Jean-Paul Charles Belmondo (born 9 April 1933 in Neuilly-sur-Seine), often nicknamed "Bébel", is a French actor
He started a boxing career before shifting to acting. His rise to national and international stardom came with the French New Wave, with films such as Breathless and Pierrot le Fou. He went on to become one of the highest-grossing actors at the French box officenote , and remained a steady leading man in French cinema throughout the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s, most often playing Anti Heroes in crime films or hamming it up as dashing Action Heroes in action comediesnote , Aces, Lovable Rogues, Casanovas, Cowboy Cops or any role falling in-between. Such characters tend to be showy and very sarcastic, and he was also a prime example of No Stunt Double, as he did much of the stunt work in his films on his own between 1962 and 1987, which caused him plenty of injuries.
He suffered a stroke in 2001 and did not reappear on the big screen until 2009. He then took a similar break in acting until it was announced in 2018 that he will return in a sequel to 1988's Itinerary of a Spoiled Child.
He was the model for Jean-Michel Charlier and Mbius' western comics classic Blueberry as well as the titular character of Space Adventure Cobra, and was even the namesake of the vampire-slaying family of Castlevania.
- Breathless (1960) as Michel Poiccard
- Two Women (La Ciociara, 1960) as Michele
- Une femme est une femme (1961) as Alfred
- Leon Morin, Priest (1961) as Léon Morin
- A Monkey in Winter (1962) as Gabriel Fouquet
- Cartouche (1962) as Louis Dominique Bourguignon a.k.a. "Cartouche"
- Le Doulos (1963) as Silien
- Magnet of Doom (1963) as Michel Maudet
- That Man from Rio (1964) as Adrien Dufourquet
- Weekend at Dunkirk (1964) as Julien Maillat
- Pierrot le Fou (1965) as Ferdinand Griffon a.k.a. "Pierrot"
- Chinese Adventures in China (1965) as Alexandrine Pinardel
- Is Paris Burning? (1966) as Yvon Morandat
- Casino Royale (1967) as a French legionnaire
- The Brain (1969) as Arthur Lespinasse
- Mississippi Mermaid (1969) as Louis Mahé
- Borsalino (1970) as François Capella
- La Scoumoune (1972) as Roberto Borgo
- Le Magnifique (1973) as François Merlin / Bob Saint-Clar
- Stavisky (1974) as Alexandre Stavisky
- Peur sur la ville (1975) as Jean Letellier
- Body of my Enemy (1976) as François Leclercq
- Hunter Will Get You (1976) a.k.a. L'Alpagueur, as Roger Pilard
- Cop or Hood (1979) as divisional commissioner Stanislas Borowitz
- Le Guignolo (1980) as Alexandre Dupré
- Le Professionnel (1981) as Josselin "Joss" Beaumont
- Ace of Aces (1982) as Georges "Jo" Cavalier
- Le Marginal (1983) as Commissionner Philippe Jordan
- The Vultures (1984) as Pierre Augagneur
- Hold-up (1985) as Grimm
- The Loner (1987) as Stan Jalard
- Itinerary of a Spoiled Child (1988) as Sam Lion
- Itinerary of a Spoiled Child sequel (TBA)
- Les Misérables (1995) as Henri Fortin / Jean Valjean
- Half a Chance (1998) as Léo Brassac
- Maybe (1999) as Ako
- A Man and His Dog (2009) as Charles
Notable stage roles
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1990, Théâtre Marigny, Paris) as Cyrano
Tropes in his works:
- The "The" Title: Many of his most popular films' titles start with "le" (French masculine translation of "the"): Le Doulos, Le Magnifique, Le Guignolo, Le Professionnel, Le Marginal...