Best French Actor in a Leading Role 1970-1979

The seven best performances by year (1970-1979), French and foreign players playing in films produced mainly in France.
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1.
Bourvil
At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the beginning of 1940 while in the army making music-hall show for the troops...
“ 1970 Le Cercle rouge de Jean-Pierre Melville ” - guillaume836076
 
2.
Michel Bouquet
Michel Bouquet is an actor born in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on the 6 November 1925. His father, Georges Bouquet, was a World War One veteran and a wine-maker. His mother Marie was a milliner. He had three older brothers: Georges, Bernard and Serge. Michel's father was always a shadowy figure in his life: having been deeply affected by the war...
“ 1970 Un condé d'Yves Boisset ” - guillaume836076
 
3.
Jean-Claude Brialy
One of the most popular and respected actors to come from the French "New Wave" film movement, Jean-Claude Brialy was born to a military family, which included one brother, in French colonial Algeria on March 30, 1933. Residing in various places while his father, a colonel with the French Army, went through the paces of his career...
“ 1970 Le Genou de Claire d'Eric Rohmer ” - guillaume836076
 
4.
“ 1970 L'aveu de Costa-Gavras
Best French Actor 1970 ” - guillaume836076
 
5.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1970 Les Choses de la vie de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
6.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1970 Le Voyou de Claude Lelouch ” - guillaume836076
 
7.
“ 1970 Le Boucher de Claude Chabrol ” - guillaume836076
 
8.
Michel Bouquet
Michel Bouquet is an actor born in the 14th arrondissement of Paris on the 6 November 1925. His father, Georges Bouquet, was a World War One veteran and a wine-maker. His mother Marie was a milliner. He had three older brothers: Georges, Bernard and Serge. Michel's father was always a shadowy figure in his life: having been deeply affected by the war...
“ 1971 Juste avant la nuit de Claude Chabrol ” - guillaume836076
 
9.
Horst Buchholz
On the cast list of The Magnificent Seven, you will find several names that doubtless you know well: Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, and Yul Brynner. But there is one name that you will have difficulty pronouncing, let alone identifying as an actor you have seen before. That man is Horst Buchholz,...
“ 1971 Le Sauveur de Michel Mardore ” - guillaume836076
 
10.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 1971 La Veuve Couderc de Pierre Granier-Deferre ” - guillaume836076
 
11.
Louis de Funès
Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing...
“ 1971 La Folie des grandeurs de Gérard Oury ” - guillaume836076
 
12.
Jean Gabin
Gabin was born Jean-Alexis Moncorgé in Paris, the son of Madeleine Petit and Ferdinand Moncorgé, a cafe entertainer whose stage name was Gabin. He grew up in the village of Mériel in the Seine-et-Oise département, about 35 km north of Paris. The son of cabaret entertainers, he attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly...
“ 1971 Le Chat de Pierre Granier-Deferre
Best French Actor 1971 ” - guillaume836076
 
13.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1971 Max et les ferrailleurs de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
14.
“ 1971 Raphaël ou le débauché de Michel Deville ” - guillaume836076
 
15.
Charles Denner
Mr. Denner began studying in Paris with Charles Dullin in 1945. Four years later, he joined the National Popular Theater. In 1962, he was offered his first big film role, in Bluebeard. He made thirty films after that, notably with Claude Lelouch and François Truffaut. Over the years, he worked under some of France's best-known directors...
“ 1972 L'aventure c'est l'aventure de Claude Lelouch ” - guillaume836076
 
16.
“ 1972 Rak de Charles Belmont ” - guillaume836076
 
17.
“ 1972 César et Rosalie de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
18.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1972 La Vieille fille de Jean-Pierre Blanc ” - guillaume836076
 
19.
Pierre Richard
Certainly one of France's supreme farceurs in the classic tradition, comedian Pierre Richard was born to an uppercrust family with an embarrassing riches of middle names as he was christened Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Leopold Defays. Working and building up his trade at the Paris Music Hall in the early years...
“ 1972 Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire d'Yves Robert ” - guillaume836076
 
20.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1972 Le Viager de Pierre Tchernia ” - guillaume836076
 
21.
“ 1972 Nous ne vieillirons pas ensemble de Maurice Pialat
Best French Actor 1972 ” - guillaume836076
 
