Jean Rochefort


Actor

About

Birth Place
Paris, FR
Born
April 29, 1930

Biography

A well-loved actor in his native France for five decades, the saturnine-faced Jean Rochefort was a staple of light comedies and dramas alike, playing reserved men with hidden wells of emotion in "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" (1972), "Pardon Mon Affaire" (1976) and "The Hairdresser's Husband" (1990). Born Jean Raoul Robert Rochefort on April 29, 1930 in Paris, France to wealthy...

Biography

A well-loved actor in his native France for five decades, the saturnine-faced Jean Rochefort was a staple of light comedies and dramas alike, playing reserved men with hidden wells of emotion in "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" (1972), "Pardon Mon Affaire" (1976) and "The Hairdresser's Husband" (1990). Born Jean Raoul Robert Rochefort on April 29, 1930 in Paris, France to wealthy parents of Breton descent, he began to study acting at the Centre d'Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche in 1949 before joining the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, where his fellow students included Jean-Paul Belmondo and director Claude Rich. He began acting professionally after completing his national service in 1953, working primarily on stage at first before branching into film and television. Rochefort first drew attention with a supporting role opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in the adventure film "Cartouche" (1962), and was soon a staple of costumed swashbuckler dramas, including the popular "Angelique" (1964), with Michele Mercier, and two of its four sequels. He finally earned his breakout roles in 1972, first in "Hearth Fires" as a lawyer who returned to his family after a ten-year absence. Though 41 at the time, he played a man much older than himself, and to aid in the transformation, grew a substantial mustache that would become his trademark for the remainder of his career. That same year, he also starred in in Yves Robert's "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" (1972), playing a police chief who fabricates a drug smuggling case based around a stranger (Pierre Richard) picked at random to distract from efforts to discredit Rochefort. A critical and box office success in both Europe and abroad, it helped to mint Rochefort as a leading man in French cinema, especially in light comedies and often in collaboration with Robert, who directed him in "The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe" (1974), the Golden Globe-nominated sex farce "Pardon Mon Affaire" (1976) and "Courage - Let's Run" (1980), which earned Rochefort a Cesar nomination for Best Actor. Rochefort also enjoyed a successful collaboration with Bertrand Tavernier, whose 1976 historical drama "Let Joy Reign Supreme" brought Rochefort a Cesar for Best Supporting Actor as an atheist priest during the reign of Louis XV. Rochefort would later star in films by such acclaimed directors as Luis Buñuel ("The Phantom of Liberty," 1974), Claude Chabrol ("Dirty Hands," 1975) and Pierre Schoendoerffer, whose 1977 war drama "The "Drummer-Crab") won Rochefort the Cesar for Best Actor. In 1978, he made his English-language debut in Ted Kotcheff's "Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe," but would remain faithful to European cinema throughout the decade, though largely in unremarkable features. Rochefort's career underwent a revival in 1990 through collaborations with Patrice Leconte, including the international hits "The Hairdresser's Husband" (1990) "Ridicule" (1996) and "The Man on the Train" (2002) with fellow French icon Johnny Hallyday, and an appearance with an all-star European cast in Robert Altman's "Pret-a-Porter" (1994), set in the world of Paris fashion. In 2000, he began work on "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," a proposed re-imagining of the Miguel Cervantes novel by Terry Gilliam; the production was plagued by disasters, including an injury to Rochefort that required him to leave the production. He soon recovered and returned to steady work as a character actor in films like "Hell" (2005), based on a script by Krzysztof Kieslowski, Guillame Canet's hit thriller "Tell No One" (2006) and "The Artist and the Model" (2012), which earned him a Best Actor nod at the Goya Awards. While promoting the latter film, Rochefort announced that he was retiring from acting, due largely to the quality of scripts offered to him, all of which, he claimed, concerned "how to get rid of grandpa." Despite this, Rochefort continued to act, and gave his final appearance in "Floride" (2015), Philippe Le Guay's drama about an elderly man who enlists his daughter in an impulsive trip to Florida. Hospitalized in early October 2017, Rochefort died on October 9 of that year at the age of 87; his passing, and significance to French film, was confirmed by that country's cultural minister, Françoise Nyssen, who described him as an "elegant, endearing and beloved actor."

