Reuters Charles Platiau
The famous French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo died at his home today, Monday, at the age of 89, according to Agence France-Presse, citing his lawyer, Michel Godist.
Foodist explained that Belmondo “has been very exhausted lately,” adding, “He gave up quietly,” without revealing the cause of his death.
Jean-Paul Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, where he became a boxing champion at the age of 17. In 1960, Belmondo played a secondary role in one of the films of the French producer Jean-Luc Godard, and then became a shining star in French cinema. Belmondos roles varied between cinema, theater and comedy films.
Belmondo, nicknamed “Pebel”, acted in eighty films, and many of his roles remain engraved in the French cinematic memory, especially “action” films such as “Borsalino” and “The Professional”.
Belmondo suffered a stroke in 2001 that temporarily halted his career before returning in 2008 in “A Man and His Dog”, where he played a man with special needs. He was awarded the Cesar Prize in 1988 for his film “The Biography of a Spoiled Child”. He was also awarded the French National Order of Merit and the French Legion of Honor.