then he began to attend the football section, where he played as a goalkeeper. Later, boxing appears in the biography of Jean-Paul Belmondo. The teenager performed at an amateur level, and at the age of 16 he made his debut at an adult serious level. As a professional, Jean-Paul Belmondo held nine fights, never losing and winning four times in the opening round. But once the guy looked in the mirror at his face, the forms of which began to change, and realized that it was time to end with great sport.
Not knowing which path to take in the future, Belmondo leaves to serve in the army. Then he expected a disease, a mild form of tuberculosis, which the young man went to treat in the village of Auvergne Alans, where there is a lot of fresh air. There, the idea of the profession of an actor comes to Jean-Paul. At the age of 20, the young man enters the Higher National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, after which he makes his debut on the theater stage and at the same time begins to act in films.
It is noteworthy that most teachers of the conservatory, although they noted the talent of a young man, but pointed out that his appearance is unlikely to allow him to become successful, especially among viewers. Did not add to teachers confidence in the student and his incurable negligence and looseness. Jean-Paul Belmondo was often late for classes, skipped lectures, pulled himself up to classmates, and often hooliganized. However, the very first appearance of the actor on the screen attracted the attention of women.
Gradually Belmondo earned the fame of the most commercially successful French artist. He founded his own film company “Cerito”, named after the maiden name of his beloved grandmother, and begins not only to act in films, but also to produce. It is worth adding that Jean-Paul ended his career several times, but invariably returned. And at the beginning of 2015, he finally left both the theatrical stage and the set.
The debut in the feature film of the young actor took place in 1957. Jean-Paul starred in the film “Moliere”, but during the installation, the frames with his participation were cut out. The first popularity was brought by Belmondo’s films “Be Beautiful and Shut Up,” where Alain Delon, the romantic comedy “Mademoiselle Angel” with Romy Schneider and the psychological drama “The Double Turn of the Key” debuted.
World-wide popularity was bestowed upon him by the role of the careless villain Michel Poicard in the criminal drama “In the Last Breath.” Today this tape is included in the chronicle of the best works of world cinema. Not enjoying the laurels, Belmondo plunges headlong into work. The artist starred with Sophia Loren in the military film “Chochara”, with Joan Moreau in the psychological film “7 days, 7 nights”, with Pascal Petit in the melodrama “Letters of the Acolyte”, with Claudia Cardinale in the historical adventure comedy “Cartouche”.
Popular projects of the 60s are the crime thriller “The Snitch”, the adventure comedy “The Man from Rio”, the military drama “Weekend on the Ocean.” Belmondo tries not to stay in one role for a long time, using all the colors of his talent when creating film images. In 1965, the artist falls into the project of the cult director Jean-Luc Godard – the criminal film “Mad Pierrot”, where Anna Karina becomes his partner. A year after working on the author’s movie, Belmondo appears in the frivolous comedy “The Tender Crook”.
Jean-Paul could not refuse to participate in the parody comedy “Casino Royale”, which was created by the efforts of filmmakers in the United Kingdom and the United States. Belmondo played the role of the French legionary in the service of the CIA, who also, like the other three spies, works under the codename James Bond. In 1973, the actor will repeat the experience of playing in a parody project, appearing in the black comedy “Magnificent.” This time, the main role of the loser novelist Francois Merlin, who becomes a super agent, was given to Jean-Paul Belmondo.