Jean-Paul Belmondo, bad boy and face of the French new wave, dies

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Jean-Paul Belmondo, bad boy and face of the French new wave, dies

The actor’s youthful edginess and cool often drew comparisons to James Dean and Marlon Brando

Peter Rainer

Jean-Paul Belmondo, the quintessential French actor of the New Wave that crested in the 1960s and changed the face of world cinema, has died. He was 88.

He died in his home in Paris, his lawyer, Michel Godest, said.

From the cop killer Michel in Breathless (1960) to a bored married man who runs away with his children’s babysitter in Pierrot le Fou (1965), Belmondo often played charismatic losers on the outs with society or the law. Unlike contemporary Alain Delon, he never cultivated a Hollywood film career, co-starring in only one English-language movie, Rene Clement’s Is Paris Burning? (1966)...

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