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Jean Rochefort is a Actor, Director and Writer French born on 29 april 1930 at Dinan (France)

Jean Rochefort

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Birth name Jean Raoul Robert Rochefort
Nationality France
Birth 29 april 1930 at Dinan (France)
Death 9 october 2017 (at 87 years)

Jean Rochefort ([ʒã ʁɔʃ.fɔʁ]; born 29 April 1930) is a French actor, with a career that has spanned over five decades.


Rochefort was born in Paris, France. He was educated at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen He was 19 years old when he entered the Centre d'Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche. Later he joined the Conservatoire National. After his national service, in 1953, he worked with the Compagnie Grenier Hussenot as a theatre actor for seven years. There he was noticed for his ability to play both drama and comedy. He then became a television and cinema actor. He has also worked as director.

After some supporting roles in Cartouche, Captain Fracasse and in Merveilleuse Angélique, Jean Rochefort played his first big role with Annie Girardot as his wife and Claude Jade as their daughter in Hearth Fires in 1972. In this drama he starred as a man who leaves his family for ten years before returning. Four years after Hearth Fires he was the leading star of the midlife crisis comedy An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive as a man who risks his married life with Danièle Delorme for an affair with Anny Duperey. Thanks to this comedy, Rochefort get a big popularity. In 1972, he starred opposite Pierre Richard as Chief of Counter-Espionage Louis Toulouse in the Yves Robert comedy Le Grand Blond avec Une Chasseure Noire, a role he reprised in the 1974 sequel Le Retour du Grand Blond, also directed by Robert. In 1998, he starred as "Fernand de Morcerf" opposite Gerard Depardieu in the mini-series Le Comte de Monte Cristo.

In his 30s during the shooting of Cartouche, he discovered his passion for horses and equestrianism. He has been a horse breeder since then and now owns Le Haras de Villequoy. His passion led him to become a horse consultant for French television in 2004. He has won two César Awards: in 1976, Best Supporting Actor for Que la fête commence; and in 1978, Best Actor for Le Crabe-tambour.

He was to play the title character in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, after being found as "the perfect Quixote" by director Terry Gilliam. Rochefort learned English just for the part. Unfortunately, amongst other production problems, he began suffering from a herniated disc. Unable to film for months, production was cancelled. A documentary, Lost in La Mancha, was made about the failed production.

In 1960 he married Alexandra Moscwa, with whom he fathered two children: a girl, Marie (1962), and a boy, Julien (1965). They later divorced and in all he has five children: Marie, Julien, Pierre, Clémence and Louise.

^ Source : Who's Who. Jean Rochefort was not born in Dinan, but his parents were living there.

Best films

Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)
The Closet (2001)
RRRrrrr!!! (2004)
Titeuf (2011)
We Will All Meet in Paradise (1977)
Ridicule (1996)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jean Rochefort (129 films)

