Jean-Louis Trintignant


July 5, 2022

Jean-Louis Trintignant (born December 11, 1930 in Piolenc, died June 17, 2022 in Uzès) - French actor, director, screenwriter, producer and racing driver.

Curriculum vitae

This nephew of the famous rally driver Maurice Trintignant (1917–2005) dedicated his passion for car engines to Charles Dullin's acting school. In the mid-1950s, he began appearing on the screen. He seemed to be the perfect impersonator of the roles of people of the "average French" type: lively, with a keen green eyes. This is what he was like in his first films, incl. If only all people of good will ... (Si tous les gars du monde, 1956). He was famous for his participation in the film And God Created Woman (Et Dieu ... créa la femme, 1956) by Roger Vadim - a then scandalous melodrama, launched by Brigitte Bardot. Later, playing in French and Italian films, choosing roles wisely, he soon proved his professionalism, intelligence and sensitivity. He was remembered by viewers with dramatic, psychologically complex creations from the films Duel on an Island (Le Combat dans l'île, 1962), Moja noc u Maud (Ma nuit chez Maud, 1968), Desert of the Tatars (Il Deserto dei Tartari, 1976), and most of all in Claude Lelouch's great hit Woman and Man (Un homme et une femme, 1966). The performance of an inexperienced investigative judge in Costa-Gavras Z (1969), a political drama inspired by real events, won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He was not tempted by the prospects of a Hollywood career, making an exception for the political drama Under Fire (1982) with Gene Hackman, Nick Nolte and Joanna Cassidy, set in South America. The role of the former alcoholic - Pierre in the melodrama The Woman of My Life (La Femme de ma vie, 1986), the character of Colonel Masagual in the drama Fiesta (1995) and the role of a lonely retired judge listening to his neighbors in Krzysztof Kieślowski's psychological drama Three Colors: Red (Three Colors: Red, 1994) was nominated for César. In Jacques Deray's sensational drama Flic Story (1975), he played the psychopathic criminal Émile "Mimile" Buisson, known for his extremely brutal and terrifying crimes.

Private life

He has been married three times. On November 18, 1954, he married Stéphane Audran. They divorced in 1956. In 1956–1957 he was associated with Brigitte Bardot. In the years 1960-1976 he was married to Nadine Marquand, with whom he had three children: two daughters - Marie (born January 21, 1962, died. August 1, 2003) and Pauline (died. 1970) and son Vincent (born September 3, 1973). ). The first child, Marie's daughter, was murdered by her partner Bertrand Cantat, leader of the French music group Noir Désir, known from the hit Le vent nous portera. In 2000 he married Marianne Hoepfner. In 2018, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In November 2021, it was reported that the actor was losing his eyesight and his health had deteriorated significantly. He died on June 17, 2022 at his home in Uzès at the age of 91.

Awards and nominations


As an actor

As a writer

1992: L'Oeil écarlate 1978: Pan the swimmer (Maître-nageur, Le) 1973: Une journée bien remplie

As a director

1978: Pan Float (Le Maître-nageur) 1973: Une journée bien remplie



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