French Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo Dies
14:25 GMT 06.09.2021 (Updated: 17:59 GMT 06.09.2021)
Born in 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris, Belmondo was one of the greatest French film stars who shone brightest between the Sixties and the Eighties.
French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo has died at the age of 88, media reported, citing his lawyer, Michel Godest.
Netizens have been paying their last respects to the legendary actor.
Before developing an interest in acting, Belmondo had a brief sports career as an amateur boxer. He was also one of the founders of the Paris Saint-Germain football club, which is why his death is being mourned not only by film fans.
"Jean-Paul Belmondo is dead. Sports lover, boxer in his youth, tennis player on occasion, he stood at the origin of the creation of PSG and former vice-president of the club, he died at the age of 88."
French President Emmanuel Macron took to Twitter to express his condolences over the death of the famous actor.
"He will remain Le Magnifique [The Magnificent] forever. Jean-Paul Belmondo was a national treasure, full of jokes and laughter, bold of speech and nimble of body, a magnificent hero and a familiar figure, a tireless brave heart and a magician of words. We all find ourselves in him."
Belmondo's route into films started when he was noticed by filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who asked him to appear in his short film 'Charlotte et Son Jules' in 1958. In 1960, Godard invited Belmondo again to star in 'Breathless', which became one of the iconic films of the French New Wave and earned the actor true fame.
Belmondo's other notable works include 'The Lovemakers', 'A Monkey in Winter', 'Ace of Aces', 'The Professional' and 'The Loner'.