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French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo dies aged 88

Jean-Paul Belmondo has died (Picture: Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo has died aged 88. 

The lawyer for the star confirmed the news to AFP.

Belmondon was one of the biggest stars to come out of the 1960s New Wave and was one of French cinema’s most famous actors in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

He was best known for his roles in Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless and the action-adventure movie That Man From Rio.

Belmondo’s acting career began in 1953 with stage roles, before he filmed his first scene with Jean-Pierre Cassel in On Foot, on Horse, and on Wheels in 1957.

In 1958, his performance in the stage play Oscar led to bigger parts, including the role of Michel in Breathless, which made him a star in France and abroad.

The role saw him labelled as the face of New Wave, although Belmondo admitted he didn’t know what the term meant.

Belmondo was the face of New Wave (Picture: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)

Roles in Two Men, Banana Peel and Seven Days… Seven Nights followed, with his role in 1964’s That Man from Rio seeing him compared to James Dean and Humphrey Bogart.

While Belmondo’s profile was on the rise in Hollywood, he did not accept any offers, choosing not to star in English language productions.

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