JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO – REMEBERED FOR LIFE

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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

The acting industry is a career many people strive for. Once in the business, a young actor’s fame begins. Jean-Paul Belmondo is a French actor who starred in the movie Breathless. Breathless was filmed in 1960, so it is an older film. The iconic movie was famous everywhere.                             

Jean-Paul Belmondo was born on April 9, 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France to Paul and Sarah Belmondo. Growing up, Belmondo trained to become a boxer, which was his dream. He found acting as a teenager and “eventually landed a spot at France’s national drama conservatory” (npr.org). He starred in a variety of different movies, his most famous being Breathless. Belmondo played in many other movies like Cop or Hood playing a Paris police inspector, Borsalino as a gangster, and Le Professionnel as a secret service agent. 

Unfortunately, he had a stroke in 2001 leaving him paralyzed on the right side of his body. He could not speak for half a year and had to go through rehabilitation. Once Belmondo was recovered, he starred in his last film A Man and His Dog in 2008 playing an elderly pensioner who became homeless. Sadly, Belmondo passed on September 6, 2021, at the age of 88 in his home in Paris, France. His death was caused by horrible health after having a stroke. Belmondo’s iconic roles will never be forgotten by older generations.

People all over the world are grieving for his loss and remembering him by posting stories and memories about him. The French President, Emmanuel Macron, mourned and stated that Belmondo was “a national treasure” and that “he will forever remain Le Magnifique” (npr.org). The director of the film Baby Driver, Edgar Wright, said that since Belmondo has passed, “the cinema will never be quite as cool again” (npr.org).