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April and the Extraordinary World, 1h43
Directed by Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci Avni
Origin France
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about cats, Steampunk films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Marion Cotillard, Jean Rochefort, Olivier Gourmet, Philippe Katerine, Marc-André Grondin, Benoît Brière
Roles Pops (voice)
Rating71% 3.59533.59533.59533.59533.5953
France, 1941. Napoleon V rules France and for the last 70 years, scientists have been mysteriously disappearing, depriving mankind of their inventions. Avril (Marion Cotillard), a teenage girl, goes in search of her parents, two of the missing scientists.
Florida (2015)
, 1h50
Directed by Philippe Le Guay
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Théâtre, Vieillesse, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films based on plays
Actors Jean Rochefort, Sandrine Kiberlain, Laurent Lucas, Anamaria Marinca, Clément Métayer, Coline Béal
Roles Claude Lherminier
Rating64% 3.237633.237633.237633.237633.23763
A 82 ans, Claude Lherminier, qui fut autrefois un grand industriel dans le papier, mène la vie dure à ses gouvernantes successives. Il leur fait acheter du jus d'orange de Floride car c'est là que vit sa fille Alice. Or, celle-ci est morte il y a neuf ans dans un accident de voiture. Carole, la fille aînée, ne veut pas rappeler ce drame à son père, qui a tous les signes de la maladie d'Alzheimer : il ne le supporterait pas. Carole, qui a repris l'affaire familiale avec brio, tente de refaire sa vie avec Thomas. Mais c'est compliqué, quand il faut continuer de s'occuper de son père, qui souffre d'absences réelles ou feintes à répétition.
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart, 1h30
Origin France
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation, Romance
Actors Jean Rochefort, Rossy de Palma, Olivia Ruiz, Marie Vincent, Grand Corps Malade, Arthur H
Roles Méliès (voice)
Rating69% 3.462573.462573.462573.462573.46257
In Edinburgh, Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Due to the extreme cold he is born with a frozen heart which will not beat. The attendant midwife Madeleine saves his life by replacing his heart with a fragile but working cuckoo clock. She then advises him of three rules to prevent his untimely death; he must never play with the hands of the clock, he must never lose his temper, and finally he must never fall in love. Jack's mother, for reasons known only to her, quickly decides her child would be better raised by Madeleine and departs, leaving Jack. Madeleine, incapable of bearing her own children, raises and loves him as her own.
Jappeloup (2013)
, 2h10
Directed by Christian Duguay
Origin France
Genres Drama
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about the Olympic Games, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Film équestre français
Actors Marina Hands, Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Lou de Laâge, Tchéky Karyo, Jacques Higelin
Roles Self (uncredited)
Rating66% 3.335983.335983.335983.335983.33598
In the early 1980s, Pierre Durand, Jr. gives up on his career as a lawyer and turns to professional show-jumping. He purchases Jappeloup de Luze (1975-1991) from Henry Delage. He loses at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, but wins at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.
The Artist and the Model, 1h44
Directed by Fernando Trueba
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Sculpture
Actors Jean Rochefort, Claudia Cardinale, Götz Otto, Aida Folch, Chus Lampreave, Christian Sinniger
Roles Marc Cros
Rating65% 3.2934253.2934253.2934253.2934253.293425
In the summer of 1943 in the occupied France, a famous sculptor, tired of life, finds a desire to return to work with the arrival of a young Spanish woman who has escaped from a refugee camp and becomes his muse.
Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia, 1h49
Directed by Laurent Tirard
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films about animals, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about dogs, Asterix films, Political films, Buddy films, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Édouard Baer, Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve, Luca Zingaretti, Gérard Jugnot
Roles Lucius Fouinus
Rating52% 2.6434852.6434852.6434852.6434852.643485
Julius Caesar lands in Britain, where a small village still holds out bravely against the Roman legions. But the situation becomes critical and the villagers have not got long to live; that's when Jolitorax, one of the villagers seeks volunteers to go seek help from his second-cousin Asterix the Gaul and bring back a barrel of "magic potion" from the Breton village of the indomitable heroes.
Titeuf (2011)
, 1h27
Directed by Tim Burton
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Animation, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Donald Reignoux, Jean Rochefort, Zabou Breitman, Maria Pacôme, Mélanie Bernier, Michael Lonsdale
Roles Pépé (voix)
Rating57% 2.860062.860062.860062.860062.86006
Les parents de Titeuf menacent de « divorcer ». C'est pourquoi la mère de Titeuf part chez la grand-mère de ce dernier pour « réfléchir ». En même temps, Titeuf n'est pas invité à l'anniversaire de Nadia mais, mieux que Titeuf sait que le père de Nadia est parti : Titeuf essaie de faire en sorte que la mère de Nadia et le père de Titeuf se marient pour que Titeuf ait Nadia à lui tout seul…
Belmondo, itinéraire..., 1h30
Directed by Vincent Perrot
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Becker, Luc Besson, Bertrand Blier, Nicole Calfan, Claudia Cardinale
Roles Self
Rating68% 3.4461353.4461353.4461353.4461353.446135
