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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 8, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: France Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, director, butcher's apprentice, porter

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One of the great cinematic anti-heroes of the 1960s and 1970s, French actor Alain Delon brought a sense of daring and insouciant charm to his portrayals of gangsters, hired guns and men of mystery in such international hits as "Purple Noon" (1961), "Le Samourai" (1967), "The Sicilian Clan" (1969) and "Monsieur Klein" (1976). That he appeared, at least in part, to live an outlaw life off the screen as well, with multiple high-profile affairs and alleged connections to organized crime, only furthered his appeal to moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, who were drawn to his icy, implacable calm and Gallic bravado. On occasion, he ventured to Hollywood, but the results were frequently subpar; viewers were not interested in seeing Delon play for laughs opposite Dean Martin in "Texas Across the River" (1964) or as a cardboard hero in "Concorde Airport '79" (1979). He was best served in his native country, where he dominated the box office well into the 1980s before pulling in the reins to focus on marketing his name through a variety of products. On occasion, the lure of the silver screen proved too strong to resist, and he would return to acting on several occasions during the '90s and early 2000s....

One of the great cinematic anti-heroes of the 1960s and 1970s, French actor Alain Delon brought a sense of daring and insouciant charm to his portrayals of gangsters, hired guns and men of mystery in such international hits as "Purple Noon" (1961), "Le Samourai" (1967), "The Sicilian Clan" (1969) and "Monsieur Klein" (1976). That he appeared, at least in part, to live an outlaw life off the screen as well, with multiple high-profile affairs and alleged connections to organized crime, only furthered his appeal to moviegoers on both sides of the Atlantic, who were drawn to his icy, implacable calm and Gallic bravado. On occasion, he ventured to Hollywood, but the results were frequently subpar; viewers were not interested in seeing Delon play for laughs opposite Dean Martin in "Texas Across the River" (1964) or as a cardboard hero in "Concorde Airport '79" (1979). He was best served in his native country, where he dominated the box office well into the 1980s before pulling in the reins to focus on marketing his name through a variety of products. On occasion, the lure of the silver screen proved too strong to resist, and he would return to acting on several occasions during the '90s and early 2000s. Though his famous mane of hair was silvered and the smoothness of his face marked by time, Delon's extraordinary magnetism remained untouched by the decades - irrefutable proof of his status as one of France's most enduring leading men.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Battant, Le (1983) Director
2.
  Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Death Instinct (2009)
3.
 Les Acteurs (2000) Himself
4.
 Une Chance sur Deux (1998) Julien Vignal
5.
 Jour et la nuit, Le (1997) Alexandre
6.
 One Hundred and One Nights (1995) Actor For A Day
7.
 Teddy Bear, The (1994) Jean Riviere
8.
 Un Crime (1993)
9.
 Retour de Casanova, Le (1992) Casanova
10.
 Dancing Machine (1990) Alan Wolf
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Milestones close milestones

1953:
Enlisted in the French Marines at age 17 (date approximate)
1953:
Served in Indochina in the French Marine Corps; was a parachutist during the siege at Dienbienphu
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Discovered by film director Yves Allegret
1957:
Screen acting debut in "Quand la femme s'en mele", directed by Allegret
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Began playing leading roles in films including "Christine" (1959)
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Acted in a Paris stage production of playwright John Ford's famous drama, "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore", directed by Luchino Visconti
1964:
Formed Delbeau Productions (which only oversaw two films); had producer credits on "L'Insoumis" and "Journal d'un combat"
1964:
English language debut in the British comedy, "The Yellow Rolls-Royce"
1965:
First of several US films, "Once a Thief"
1967:
Acted onstage in "Les yeux creves"
1967:
Acted in the first of three important films with director-screenwriter Jean-Pierre Melville, "Le samourai/The Samurai"
1968:
Formed Adel Productions, which produced most of Delon's starring vehicles for the next twenty years, as well as other films not featuring Delon (or with him in a guest appearances or cameo)
1968:
Delon and his wife Natalie centrally involved in a sex, drug and murder scandal with which a number of celebrities and prominent politicians were connected; the body of Delon's bodyguard was found in a garbage dump; Delon was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing, though the incident did highlight underworld connections of long standing to which he admitted
1969:
First of many collaborations with director Jacques Deray, "La piscine/The Swimming Pool"
1973:
Rare return to US-produced film, "Scorpio"
1977:
First work with screenwriter Christopher Frank, "L'homme presse/Man in a Hurry", in which Delon starred
1979:
Last US credit to date, "The Concorde--Airport '79"
1981:
Directed first film, "Pour la peau d'un flic/For a Cop's Hide", in which he starred and for which he also co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Frank
1982:
Directed a second feature film, "La Battant/The Cache", in which he also starred and for which he co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Frank
1984:
Accused the Cannes Film Festival and French culture minister Jack Lang of using political manipulation to keep Bertrand Blier's film, "Notre Histoire/Our Story", which Delon starred in and co-produced, out of the festival
1986:
Last film by Adel Productions, "La Passage/The Passage"
1987:
Formed new production company, Leda Productions
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Notes

Delon was named a Chevalier, Legion d'Honneur, Commander des Arts et des Lettres.

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wife:
Nathalie Delon. Actor, director. Married 1964; divorced 1969; Nathalie Delon was her professional name.
companion:
Rosalie Van Breeman. Former model.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Fabien Delon.
mother:
Edith Delone.
son:
Anthony Delon. Actor.
daughter:
Anouchka Delon.
son:
Alain-Fabien Delon. Born in 1994; mother Rosalie Van Breeman.
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