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

April and the Extraordinary World (2015)
Voice
Astérix et Obélix: Au Service de sa Majesté (2012)
El Artista y la Modelo (2012)
Tell No One (2008)
Agathe Clery (2008)
Desaccord Parfait (2007)
La Clef (2007)
I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster (2007)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
L' Enfer (2005)
RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
Lost in La Mancha (2002)
Himself
Man on the Train (2002)
Monsieur Manesquier
Honolulu Baby (2001)
Cri-Cri
The Closet (2001)
Kopel (Company Director)
Wind With the Gone (1999)
Edgar Wexley
Palace (1999)
Rembrandt (1999)
Barracuda (1999)
Clement
Circle of Passion (1998)
In and Out of Fashion (1998)
Never Ever (1997)
Ridicule (1996)
Marquis De Bellegrade
Les Grands Ducs (1996)
Eddie Carpentier
Once a Year, Every Year (1995)
Raffaele
Ready to Wear (1994)
Inspector Tantpis--Prefect Of Police
Tombes du ciel (1993)
Arturo
Cible Emouvante (1993)
Le Bal des Casse-Pieds (1993)
La Promissa Volta il Fuoco (1993)
Amedeo
Tango (1993)
El Largo Invierno (1992)
Atlantide (1992)
Lemesge
The Hairdresser's Husband (1990)
Antoine
Je Suis le seigneur du chateau (1989)
Monsieur Breaud
Tandem (1987)
Michel Mortez
I Miei Primi Quarant'Anni (1987)
Le Moustachu (1987)
La Galette du Roi (1985)
Arnold Iii
Reveillon Chez Bob (1984)
Louis Alban
Surtuz Egy Fekete Bivalyert (1984)
Frankenstein 90 (1984)
Victor Frankenstein
L' Ami de Vincent (1983)
Un Dimanche de Flics (1982)
Rupert
Le Grand Frere (1982)
Rossi
Till Marriage Do Us Part (1982)
Henry--The Frenchman
The Indiscretion (1982)
Alain Tescique
Odio le Blonde (1981)
Donald Rose
Une Etrange Voyage (1981)
Chere Inconnue (1980)
Gilles
Courage Fuyons (1979)
French Postcards (1979)
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978)
August Grandvilliers
Grandison (1978)
Carl Grandison
Le Cavaleur (1978)
Les Innocents aux mains Sales (1978)
Legal
Le Crabe-Tambour (1977)
Nous irons tous au paradis (1977)
Le Diable dans la boite (1977)
Pardon Mon Affaire (1976)
Etienne
Calmos (1975)
Un Divorce Heureux (1975)
Morin
Que la fete commence... (1975)
Abbe
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974)
Isabelle devant le desir (1974)
Vaudois
Le Retour du Grand Blond (1974)
Toulouse
Mio Dio, come sono Caduta in Basso (1974)
Henry
Bel Ordure (1973)
Inspector
Le Complot (1973)
Officer
Salut l'artiste (1973)
Clement
Comment Reussir Quand On Est Con Et Pleurnichard (1973)
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)
Toulouse
L' Horloger de St Paul (1972)
Inspector Guiboud
L' Heritier (1972)
Berthier
L' Oeuf (1971)
Victor
Les Feux de la Chandeleur (1971)
Alexandre
The Devil by the Tail (1969)
Georges
Two Weeks in September (1967)
Philippe
Up to His Ears (1966)
Léon
Symphony for a Massacre (1965)
Jabeke
Cartouche (1964)
La Taupe

Music (Feature Film)

Des Enfants Gates (1994)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Lost in La Mancha (2002)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Frankenstein (2004)
The Count of Monte Cristo (1999)

Life Events

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

1977

Starred in the sequel "Pardon Mon Affaire, Too", again directed by Robert

1977

Credited as song performer on "Des Enfants Gates/Spoiled Children"

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"

1996

Starred in the french film, "Ridicule"

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

2007

Played Jean in "I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster"

2010

Appeared in TV movie "Le grand restaurant"

Bibliography