French screen icon Jean-Louis Trintignant dies aged 91
Jean-Louis Trintignant, a well-known French actor who appeared in over 100 films, has died at the age of 91. Three Colors: Red, Z, The Conformist, and Amour – which won an Oscar and the Palme d’Or – starred Trintignant.
In 2003, after his daughter Marie was battered to death by her rock star boyfriend, the celebrity received widespread popular sympathy in France. His wife informed the AFP news agency that he died early Friday in the southern Gard region “surrounded by loved ones.”
Trintignant, who was born on December 11, 1930, grew up in the midst of the horrors of World War Two and was sent as a young conscript to Algeria, then a French territory.
Trintignant’s difficult childhood was supposed to explain his willingness to excel in difficult characters, such as thugs and criminals, during the course of a career that spanned more than six decades.
His first notable film role was alongside Brigitte Bardot, with whom he apparently had a brief and highly publicised romance while filming the 1956 romantic comedy And God Created Woman.
Trintignant was known for shunning the spotlight, stating in one of his final interviews with the French newspaper Nice-Matin that stardom “didn’t interest” him.
He was able to put his enthusiasm for motor racing to bear, most memorably as a driver in the 1966 film A Man and a Woman.
The death of Trintignant’s actress daughter Marie in 2003, as well as her musician boyfriend Bertrand Cantat’s murder conviction, shocked France, and Trintignant was seen sobbing at her funeral.
Trintignant had previously lost another child, Pauline, as a baby. A cancer-stricken Trintignant made his final appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in 2019 after a career that spanned more than six decades and included attempts at directing.
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