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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 11, 1930 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Piolenc, Vaucluse, FR Profession: actor, screenwriter, director

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Coolly cerebral and internal where French New Wave peers Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon leaned toward the physical and intense, Jean-Louis Trintignant enjoyed a five-decade career as an actor in some of arthouse cinema's most acclaimed films, from "And God Created Woman" (1956) and "A Man and a Woman" (1966) to "Z" (1969), "Three Colors: Red: (1994) and "Amour" (2012). His languid features and economical performing style earmarked him for young romantics, which he personified in Claude Lelouch's international success "A Man and a Woman." But Trintignant resisted pigeonholing, preferring instead to play complicated, challenged figures on both sides of the law in dozens of political dramas and crime dramas during the late 1960s and early 1970s, most notably "The Conformist" (1970), as a faceless factotum who traded his basic values for social acceptance. His international profile faded in the 1980s, but he enjoyed returns to prominence with Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors: Red" (1994) and Michael Haneke's "Amour" (2012). Though never a major international star, Trintignant's vast and critically revered body of work made him one of the most respected actors of the 20th century on both sides of...

Coolly cerebral and internal where French New Wave peers Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon leaned toward the physical and intense, Jean-Louis Trintignant enjoyed a five-decade career as an actor in some of arthouse cinema's most acclaimed films, from "And God Created Woman" (1956) and "A Man and a Woman" (1966) to "Z" (1969), "Three Colors: Red: (1994) and "Amour" (2012). His languid features and economical performing style earmarked him for young romantics, which he personified in Claude Lelouch's international success "A Man and a Woman." But Trintignant resisted pigeonholing, preferring instead to play complicated, challenged figures on both sides of the law in dozens of political dramas and crime dramas during the late 1960s and early 1970s, most notably "The Conformist" (1970), as a faceless factotum who traded his basic values for social acceptance. His international profile faded in the 1980s, but he enjoyed returns to prominence with Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors: Red" (1994) and Michael Haneke's "Amour" (2012). Though never a major international star, Trintignant's vast and critically revered body of work made him one of the most respected actors of the 20th century on both sides of the pond.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Maitre-Nageur, Le (1979) Director
2.

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Instinct de l'Ange, L' (2008) The Colonel
2.
 Words In Progress (2004) Himself
3.
 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998) Jean-Baptiste Emmerich; Lucien
4.
 Tykho Moon (1997) Doctor
5.
 Self-Made Hero, A (1996) Albert Dehousse (Old)
6.
 Les Menteurs (1996)
7.
 City of Lost Children, The (1995) Voice Of Irvin
8.
 Fiesta (1995)
9.
 Red (1994) Judge Joseph Kern
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1951:
Made theater debut in "To Each According to His Hunger"
1956:
Film debut, "If All the Guys in the World..."
1956:
Breakthrough film role, acting opposite Brigitte Bardot in "And God Created Woman" from director Roger Vadim
:
Screen career interrupted when recruited into military service in Algeria for three years
1966:
Rediscovered in film, "Un Homme et une Femme/A Man and a Woman" directed by Claude Lelouch
1972:
Credited as dialogue collaborator in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris"
1973:
Directorial debut, "Une journée bien remplie ou Neuf meurtres insolites dans une même journée par un seul homme dont ce n'est pas le métier"; also co-wrote with Vincenzo Labella
1983:
First English language film, "Under Fire" opposite Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman
1983:
Starred in François Truffaut's final film "Confidentially Yours"
1986:
Reprised role in "A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later," again directed by Claude Lelouch
1994:
Starred in "Red" the third part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors Trilogy"; film was also director's last film
1998:
Played dual roles in "Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train/Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train"
2003:
Appeared in French comedy "Janis and John"
2012:
Co-starred with Emmanuelle Riva as an elderly couple whose relationship is tested in "Amour"
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Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Stephane Audran. Actor. Divorced.
wife:
Nadine Trintignant. Director, screenwriter. Married in 1960; divorced.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Marie Trintignant. Actor. Born on JAnuary 21, 1962; mother, Nadine Trintignant.
son:
Vincent Trintignant.

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