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Jean-Paul Belmondo, a national treasure of French cinema

Talented actor charmed movigoers around the world

Jean-Paul Belmondo, left, shot to international fame with the film Breathless.   © Best Image/Aflo

Jean-Paul Belmondo, the French actor famous for Breathless, Pierrot le Fou and That Man from Rio, died at home in Paris last week at the age of 88.

He was the biggest male star in postwar French cinema. More broadly, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Jean Gabin, the great actor from the golden age of French movies in the 1930s. His wild charm compared to the likes of Marlon Brando and Toshiro Mifune, making him a rare kind of actor.

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