Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of the most iconic French actors of the 20th Century and a leading face of the French New Wave, has died at the age of 88.
The actor’s agent confirmed the news to the AFP news agency. French press reported he died peacefully at his home in Paris.
Belmondo began acting in the theater in the 1950s before breaking into film later that decade. His first collaboration with Jean-Luc Godard came in the 1958 short Charlotte And Her Boyfriend. Shortly after, while having success on stage, he began to be offered lead roles in film, appealing in the 1960 gangster movie Consider All Risks with Lino Venture.
His next lead role was in Godard’s debut feature Breathless, which cemented the actor’s position as a leading man in the French New Wave. Starring Belmondo as a wandering criminal named Michel, the film was an instant hit, and has had an enduring legacy as a seminal entry in European cinema.