Jean-Louis Trintignant Poster


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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 December 1930Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 (1956), he fled into the army. Ten years later he had his first big success with A Man and a Woman (1966). Since then he has starred in more than 100 movies, with a special talent for the dark characters like murderers or jealous husbands. Today he prefers theater to movies.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

Spouse (2)

Nadine Trintignant (1960 - 1976) (divorced) (3 children)
Stéphane Audran (? - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Often played in international productions as characters of highly varied nationalities
Thoughtful characters whose ideals and morals are harshly tested

Trivia (35)

Father of Marie Trintignant, Pauline Trintignant and Vincent Trintignant.
Said he didn't accept the leading role in Last Tango in Paris (1972), because he didn't like the numerous nude scenes.
Was chosen to play opposite Vittorio Gassman in Il Sorpasso (1962) because he looked like Jacques Perrin, who started the picture but left to do Family Portrait (1962) under Valerio Zurlini 's direction.
Graduated from L'IDHEC ("La Fémis", at present)
Nephew of sport car driver Maurice Trintignant (1917-2005).
His daughter Pauline died as a baby while he and his family were on location in Rome in 1969.
His actress/daughter, Marie Trintignant, who was married at the time to director/actor Samuel Benchetrit, was fatally beaten in a Lithuanian hotel in 2003 by her jealous boyfriend, Bertrand Cantat, the lead rock singer and guitarist of the group, Noir Désir. Apparently, he became outraged when she received a telephone call from her husband. She suffered a cerebral edema as a result of her skull fractures and died four days after the incident. In 2004, Cantat was sentenced to eight years in prison for manslaughter, which was initially appealed by Marie's family, who wished for a heavier sentence. They later canceled their appeal and the judgment was final.
His acting career was interrupted for a couple of years by military service in Germany.
Lent his voice to the widely acclaimed The City of Lost Children (1995).
Raised in and around automobile racing, he was the natural choice of director Claude Lelouch for the role of a race car driver in A Man and a Woman (1966).
Michael Haneke named Jean-Louis and Marlon Brando as his favorite actors.
In 1969, he appeared in two of the Oscar nominees for Best Foreign-Language Film: Z (1969) and My Night at Maud's (1969).
Both Jean-Louis and his Amour (2012) co-star, Emmanuelle Riva, were part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy. She appeared in Three Colors: Blue (1993) while he played the leading male role in Three Colors: Red (1994).
He appeared in two movies that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar in addition to win the Foreign-Language Film category : Z (1969) and Amour (2012).
Both Anouk Aimée and Emmanuelle Riva received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for playing opposite Jean-Louis. Coincidentally, both actresses were playing a character named Anne.
He stated that he was a bit embarrassed when he had to film his erotic scenes with ex-wife Stéphane Audran in Les Biches (1968) right under the eyes of her new husband, director Claude Chabrol.
He appeared in 3 movies with ex-wife Stéphane Audran: Les Biches (1968), Sans mobile apparent (1971) and Boulevard des assassins (1982). They never worked together while they were married.
He was the one to suggest the title for Michael Haneke's Amour (2012).
He called The Conformist (1970) and Amour (2012) the best movies he's ever done.
He called Michael Haneke the greatest director in the world.
He provided the voice of the Narrator (The School Teacher as an Old Man) in the French edition of The White Ribbon (2009). This marked his first collaboration with Michael Haneke.
The year he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at Berlin film festival for his performance in The Man Who Lies (1968), the Silver Bear for Best Actress went to his ex-wife Stéphane Audran for her performance in Les Biches (1968) (where he also appeared).
He stated that, in his entire resume, one hundred titles are better to forget.
He studied acting with Tania Balachova: some of his fellow students were Delphine Seyrig, Michael Lonsdale, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Fresson, Antoine Vitez and his future wife, Stéphane Audran.
He became friends with Valerio Zurlini on the set of Violent Summer (1959). He stayed at his place during the entire shooting of the movie.
Humphrey Bogart and Robert De Niro are two of his favourite Hollywood Actors.
He named Robert Hirsch and Michel Bouquet as the actors who touch him the most.
While shooting Il Sorpasso (1962), he used to spend much time discussing with his co-star Vittorio Gassman how to play Hamlet on the stage (Gassman had already done it). Trintignant's portrayal of the Danish Prince was knocked by critics.
He didn't feel much at ease working with Anouk Aimée on the set of A Man and a Woman (1966), stating that he found her behaviour aloof and that he vastly preferred spending some time with the child actors.
In his autobiography "Du côté d'Uzès", he recounts that, during the shooting of The Sunday Woman (1975), both he and his friend Marcello Mastroianni had set their mind on winning the heart of their co-star, Jacqueline Bisset. They were both unsuccessful.
He was nominated for the 2006 Molière Award for Best Actor for his stage performance in "Moins 2".
For his grave's epitaph, he jokingly suggested the one inscribed on Spike Milligan's tomb: 'I told you I was ill'.
He retired from movies in 2003, but kept working on the stage. He made one exception when he returned to the screen with Amour (2012) and stated that director Michael Haneke is the only person for whom he'd do it again, in either a big or small role. In September 2013, he announced that he would've extended his retirement to stage work as well. His last theatrical appearance was a poetry recital in Antibes on the 2nd October 2013. His promise to do more film work with Haneke is still valid.
Was hired in the leading role of Sergio Corbucci's The Great Silence (1968) as a replacement for Franco Nero. Corbucci rewrote his character as a mute when he learned that Trintignant could not speak English; Trintignant later called Silence his 'favourite part'.

Personal Quotes (6)

The best actors in the world are those who feel the most and show the least.
[on Marcello Mastroianni] Mastroianni fascinates me; there are few people who are more intelligent than they wish to appear. That's Marcello exactly!
[on Gina Lollobrigida] The only leading lady who displeased me. It's wicked to say this now she's a retired old lady, but we had a completely different conception of things: between each shot she called for her hairdresser and make-up man. It was very painful to work under those conditions. And then, she was a little stupid: she understood nothing of what she was doing and completely embarrassed the director.
[on Costa-Gavras] Costa-Gavras is more the classic director of the American cinema of John Ford and those people. His films are a little linear, didactic for a character who is so complex and ambiguous. I love him! We all do, we all call him -- Nadine, myself -- when we're cutting. He can take any film and find ten more minutes to cut.
[on Anouk Aimée] No actress either, like Brigitte Bardot, but extraordinary -- the way Gary Cooper was extraordinary.
[on Catherine Deneuve] At the beginning, not an extraordinary actress. But she has become a formidable one, subtle, full of nuance, sensitive, intelligent. I love working with her.

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