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Jean-Paul Belmondo Poster

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Overview (3)

Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Nickname Bebel
Height 5' 9¼" (1.76 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave. Since mid-60s he completely switched to commercial mainstream pictures and became a big comedy and action star in France. Following the example of Alain Delon he founded his own production company Cerito named after his grandmother's maiden name. In 1989 he was awarded Cesar for his performance in Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988) . Recently he returned to stage performing in the Theatre Marigny in Paris. He still appears in the movies but not so often as before preferring mostly dramatic roles. The president of France distinguished him with order of Legion of Honour. Belmondo has daughter Florence and son Paul. His elder daughter Patricia died in a fire in 1993. None of his children became actors though you could have seen his son Paul in the episodic role in Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yuri German<blsidt1@imf.org>

Spouse (2)

Natty Belmondo (29 December 2002 - 2008) (divorced) (1 child)
Elodie Constant (4 December 1952 - 5 January 1968) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Has an inimitable smile
Always performs all the stunts himself
Usually combines action with comic episodes

Trivia (31)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#52). [1995]
Cohabited with Ursula Andress (1965-1972).
Cohabited with Laura Antonelli (1972-1980).
Belmondo always performed all the stunts himself but ceased to do so after the accident during the filming of Hold-Up (1985).
While in Corsica, Jean-Paul suffered a stroke that left the right side of his face paralyzed. He was transferred to a Paris hospital and was released from intensive care after 6 days. [August 2001]
Has two daughters and a son by his first wife Elodie Constant: Patricia Belmondo (1953-1993), Florence (b. 1958) and Paul Belmondo (b. 1963).
Enjoyed boxing and soccer playing in his youth; performed as goal-keeper during school years.
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
He was awarded the César (French Oscar) for Itinéraire d'un enfant gâté (1988) but refused to take the trophy because César Baldaccini, the sculptor who designed the award named after him, had once expressed bad opinions about the work of his father, fellow sculptor Paul Belmondo.
Co-owner of Stressa, an italian restaurant on rue Chambiges located behind the Plaza Athena Hotel in Paris' 8th arrondisement. His partners are two brothers who manage the day to day operations of the restaurant.
His second wife Natty Belmondo gave birth to a girl Stella on 13 August 2003.
Is the favorite action star of Jackie Chan and Yun-Fat Chow.
Several action icons in comics books such as "Cobra" or "Blueberry" are based on him.
Was a longtime business partner of French mogul René Chateau.
Made his stage debut in 1950.
Has been Commander of France's Legion of Honor since 2007.
Son of Paul Belmondo, a French sculptor of Italian descent.
Supports the French soccer team 'Paris Saint-Germain'.
Referenced in Donovan's song "Sunny South Kensington".
Grandfather of Alessandro, Victor and Giacomo (Paul's sons).
On the film Charlotte et son Jules (1960) he had to go and do military service before he could record the soundtrack so his character's voice is that of the director, Jean-Luc Godard.
Cohabited with Carlos Sotto Mayor (1980-1987).
Cohabited with Barbara Gandolfi (2008-2012).
Cohabited with Nathalie Tardivel better known as "Natty" from 1989 to 2002 before marrying on 29 December 2002.
When he finally divorced first wife Elodie (after 3 years of separation), it was expected that Belmondo would marry longtime live-in girlfriend Ursula Andress. Then there was some shock when he decided not to.
Ursula Andress describes him as the love of her life.
Belmondo's name was in the headlines in Hollywood in April 1996, when he lashed out at the Hollywood studios and distributors. The actor was furious that his film Désiré (1996) was on only 20 screen in France while American films, such as Toy Story (1995), were on 500. He claimed that French theatre chains were "on their knees before Hollywood. When I hear them talk about defending French cinema, I can only laugh." (The American market share of movie ticket sales in France was 54 percent at the time, compared to only 35 percent for French-made product.).
Founded touring company with Annie Girardot and Guy Bedos.
Father-in-law of Luana Belmondo.
Grandfather of Victor Belmondo.

Personal Quotes (1)

"I don't want to be a flying grandpa of the French cinema" (about his further participation in action films).

Salary (3)

1 chance sur 2 (1998) €823,225 euros
Peut-être (1999) €549,000
Un homme et son chien (2008) €450,000 Euro + EUR10,000 for each additional Shooting Day

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