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Born: April 29, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, FR Profession: actor, singer, cabaret performer

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Rochefort has been a staple of the mainstream French cinema for over three decades, first as a character player and second lead in the late 1950s and 60s, a leading man since the 70s and an international star since the 80s. He has also worked extensively in French theater and TV. Though adept with a variety of material, Rochefort tends to fare best in sex farces and other comedies. The handsome, long-faced and somewhat sad-eyed actor convinces as ambiguous establishment figures and law enforcement officials. He trained at the Paris Conservatory--where he was a classmate of future superstar (and co-star) Jean-Paul Belmondo--before joining the military. Upon his return to Paris, Rochefort began performing at a Left Bank cabaret. He segued to small film roles at the end of the 50s.Rochefort first registered in a supporting role in Philippe de Broca's light-hearted adventure "Cartouche" (1962), proving properly stalwart as a lieutenant to French swashbuckler Belmondo. He was also effective as an estranged husband of a liberated woman in the rather pretentious soaper "Les Feux de la chandeleur/Hearth Fires" (1972). Rochefort enjoyed an international hit with the espionage comedy "The Tall Blond Man With...

Rochefort has been a staple of the mainstream French cinema for over three decades, first as a character player and second lead in the late 1950s and 60s, a leading man since the 70s and an international star since the 80s. He has also worked extensively in French theater and TV. Though adept with a variety of material, Rochefort tends to fare best in sex farces and other comedies. The handsome, long-faced and somewhat sad-eyed actor convinces as ambiguous establishment figures and law enforcement officials. He trained at the Paris Conservatory--where he was a classmate of future superstar (and co-star) Jean-Paul Belmondo--before joining the military. Upon his return to Paris, Rochefort began performing at a Left Bank cabaret. He segued to small film roles at the end of the 50s.

Rochefort first registered in a supporting role in Philippe de Broca's light-hearted adventure "Cartouche" (1962), proving properly stalwart as a lieutenant to French swashbuckler Belmondo. He was also effective as an estranged husband of a liberated woman in the rather pretentious soaper "Les Feux de la chandeleur/Hearth Fires" (1972). Rochefort enjoyed an international hit with the espionage comedy "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe" (1972), as Toulouse an ambitious Secret Police officer. This marked the first entry in a long successful collaboration with cabaret performer turned actor turned director Yves Robert. Rochefort reprised his role for the sequel "The Return of the Big Blond" (1974), also directed by Robert. "Variety" deemed him "superlative" in Robert's "Salut l'artiste/Hail the Artist" (1973), a tender if rambling film about struggling small-time actors, as a hammy sidekick of Marcello Mastroianni who resorts to staging promotional supermarket stunts for noodles.

Rochefort shone as the second lead in Bertrand Tavernier's feature directorial debut, "L'Horloger de St. Paul/The Watchmaker of St Paul" (1973), as the seemingly sympathetic police inspector who befriends the shaken father (Philippe Noiret) of an accused murderer. He starred in the popular 1976 sex comedy "Pardon Mon Affaire" (alternately known as "Un Elephant ca trompe enorement/An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive"). Again directed by Robert, Rochefort proved quite likeable as a married would-be rake on the make. He reprised the role for the 1977 sequel "Nous irons tous au paradis/We Will All Go to Heaven/Pardon Mon Affaire, Too." Rochefort made his US film debut in "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" (1978), but most of his French and European projects never made it to the US. Nonetheless he remained a major star on the Continent. American audiences glimpsed him amid the comic tumult of Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear (Pret-a-Porter)" (1994) as Inspector Tantpis, Prefect of Police.

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 Tell No One (2008)
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 Agathe Clery (2008)
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 La Clef (2007)
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 Enfer, L' (2005)
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Met future co-star Jean-Paul Belmondo at the Paris Conservatory
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Served in the French military
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Began performing career in Left Bank cabarets
1958:
Feature debut, "Une Balle dans le Canon"
1962:
Breakthrough supporting role, "Cartouche"; first film with Belmondo
1972:
Played a major supporting role in the international hit "The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe"; first of many collaborations with director Yves Robert
1973:
Starred opposite Philippe Noiret in "L' Horloger de St Paul/The Watchmaker of Saint-Paul"; first film with helmer Bertrand Tavernier (his feature directing debut); first of many collaborations with Noiret
1974:
Appeared in Luis Bunuel's "Le Fantome de la Liberte/The Phantom of Liberty"
1976:
Starred in the international hit "Pardon Mon Affaire", a sex comedy directed by Robert
1977:
Starred in the sequel "Pardon Mon Affaire, Too", again directed by Robert
1977:
Credited as song performer on "Des Enfants Gates/Spoiled Children"
1978:
US film debut, "Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?"
1984:
Starred as Dr Victor Frankenstein in the Gothic comedy "Frankenstein 90"
1989:
Cast in the french film, "Je suis le seigneur du château/I'm the King of the Castle"
1990:
Portrayed the title character in "Le Mari de la coiffeuse/The Hairdresser's Husband"
1994:
Cast in the Robert Altman ensemble, "Prêt-à-Porter/Ready to Wear"
1996:
Starred in the french film, "Ridicule"
2000:
Cast as Don Quixote in Terry Gilliam's "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote"; suffered a double disc hernia during the first week of filming, causing production to be put on hold and later ended production completely
2002:
Co-starred in the French comic-drama, "L'homme du train/The Man on the Train"
2007:
Appeared in the British comedy, "Mr. Bean's Holiday" starring Rowan Atkinson
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Paris Conservatoire: -

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