Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, one of the great legends of French film acting, has died at the age of 91, his family told the French press. The actor died “quietly, as a result of old age, this morning at his house and surrounded by his loved ones,” said his wife, Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant.
Trintignant is one of those faces that have enhanced every film since it became popular thanks to the Nouvelle Vague, although it was his roles in Costa-Gavras’s Z, for which he won Best Actor at Cannes, and A Man and a Woman. woman, by Claude Lelouch, which gave him more popularity.
At the end of his career, he achieved one of his best performances thanks to Michael Haneke, who in Amour gave him a moving lead that earned him the Best Actor award at the European Film Awards. An unforgettable performance alongside Emmanuelle Riva in a film to remember for which he won his only César Award (the French Goya).
With more than 120 films behind him, Trintignant has worked at the helm of some of the best film directors of recent decades, such as Roger Vadim, Claude Lelouch, François Truffaut, Costa-Gravras or Michael Haneke, and his filmography is a review to the history of French cinema.
The actor began his career in the theater, and in 1955 he made his debut in his first film, TKX does not answer, but it was thanks to his performance in And God Created Women a year later that he would achieve fame. His role in Roger Vadim’s film and alongside Brigitte Bardot began a career that would grow until he became one of the great acting legends of French cinema.
He abandoned acting to serve in Algiers and to do compulsory military service, but on his return he continued to build a career that had another of his milestones in A Man and a Woman, by Claude Lelouch, in 1966. A role that was offered to him by his closeness to the world of car racing, since he gave life to a driver and he was the nephew of Louis Trintignant -who died in an accident in 1933- and Maurice Trintignant, Formula 1 driver and two-time winner of the Grand Prix of Monaco. He was not only a legend in France, but he also worked with the best of Italian cinema. He did it for Tinto Brass in With the Heart in the Throat (1967); for Bernardo Bertolucci in El conformista (1979); and for Etore Scola in The Terrace in 1980.