Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant died | The press

(Paris) Key figure in French cinema and theatre, famous for his role in A man and a womanJean-Louis Trintignant died on Friday at the age of 91.

Updated yesterday at 2:10pm.

Jean-François GUYOT
Media Agency France

The actor from And God created woman and loveThe critically ill man “died peacefully of old age this morning at his home in the Gard (South of France), surrounded by his loved ones,” his wife and family members said in a statement sent to AFP.

His funeral will be private.

The life of the actor with the enveloping voice was marked by several dramas, including the death of his daughter Marie, actress, who was beaten in 2003 by her companion, the singer Bertrand Cantat. Drama that caused a stir and never recovered from it.


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Jean-Louis Trintignant and his ex-wife Nadine Trintignant at the funeral of their daughter Marie in 2003.

“It’s all shattered inside me,” he confided after the tragedy that prompted him to move away from the sets for ten years.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday hailed the memory of an “enormous artistic talent” who “accompanied our lives a little through French cinema”. “It’s a page turning,” added the head of state, citing the actor’s “soft voice.”

Entered the history of cinema A man and a woman by Claude Lelouch, where he played a racing driver in love with Anouk Aimée on the beach at Deauville, Jean-Louis Trintignant won an interpretation prize at the Cannes Film Festival Z by Costa-Gavras in 1969 and a César for Best Actor for love by Michael Haneke, Golden Palm 2012.

He had his last appearance on the big screen in 2019 The best years of a lifewhere he found his partner Anouk Aimée and director Claude Lelouch.


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Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival

He also made a quick on-camera appearance during the Cesar 2021 ceremony, where he appeared very reduced.

A voice and a smile

“He was the first actor to say yes to me. Seven films, he offered me his talent seven times,” said Claude Lelouch, touched, on RTL radio and praised “the most beautiful voice we’ve heard in theater and cinema.” “He gave us his scars. He was a remarkable man […] I owe him everything,” he continued.

“After Belmondo there is another brother going and I’m upset,” responded Alain Delon, 86, who filmed with him, to AFP cop story by Jacques Deray (1975).


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Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva in the film love by Michael Hanke

“He was someone rare, bewildering in a good way. A great actor. He worked with his tape recorder in his hand and said poetry all his life, and at the end of his life, so the last four years, he shocked everyone by saying wonderful poems in a wonderful way. And he’s made great films, Lelouch of course, but there’s that too The Conformist, RedGreat movies at last,” responded on BFMTV from his ex-wife Nadine Trintignant, mother of his children.

“He embodied, role after role, all the passions and all the torments of humanity,” French culture minister Rima Abdul Malak tweeted.

His phlegm, his voice and his magnetism make his presence recognizable to millions of viewers around the world.

Born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc, southern France, the son of an industrialist took comedy lessons from Charles Dullin in Paris before making his stage debut in 1951.


Photo by FRANÇOIS GUILLOT, Agence France-Presse archives

Jean-Louis Trintignant and his daughter Marie in the room Comedy on a train platform in 2001

It’s the movie And God created woman (1956), by Roger Vadim, which it resoundingly reveals. He and Brigitte Bardot, his co-star, play a gutted husband. In real life, however, the opposite happens. A love passion is born with “BB”.

He will then chain successful films alongside all the leading cinema directors: Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch, Éric Rohmer, Michael Haneke, Claude Chabrol or Patrice Chéreau. In total, he has acted in almost 120 films.

He had left the cinema after receiving the César for his role in love.

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