Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in the Neuilly-on-Seine on April
9 1933 from a father sculptor and a mother painter. He very
young person is impassioned by the sport (he practises football
and boxing) and thinks of making a sporting career, but he dreams
to become actor. He directs himself then towards the comedy
and enters to the national academy of dramatic art in 1952.
One of its Profs, declares one day to him, that with the head
which it has, it will be able to never take a woman in her arms
because it would not be credible. Jean-Paul gives him twists,
at least in its private, since in 1953 it marries Elodie, a
dancer, with whom it will have three children: Patricia, Florence
Its first appearance with the cinema is done in "Would
be beautiful and keep silent" of 1957 and its first important
role is entrusted to him by Claude Sautet in "Class all
risks". With "A boils of breath" of Jean-Luc
Godard, Jean-Paul really appears and asserts himself by his
technique of inimitable play.
most famous scenario writers claims it and it connects films
with success: "Cartridge", "the man of Rio",
"Pierrot the insane one", "the siren of the Mississippi",
"Doctor Popaul", "the doulos" and well of
others still. It carries out all the cascades of its films,
in particular in "Fear on the city" of Henri Verneuil
and multiplies with the turning of the Eighties the triumphs
with the boxoffice, with George Lautner for "Cop or hooligan"
or "the Professional" or with Gerard Oury for "the
Ace of the Aces" in 1982.
In 1987, nearly 30 years after having left the boards, it goes
up on a scene of theatre for the greatest happiness of the public.
From this moment it is divided between cinema and theatre. Claude
Lelouch offers roles to him emblematic ("Route of a child
spoiled" into 1988 who is worth César of the best
actor to him. or "Poor wretches" in 1995). In 1989,
Jean-Paul meets Natty (it married it in 2002)
He plays for Cédric Klapisch in ' Can -être' and
in 2000 in ' Acteurs' de Bertrand Blier, his last great role
with the cinema, since he devotes himself more and more to the
theatre. In spite of problems cardio- vascular, Jean-Paul Belmondo
remains large in love with the life and with have with his wife
a fourth child (Stella, born on August 13, 2003).