Jean-Louis Trintignant


July 6, 2022

Jean-Louis Trintignant (December 11, 1930 Piolenc, France – June 17, 2022) was a French actor. He played the male lead in, among others, the films ...and God Created a Woman (1956) and Man and Woman (1966).


At the age of 20, Trintignant moved to Paris to study acting and made his first appearance in the theater in 1951. He made his first appearance in films in 1955 and became famous the following year when he starred with Brigitte Bardot in ...and God Created a Woman (Et Dieu... créa la femme, 1956). A short-lived romance arose between them. Trintignant had to interrupt his acting career for three years of military service. Trintignant became an international star with the film Man and Woman (Un homme et une femme, 1966). The film was awarded two Oscars in the United States, and its main couple (Trintignant and Anouk Aimée) was called the best since William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Guardian. After Man and Woman, Trintignant got roles in the films of several top directors. He worked with Claude Chabrol in The Deer (1968), with Costa-Gavras in the Oscar-winning film Z – he lives! (1969) and with Bernardo Bertolucci in the anti-fascist drama The Fascist (1970). For Z, Trintignant was awarded the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Trintignant acted almost exclusively in European films, but he made the 1983 film Under Fire, a political thriller set in the Nicaraguan Sandinista rebellion. In Europe, Trintignant starred in both François Truffaut and Krzysztof Kieślowski's last films. Truffaut's Long Weekend was released in 1983 and Kieślowski's Three Colors: Punainen (1994). Trintignant rarely made films after the end of the 1990s, but he gained international attention again in the Michael Haneke-directed drama Rakkaus (2012). In it, Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva play an elderly married couple who try to survive after the latter suffers a cerebral infarction. Trintigant won the César award for best actor for the role and then appeared in Haneke's next film Happy End (2017).

Private life

Trintignant was married three times. Her 1954 marriage to Stéphane Audran quickly ended in divorce. He married writer-director Nadine Marquand in 1960, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1976. However, the marriage produced three children. Their daughter Marie Trintignant was a popular actress in her home country. She died as a victim of murder in Lithuania in 2003. The murderer was her husband, the musician Bertrand Cantat. Jean-Louis Trintignant's second daughter, Pauline, died in infancy in 1969. He and Nadine also have a son named Vincent. For the third time, Trintignant married Marianne Hoepfner, a former rally car driver, in 2000.

Selected Filmography

The Law of the Street (La loi des rues, 1956) And God created... a woman (Et Dieu... créa la femme, 1956) Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons dangereuses, 1959) Estate violenta (1959) Austerlitz - the beauty and misery of the imperial crown (Austerlitz, 1960) Spotlight on the Assassin (Pleins feux sur l'assassin, 1961) Three Truths (Le Puits aux Trois vérités, 1961) Play of passions (Le Coeur battant, 1961) 7 Deadly Sins (Les sept péchés capitalues, 1962) Battle on the Island (Le combat dans l'île, 1962) Castle in Sweden (Château en Suède, 1963) The whistlers (Les siffleurs, 1964) Angelika - Marquise of Angels (Merveilleuse Angélique, 1965) Murder in a Sleeping Car (Compartment tueurs, 1965) A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme, 1966) Is Paris coming back? (Paris brûlé-t-il?, 1966) My love, my love (Mon amour, mon amour, 1967) The Death Trap (La Morte ha fatto l'uovo, 1968) Les biches (Les biches, 1968) The Great Silence (Il grande sil