Jean-Paul Belmondo demeure depuis cinquante ans, un des acteurs français préférés du public. Depuis ses débuts éclatants dans "À bout de souffle" (1959) de Jean-Luc Godard révélant une personnalité atypique, jusqu’à ses grands succès populaires des années 70 et 80, Belmondo n’a cessé de se remettre en question. Dévorant la vie à pleins poumons grâce à un dynamisme hors-pair, cet homme lucide et avisé a géré sa carrière de producteur-comédien par des choix qui lui permirent d’alterner harmonieusement les genres, passant aisément de l’univers de Godard à celui de Verneuil, de Truffaut à Jean Becker, de Resnais à Lautner, de Malle à Philippe de Broca... Réfractaire à l’autosatisfaction et aux honneurs de pacotille, Jean-Paul Belmondo n’a jamais accepté qu’un film analyse sa carrière, visite sa famille et cerne la personnalité réelle de l’homme. "Belmondo, itinéraire...", s’annonce comme un docu-événement car pour la première fois, Jean-Paul Belmondo cautionne et s’implique dans l’écriture et la réalisation du "film de sa carrière". Il s’agit d’un long-métrage de 90 minutes non chronologique, dans lequel il accepte de nous livrer des scènes de sa vie quotidienne, preuve éclatante d’un homme vivant.
Agathe Cléry, 1h39
Directed by Étienne Chatiliez
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films
Actors Valérie Lemercier, Anthony Kavanagh, Jean Rochefort, Dominique Lavanant, Isabelle Nanty, Jacques Boudet
Roles Louis Guinard
Rating46% 2.3297852.3297852.3297852.3297852.329785
Agathe Cléry est la directrice de marketing d'une ligne de cosmétiques spéciale peaux claires. Atteinte de la maladie d'Addison, dysfonctionnement des glandes surrénales qui fonce la peau, elle, qui est raciste, se retrouve dans la peau d'une noire.
I Always Wanted to Be a Gangster, 1h48
Directed by Samuel Benchetrit
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Mob film, Crime
Themes Gangster films
Actors Anna Mouglalis, Édouard Baer, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Bouli Lanners, Laurent Terzieff
Roles Jean
Rating70% 3.5474053.5474053.5474053.5474053.547405
Quatre histoires se déroulent dans ou autour d'une cafétéria, au bord d'une nationale.
The Key
The Key (2007)
, 1h55
Directed by Guillaume Nicloux
Origin France
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Guillaume Canet, Marie Gillain, Vanessa Paradis, Josiane Balasko, Thierry Lhermitte, Jean Rochefort
Roles Joseph Arp
Rating56% 2.805792.805792.805792.805792.80579
Eric Vincent, thirties, leads an uneventful life alongside his wife Audrey. While the couple talking about having a child, the young man was contacted by a friend of his biological father he never knew. Eric learns that his parent is dead and he can come and collect the ashes of his body he wants. Reluctant at first, he eventually accepted. This was the start of a diabolical plot which is several stories collide, several destinies ...
Mr. Bean's Holiday, 1h29
Directed by Steve Bendelack
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Themes La provence, Transport films, Le thème des vacances, Rail transport films, Road movies
Actors Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Max Baldry, Willem Dafoe, Stéphane Debac, Karel Roden
Roles Maître d'hôtel
Rating63% 3.1999753.1999753.1999753.1999753.199975
The film opens with Mr. Bean driving up to a church, where a fete is taking place. Bean wins the first prize in a raffle - a holiday involving a train journey to Cannes, a video camera, and €200.
Tell No One, 2h5
Directed by Guillaume Canet
Origin France
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Films about animals, Films about sexuality, Sports films, LGBT-related films, Films about horses, Serial killer films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors François Cluzet, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Marina Hands, Kristin Scott Thomas, Nathalie Baye
Roles Gilbert Neuville
Rating74% 3.7475053.7475053.7475053.7475053.747505
Alexandre Beck is a doctor who has slowly been putting his life back together after his wife Margot was murdered by a serial killer. Eight years on, Alex is doing well, until he finds himself implicated in a double homicide, which has plenty of evidence pointing to him as the killer – though he knows nothing of the crimes. The same day, Alex receives an email that appears to be from Margot, which includes a link to a surveillance video clip that features his late wife looking alive and well. The message warns Alex that they are both being watched. He struggles to stay one step ahead of the law, while henchmen intimidate Alex's friends into telling them whatever they might know about him – the henchmen eventually kill one of them, Charlotte. In the meantime, Alex's sister Anne persuades her well-off wife Hélène to hire a respected attorney, Élisabeth Feldman, to handle Alex's case.
Twice Upon a Time, 2h12
Directed by Antoine de Caunes
Origin France
Genres Comedy
Actors Jean Rochefort, Charlotte Rampling, Isabelle Nanty, Ian William Richardson, James Thiérrée, Charles Dance
Roles Louis Ruinard
Rating57% 2.8551352.8551352.8551352.8551352.855135
Dans les années 1970, le couple Alice d'Abanville-Louis Ruinard, respectivement actrice et réalisateur, incarnent le glamour d'un cinéma flamboyant, fait de strass et paillettes. Mais en 1975, Alice quitte Louis, et part refaire sa vie en Angleterre avec un riche Lord. Trente ans plus tard, Alice s'est spécialisée dans le théâtre classique et expérimental, tandis que Louis compte réaliser son nouveau film dans la patrie de Shakespeare. À cette occasion il reçoit un Battar d'honneur, un prix britannique pour l'ensemble de sa carrière, remis des mains mêmes d'Alice. Leurs retrouvailles se révèlent électriques.
Hell (2005)
, 1h38
Directed by Danis Tanović
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Emmanuelle Béart, Marie Gillain, Carole Bouquet, Karin Viard, Jacques Gamblin, Jacques Perrin
Roles Louis
Rating67% 3.3927553.3927553.3927553.3927553.392755
The film is set in Paris and is about three sisters: Celine, Anne and Sophie. It starts with a scene in which a woman and her young daughter (who we later find out is Celine) walk into an office and see two people: her father, and a young man who is naked.