French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo, dies at the age of 88; leaves behind a legacy

One of the members of the French New Wave cinema movement, Belmondo went on to become a famous entity, and acted in almost in 80 films of different genres.

PARIS: French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo was a renowned star throughout 1960s. Being associated with the New Wave, which was a French art film movement in the late 1950s, Belmondo was in the limelight for the very first time, and this helped him getting his first ever short film, “Moliere (1956)”.

Soon, Belmondo started getting numerous film offers from across the French film industry, and this helped him deliver his best work in films like “Breathless (1960)” and “That Man from Rio (1964)”. There is no doubt in saying that throughout his career, Belmondo worked hard and gave terrific performances on the big screen.

At the same time, it can also be said that Belmondo had the blood of an artist since the very beginning because both his parents were artists, too. Belmondo’s father, Paul Belmondo, was a Pied-Noir Sculptor, and his mother, Sarah Rainaud-Richard, was a painter.

Interestingly, Belmondo was interested in boxing in his early school days, and this passion in him led to his first amateur boxing debut in the year 1949 in Paris, when he knocked out Rene Desmarais in first round itself. Though, Belmondo’s boxing career was undefeated, but it was brief. When asked why did he gave up boxing as he was too good, he said, “I stopped when the face I saw in the mirror began to change.”

Later in his school days, Belmondo became interested in acting, and to get deeper into this field, he joined a private drama school from where he began performing comedy sketches in the provinces. Finally, all this hard work paid off and Belmondo became the kind of actor for whom 130 million cinema tickets were sold and bought.

As they say, even if the artist leaves, their art always stays, so is the case with Belmondo. Known as “Bebel” in France, Belmondo was also often called “Le Magnifique” (The Magnificent), and undoubtedly, this title would always be used before his name.

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