Jean-Louis Trintignant was born in 1930 in Piolenc in the South of France as the son of a wealthy industrialist. He moved to Paris in 1950 to study drama and appeared in a number of theatre productions in the early 1950s including Britannicus, Don Juan and Responsabilité Limitée.
His first major film role came in Roger Vadim’s international hit Et Dieu crea la femme (And God Created Woman, 1956) opposite Brigitte Bardot. The film brought him widespread attention, but his career was interrupted soon after by compulsory military service in Algiers.
By the time he returned from duty, he’d made up his mind to give up acting, but an offer to star as Hamlet in Paris changed his mind. Critical acclaim lead to further film roles in Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses alongside Jean Moreau and Gerard Phillipe, ...