22.
Jacques Brel
Soundtrack, Groundhog Day
One of the most popular singers of French songs. After a childhood full of boredom and normality, Brel started to work in his father's cardboard factory. But he wanted a different kind of life. He had been writing songs all his life and in the early 1950s he went to Paris. After a few years he became hugely successful...
“ 1973 L'emmerdeur d'Edouard Molinaro ” - guillaume836076
 
23.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 1973 Deux hommes dans la ville de José Giovanni ” - guillaume836076
 
24.
Louis de Funès
Louis Germain David de Funès de Galarza was born on July 31, 1914, in Courbevoie, France. His father, named Carlos Luis de Funes de Galarza, was a former lawyer of Seville, Spain, who became a diamond cutter. His mother, named Leonor Soto Reguera, was of Spanish and Portugese extraction. Young Louis de Funès was fond of drawing and piano playing...
“ 1973 Les Aventures de Rabbi Jacob de Gérard Oury ” - guillaume836076
 
25.
Jean Gabin
Gabin was born Jean-Alexis Moncorgé in Paris, the son of Madeleine Petit and Ferdinand Moncorgé, a cafe entertainer whose stage name was Gabin. He grew up in the village of Mériel in the Seine-et-Oise département, about 35 km north of Paris. The son of cabaret entertainers, he attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly...
“ 1973 L'affaire Dominici de Claude Bernard-Aubert ” - guillaume836076
 
26.
Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud is not everybody's cup of tea for sure, but will remain an important name in film history. As an actor he can be adored or hated for exactly the same reasons: he is one of those rare players that directors let improvise his dialogue, which gets on certain viewers' nerves while it fascinates others...
“ 1973 La Maman et la putain de Jean Eustache ” - guillaume836076
 
27.
“ 1973 État de siège de Costa-Gavras ” - guillaume836076
 
28.
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1973 La Bonne année de Claude Lelouch
Best French Actor 1973 ” - guillaume836076
 
29.
Jean-Paul Belmondo
Actor, Breathless
The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in À pied, à cheval et en voiture but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave...
“ 1974 Stavisky d'Alain Resnais ” - guillaume836076
 
30.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1974 Les Valseuses de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
31.
“ 1974 Vincent, François, Paul et les autres de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
32.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1974 L'horloger de Saint-Paul de Bertrand Tavernier
Best French Actor 1974 ” - guillaume836076
 
33.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1974 Vincent, François, Paul et les autres de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
34.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1974 Le Mouton enragé de Michel Deville ” - guillaume836076
 
35.
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1974 La Gifle de Claude Pinoteau ” - guillaume836076
 
36.
“ 1975 Ce cher Victor de Robin Davis ” - guillaume836076
 
37.
“ 1975 Dupont-Lajoie d'Yves Boisset ” - guillaume836076
 
38.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1975 Sept morts sur ordonnance de Jacques Rouffio ” - guillaume836076
 
39.
“ 1975 Cousin, cousine de Jean-Charles Tacchella ” - guillaume836076
 
40.
“ 1975 Les Galettes de Pont-Aven de Joël Séria ” - guillaume836076
 
41.
“ 1975 Le Sauvage de Jean-Paul Rappeneau ” - guillaume836076
 
42.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1975 Le Vieux fusil de Robert Enrico
Best French Actor 1975 ” - guillaume836076
 
43.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 1976 Monsieur Klein de Joseph Losey ” - guillaume836076
 
44.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915- ), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1976 La Meilleure façon de marcher de Claude Miller ” - guillaume836076
 
45.
“ 1976 Le Juge et l'assassin de Bertrand Tavernier
Best French Actor 1976 ” - guillaume836076
 
46.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1976 Le Juge et l'assassin de Bertrand Tavernier ” - guillaume836076
 
47.
Michel Piccoli
Born in a musician's family, he spent the first fifteen years of his career appearing both on stage and on screen, mostly in supporting roles. His breakthrough came after Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt and about 100 films, ranging from art-house movies to commercial mainstream, followed. He won the...
“ 1976 Mado de Claude Sautet ” - guillaume836076
 
48.
Pierre Richard
Certainly one of France's supreme farceurs in the classic tradition, comedian Pierre Richard was born to an uppercrust family with an embarrassing riches of middle names as he was christened Pierre Richard Maurice Charles Leopold Defays. Working and building up his trade at the Paris Music Hall in the early years...
“ 1976 Le Jouet de Francis Veber ” - guillaume836076
 
