Vet­eran of French cin­ema Rochefort dies at age 87

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA - By Boyd van Hoeij Reuters

LOS AN­GE­LES — French ac­tor Jean Rochefort, who rose to promi­nence in the 1960s and was equally adept at art­house dra­mas and crowd-pleas­ing come­dies, ap­pear­ing in “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe” and “Par­don Mon Af­faire” as well as Pa­trice Le­conte’s “The Hairdresser’s Hus­band” and “Ridicule,” has died. He was 87.

Rochefort died in a Paris hospi­tal on Sun­day night. The ac­tor’s death was con­firmed by daugh­ter Cle­mence, one of his five chil­dren.

His po­ten­tial English-lan­guage break­through, as the Don Quixote char­ac­ter in Terry Gil­liam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” was fa­mously aban­doned dur­ing pro­duc­tion.

A pil­lar of French cin­ema, Rochefort made his leap into the lime­light in the 1960s, mainly in cos­tume dra­mas that were well-suited to the ac­tor’s aris­to­cratic com­po­sure, such as “Car­touche” (1962), from helmer Philippe de Broca, about the fa­mous 18th-cen­tury brig­and, played by JeanPaul Bel­mondo.

Af­ter co-star­ring in a se­ries of pe­riod ad­ven­ture films, such as the pop­u­lar “An­gelique” se­ries, the ac­tor took on more clearly comedic roles.

With Yves Robert, he made 1970s cult come­dies in­clud­ing “The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe” and the Golden-globe nom­i­nated “Par­don Mon Af­faire” and its pop­u­lar se­quel “We Will All Meet in Par­adise.” In the 1990s, di­rec­tor Pa­trice Le­conte led the ac­tor in his most wide-rang­ing per­for­mances in dra­matic come­dies such as “The Hairdresser’s Hus­band.”

Thibault Ca­mus

The As­so­ci­ated Press French ac­tor Jean Rochefort at the Ce­sar awards cer­e­mony in 2011 in Paris.

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