Jean-Louis Trintignant (Puegoulen, December 11, 1930 - Colhaç, June 17, 2022) was a French actor and film director.
He spent his childhood in the south of France (Aix-en-Provence, Nimes and Pont-Saint-Esprit). In 1950 he went to Paris with the idea of acting in the theater and followed the courses of Charles Dullin and Tania Balachova. In 1951 he made his theatrical debut becoming one of the most gifted French actors of the post-World War II era. After traveling during the early 1950s in a number of theater productions, his first film appearance came in 1955 and the following year when he gained fame for his performance with Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim's film And God Created Woman.
From a wealthy family, he was the nephew of a race car driver, Louis Trintignant, who killed himself in 1933 while practicing on a Picardy circuit. His other uncle Maurice Trintignant (born 1917), was a car driver who twice won the Monaco Grand Prix, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Having grown up around car racing, Jean-Louis Trintignant was the natural choice of film director Claude Lelouch for the role starring a race car driver in the 1966 film, Un homme et une femme, a global success that made him an international star.
Trintignant's work was interrupted for several years by compulsory military service. After meeting him in Algiers, he returned to Paris and resumed a very successful career. Papers in film classics such as Compartiment tueurs, Un homme et une femme (the most successful French film at the time), Bertolucci's film Il Conformista, and the 1969 political thriller Z, in which he portrayed a idealistic young lawyer, and won the Male Performance Award at the 1969 Cannes International Film Festival.
In Italy he worked with Valerio Zurlini in Estate violenta and Il deserto dei Tartari, with Ettore Scola in La terrazza but especially in the cult film Il sorpasso by Dino Risi.
His first wife was the actress Stéphane Audran. His second wife, Nadine Marquand, was also an actress and screenwriter and director. They had three children: Vincent Trintignant, Pauline (died 1966) and Marie Trintignant (January 21, 1962 - August 1, 2003), who at the age of 17 acted in La terrazza with his father and became a very successful actress.
In the 1970s Trintignant starred in numerous films and in 1983 he made his first feature film in English, Under Fire. He then starred in François Truffaut's film Vivement dimanche !.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Trintignant worked little due to health problems (resulting from a car accident) and a growing lack of interest in film. His 1994 role in Krzysztof Kieślowski's latest film, Three Colors: Red marked a rare appearance, although he was nominated for Best Actor at the Caesar Awards.
The following year he received another Fiesta nomination, and put his voice on the widely acclaimed The City of Lost Children, and has since only occasionally made films since then.
1972: A busy day with Jacques Dufilho, Luce Marquand
1978: The Master Swimmer
from 1955 to 1959
1955: If all the guys in the world of Christian-Jaque
1955: Ralph Habib's Law of the Streets
1956: And God ... created Roger Vadim's wife
1957: Ralph Habib Women's Club
1959: It was violent (Estate violenta) of Valerio Zurlini
1959: Roger Vadim's The Dangerous Liaisons
1959: Austerlitz by Abel Gance
from 1960 to 1969
1960: The beating heart of Jacques Doniol-Valcroze
1960: The Thousand Window by Robert Menegoz
1960: Le Puits aux trois vérités de F