Jean-Louis Trintignant

French Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant

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Jean-Louis Trintignant (born 11 December 1930) is a French actor who has enjoyed an international acclaim. He won the Best Actor Award at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

Trintignant was born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France, the son of Claire (née Tourtin) and Raoul Trintignant, an industrialist. At the age of twenty, Trintignant moved to Paris to study drama, and made his theatrical debut in 1951 going on to be seen as one of the most gifted French actors of the post-war era. After touring in the early 1950s in several theater productions, his first motion picture appearance came in 1955 and the following year he gained stardom with his performance opposite Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman.

Trintignant’s acting was interrupted for several years by mandatory military service. After serving in Algiers, he returned to Paris and resumed his work in film. He had the leading male role in the classic A Man and a Woman, which at the time was the most successful French film ever screened in the foreign market.

In Italy, he was always dubbed into Italian, and his work stretched into collaborations with renowned Italian directors, including Sergio Corbucci in The Great Silence, Valerio Zurlini in Violent Summer and The Desert of the Tartars, Ettore Scola in La terrazza, Bernardo Bertolucci in The Conformist, and Dino Risi in the cult film The Easy Life.

Throughout the 1970s, Trintignant starred in numerous films and in 1983 he made his first English language feature film, Under Fire. Following this, he starred in François Truffaut's final film, Confidentially Yours, and reprised his best-known role in the sequel A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later.

In 1994, he starred in Krzysztof Kieślowski's last film, Three Colors: Red.

Though he takes an occasional film role, he has, as of late, been focusing essentially on his stage work.

After a 14-year gap, Trintignant came back on screen for Michael Haneke's film Amour. Haneke had sent Trintignant the script, which had been written specifically for him. Trintignant said that he chooses which films he works in on the basis of the director, and said of Haneke that "he has the most complete mastery of the cinematic discipline, from technical aspects like sound and photography to the way he handles actors".

Birth Date
Age 88
Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
  • Actor
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Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
2019 The Best Years of a Life Actor 0.00
2017 Happy End Austria, France, Germany Georges Laurent Actor 0.00
2012 Amour France, Austria, Germany Georges Laurent Actor 0.00
1998 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train France Jean-Baptiste Emmerich Actor 0.00
1996 A Self-Made Hero France Albert Dehousse (old) Actor 0.00
1994 Three Colors: Red France, Poland, Switzerland Richter Joseph Kern Actor 0.00
1991 Thank You, Life France le colonel SS Actor 0.00
1985 Rendez-vous France Scrutzler Actor 0.00
1983 Under Fire United States Marcel Jazy Actor 0.00
1983 Confidentially Yours France Julien Vercel Actor 0.00
1982 Le Grand pardon France Le commissaire Duché Actor 0.00
1980 The Terrace Italy Enrico Actor 0.00
1976 The Desert of the Tartars Italy, France, Germany Magg. Med. Rovine Actor 0.00
1975 Flic Story Italy, France Emile Buisson Actor 0.00
1974 Love at the Top France, Italy Nicolas Mallet Actor 0.00
1973 The Last Train France, Italy Julien Maroyeur Actor 0.00
1970 Ramparts of Clay Algeria, France Entrepreneur Actor 0.00
1970 The Conformist Italy, Germany, France Marcello Clerici Actor 0.00
1969 Z Algeria, France Examining Magistrate Actor 0.00
1969 My Night at Maud's France Jean-Louis Actor 0.00
1968 The Great Silence Italy, France Silence Actor 0.00
1968 Bad Girls Italy, France Paul Thomas Actor 0.00
1966 A Man and a Woman France Jean-Louis Duroc Actor 0.00
1966 Trans-Europ-Express France, Belgium Elias Actor 0.00
1965 Angelique: The Road To Versailles France, Italy, Germany Claude le Petit, dit Le poète croté Actor 0.00
1965 The Sleeping Car Murder France Éric Grandin Actor 0.00
1962 Il Sorpasso Italy Roberto Mariani Actor 0.00
1959 Dangerous Liaisons France, Italy Danceny Actor 0.00
1959 Violent Summer Italy, France Carlo Caremoli Actor 0.00
1956 ...And God Created Woman France Michel Tardieu Actor 0.00

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