Jean-Paul Belmondo, the outstanding French theatre and film actor died on September 6. According to La Parisien, the artist was 88. His lawyer told the press that Belmondo passed away on Monday. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in the family of Parisian sculptor Paul Belmondeau on April 9, 1933. As a youngster, he chose between the boxing career and that of a theatre actor. He spent several years at a private drama school; his first performances in comedy sketches in French provinces followed. Then, he went to the Conservatoire of Dramatic Arts at the age of 20.
Belmondo's career on stage began in 1953. In 1956, he also first appeared on the screen in, playing the part in the short called Moliere. His first film role was in A Dog, a Mouse and a Sputnik (1958), followed by parts in Be Beautiful But Shut Up (with Alain Delon in his cinema debut) and Young Sinners.
Belmondo received the first lead role in Les Copains du dimanche (1958). Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) made him a major figure in the French New Wave, the art film movement. In 1961, the New York Times called him "the most impressive young French actor since teh advent of the late Gerard Philipe".
Belmondo was widely known for his roles in action films; one of his most iconic appearances was the one in Le Professionel by Georges Lautner (1981).
The last appearance of the prominent French actor was in the biopic called "Belomondo in the eyes of Belmondo" (2015).
Jean-Paul Belmondo is survived by his four children and six grandchildren.