49.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1976 Un éléphant ça trompe énormément d'Yves Robert ” - guillaume836076
 
50.
Alain Delon
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school...
“ 1977 Mort d'un pourri de Georges Lautner ” - guillaume836076
 
51.
Charles Denner
Mr. Denner began studying in Paris with Charles Dullin in 1945. Four years later, he joined the National Popular Theater. In 1962, he was offered his first big film role, in Bluebeard. He made thirty films after that, notably with Claude Lelouch and François Truffaut. Over the years, he worked under some of France's best-known directors...
“ 1977 L'homme qui aimait les femmes de François Truffaut ” - guillaume836076
 
52.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1977 Dites-lui que je l'aime de Claude Miller ” - guillaume836076
 
53.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915- ), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1977 Le Juge Fayard dit le "shériff" d'Yves Boisset ” - guillaume836076
 
54.
John Gielgud
Actor, Gandhi
Sir John Gielgud is a highly distinguished and prolific performer who is considered to be one of the finest actors of his generation. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Gielgud played his first Hamlet in 1930 and quickly established himself as one of the most eminent Shakespearean interpreters of his time...
“ 1977 Providence d'Alain Resnais ” - guillaume836076
 
55.
“ 1977 Un moment d'égarement de Claude Berri ” - guillaume836076
 
56.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1977 Le Crabe-tambour de Pierre Schoendoerffer
Best French Actor 1977 ” - guillaume836076
 
57.
“ 1978 Le Sucre de Jacques Rouffio ” - guillaume836076
 
58.
Gérard Depardieu
Actor, Life of Pi
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France, to Anne Jeanne Josèphe (Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, who was a metal worker and fireman. Young delinquent and wanderer in the past, Depardieu started his acting career at the small traveling theatre "Cafe de la Gare", along with Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou...
“ 1978 Le Sucre de Jacques Rouffio ” - guillaume836076
 
59.
“ 1978 Bartleby de Maurice Ronet ” - guillaume836076
 
60.
Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret was one of French cinema's most familiar faces who appeared in more than 140 films in a career that spanned more than half a century. He was born on October 1, 1930, in Lille, Nord, France, into a middle class family of shopkeepers. His father was fond of literature. Young Noiret attended the College Janson-of-Sally in the 16th arrondissement in Paris...
“ 1978 Tendre poulet de Philippe de Broca ” - guillaume836076
 
61.
Michel Serrault
Actor, Diabolique
As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay farce La Cage aux Folles...
“ 1978 La Cage aux folles d'Edouard Molinaro
Best French Actor 1978 ” - guillaume836076
 
62.
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Actor, Amour
Born 1930 in Piolenc in south France as son of a wealthy industrialist. Studied law in Aix-en-Provence. Started theatrical acting in 1950, but was regarded untalented at first, until Roger Vadim discovered him for the movies. When the press stalked him 1956 because of rumors of an affair with Brigitte Bardot his partner in ...And God Created Woman...
“ 1978 L'argent des autres de Christian de Chalonge ” - guillaume836076
 
63.
Lino Ventura
One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to Paris...
“ 1978 Un papillon sur l'épaule de Jacques Deray ” - guillaume836076
 
64.
“ 1979 Buffet froid de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
65.
“ 1979 La Guerre des polices de Robin Davis
Best French Actor 1979 ” - guillaume836076
 
66.
“ 1979 Buffet froid de Bertrand Blier ” - guillaume836076
 
67.
Patrick Dewaere
Actor, Beau Pere
Popular but troubled renegade French actor Patrick Dewaere was christened Jean-Marie Patrick Bourdeaux on January 26, 1947, at Saint-Brieuc in Britanny in the north-west region of France. The third of six children born to actress Mado Maurin (1915- ), his mothere made acting a family affair. All of his siblings -- Jean-Pierre Maurin (1941-1996)...
“ 1979 Série noire d'Alain Corneau ” - guillaume836076
 
68.
“ 1979 I...comme Icare de Henri Verneuil ” - guillaume836076
 
69.
“ 1979 La Guerre des polices de Robin Davis ” - guillaume836076
 
70.
Jean Rochefort
Actor, Ridicule
French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama...
“ 1979 Le Cavaleur de Philippe de Broca ” - guillaume836076