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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 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.

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 Agathe Clery (2008)
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 Tell No One (2008)
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 Clef, La (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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Education

Paris Conservatoire: -

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