The son of the renowned French sculptor Paul Belmondo, he studied at Conservatoire National Superieur d'Art Dramatique (CNSAD); after the minor stage performances he made his screen debut in A pé, a cavalo e de automóvel (1957) but the episodes with his participation were cut before release. However, the breakthrough role in Jean-Luc Godard's O Acossado (1960) made him one of the key figures in the French New Wave. Since mid-60s he completely switched to commercial mainstream pictures and became a big comedy and action star in France.

Following the example of Alain Delon he founded his own production company Cerito named after his grandmother's maiden name. In 1989 he was awarded Cesar for his performance in Itinerário de uma Vida (1988) . Recently he returned to stage performing in the Theatre Mar...

Jean-Paul Belmondo sur le tournage du film 'Tendre voyou' de Jean Becker en 1966.
Photos © Tony Frank