Jean Rochefort

Jean Rochefort

actor, director, writer

Jean Rochefort was born on Apr 29, 1930 in France. Jean Rochefort's big-screen debut came with Rencontre à Paris directed by Georges Lampin in 1956, strarring L'interne (uncredited). Jean Rochefort is known for April and the Extraordinary World directed by Christian Desmares, Marion Cotillard stars as Avril and Marc-André Grondin as Julius. Jean Rochefort has got 8 awards and 10 nominations so far. The most recent award Jean Rochefort achieved is Lumiere Awards, France. The upcoming new movie Jean Rochefort plays is April and the Extraordinary World which will be released on Apr 08, 2016.

French character star Jean Rochefort expressed an interest in acting early in life. Born in 1930, he trained at the Paris Conservatoire but had to halt his studies due to military service. Relocating to Paris, he developed a minor name for himself in cabaret and stage plays. He also worked with the Grenier-Hussenot company at this time and acted in TV drama. Throughout his career Rochefort would return sporadically to the theatre as both actor and director. Films took his immediate focus in the late 50s and he became an audience favorite in roguish costumers and adventure films, particularly those of director Philippe de Broca, including Cartouche (1962), Les tribulations d'un Chinois en Chine (1965) and Le Diable par la queue (1969). By the 70s, Rochefort's reputation as a comedy star of sex farces and black comedies was firmly established, culminating with his classic roles in Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (1972), Conspiratia (1973), Le fantôme de la liberté (1974), Affreux, sales et méchants (1976) and Un éléphant ça trompe énormément (1976). He won the Cesar Award (French equivalent of the Oscar) for best supporting actor in L'horloger de Saint-Paul (1974) and the best actor trophy for Le Crabe-Tambour (1977). Though he branched out internationally in later years, he earned more kudos for his work in French-made films, especially those directed by Patrice Leconte: Tandem (1987), Le mari de la coiffeuse (1990) and the Oscar-nominated Ridicule (1996). Most recently he won praise co-starring as a retired teacher of poetry opposite actor Johnny Hallyday in L'homme du train (2002). Despite his obvious comedic electricity, he has touched audiences as well playing dying naval captains, paraplegics, and timorous, elderly dreamers, often drawing both humor and pathos simultaneously from his characters. Not as well known by America's standards, his sunken, weary features, ever-searching eyes, ever-present moustache and prominent nose are unmistakable in the over 80 films he's graced. A lifetime dream was to play Don Quixote on film and his wish was nearly fulfilled until he took seriously ill and the project had to be indefinitely shelved after only a few days of filming. Rochefort received a special life's achievement Cesar award in 1999. He died on October 9, 2017 in Paris, France.

  • Birthday

    Apr 29, 1930
  • Place of Birth

    Paris, France

Known For


8 wins & 10 nominations

Lumiere Awards, France
Best Actor (Meilleur comédien)
Winner - Lumiere Award
Venice Film Festival
Best Actor
Winner - Audience Award
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