Jean-Louis Trintignant (December 11, 1930 - June 17, 2022) was a French actor.
He was one of the staples of European cinema in The '60s, both mainstream and arthouse. He came back to the limelight with his role in Krzysztof Kieślowski's Red, and has gained much acclaim for his roles in 2010s films by Michael Haneke. He appeared in 130 films in his career.
He was briefly married to Stéphane Audran in 1954-1956 and had an affair with Brigitte Bardot at the time. He married director and scriptwriter Nadine Marquand (who took his name and kept it even after their divorce) in 1961 and has had three children with her, actress Marie (1962 - 2003), Pauline (died when she was 9 months old) and producer/filmmaker Vincent (1973, last surviving).
In 2017 he declared having cancer but refused treatments. He lost eyesight in 2021, and passed away on June 17, 2022 at age 91.
Films with pages on TV Tropes
- And God Created Woman (1956)
- Austerlitz (1960)
- Il sorpasso (1962)
- Is Paris Burning? (1966)
- A Man and a Woman (1966)
- Death Laid an Egg (1968)
- Crime Thief (1969)
- Z (1969)
- My Night at Maud's (1969)
- The Conformist (1970)
- That Night in Varennes (1982)
- Confidentially Yours (1983)
- Under Fire (1983)
- Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994) note
- Amour (2012)
- Happy End (2017)
- The Generic Guy: He played decent but bland characters on a regular basis.
- Older Than They Look: He played a young law student well into his thirties.
- What Could Have Been: Steven Spielberg offered him the role of Claude Lacombe in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and he declined (and so did Lino Ventura). The role went to François Truffaut instead.