Jean-Louis Trintignant

Jean-Louis Trintignant

Trintignant at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival
Born Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant
(1930-12-11) 11 December 1930
Piolenc, Vaucluse, France
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, director
Years active 1951present
Spouse(s) Stéphane Audran (div.)
Nadine Marquand (div.)

Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant (French pronunciation: [tʁɛ̃tiɲɑ̃]; born 11 December 1930) is a French actor, screenwriter and director who has enjoyed international acclaim. He won the Best Actor Award at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival as well as the Best Actor Award at the César Awards 2013.

Life and career

Trintignant in A Man and a Woman

Trintignant was born in Piolenc, Vaucluse, France, the son of Claire (née Tourtin) and Raoul Trintignant, an industrialist.[1] At the age of twenty, Trintignant moved to Paris to study drama, and made his theatrical debut in 1951 going on to be seen as one of the most gifted French actors of the post-war era. After touring in the early 1950s in several theater productions, his first motion picture appearance came in 1955 and the following year he gained stardom with his performance opposite Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman.

Trintignant’s acting was interrupted for several years by mandatory military service. After serving in Algiers, he returned to Paris and resumed his work in film. He had the leading male role in the classic A Man and a Woman, which at the time was the most successful French film ever screened in the foreign market.

In Italy, he was always dubbed into Italian, and his work stretched into collaborations with renowned Italian directors, including Sergio Corbucci in The Great Silence, Valerio Zurlini in Violent Summer and The Desert of the Tartars, Ettore Scola in La terrazza, Bernardo Bertolucci in The Conformist, and Dino Risi in the cult film The Easy Life.

Throughout the 1970s, Trintignant starred in numerous films and in 1983 he made his first English language feature film, Under Fire. Following this, he starred in François Truffaut's final film, Confidentially Yours, and reprised his best-known role in the sequel A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later.

In 1994, he starred in Krzysztof Kieślowski's last film, Three Colors: Red.

Though he takes an occasional film role, he has, as of late, been focusing essentially on his stage work.

After a 14-year gap, Trintignant came back on screen for Michael Haneke's film Amour.[2] Haneke had sent Trintignant the script, which had been written specifically for him.[3] Trintignant said that he chooses which films he works in on the basis of the director, and said of Haneke that "he has the most complete mastery of the cinematic discipline, from technical aspects like sound and photography to the way he handles actors".[3]

Personal life

Trintignant in 2007.

Trintignant comes from a wealthy family. He is the nephew of race car driver, Louis Trintignant, who was killed in 1933 while practising on the Péronne racetrack in Picardy.[4] Another uncle, Maurice Trintignant (1917–2005), was a Formula One driver who twice won the Monaco Grand Prix as well as the 24 hours of Le Mans. Raised in and around automobile racing, Jean-Louis Trintignant was the natural choice of film director Claude Lelouch for the starring role of race car driver in the 1966 film, A Man and a Woman. He suffered a leg injury from a motorcycle accident in June 2007.[5]

His first wife was actress Stéphane Audran. His second wife, Nadine Marquand, was also an actress as well as a screenwriter and director. They had three children: Vincent Trintignant, Pauline (who died of crib death in 1969) and Marie Trintignant (21 January 1962 – 1 August 2003). At the age of 17, Marie performed in La terrazza alongside her father and later became a successful actress in her own right. She was killed at the age of 41 by her boyfriend, singer Bertrand Cantat, in a hotel room in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Trintignant is good friends with Anouk Aimée. It was he who recommended Aimée to film director Claude Lelouch for the female lead in A Man and a Woman.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Director Notes
1955 If All the Guys in the World Jean-Louis Christian-Jaque
1956 La Loi des rues Yves Tréguier Ralph Habib
And God Created Woman Michel Tardieu Roger Vadim
Women's Club Michel Ralph Habib
1959 Les liaisons dangereuses Danceny Roger Vadim
Violent Summer Carlo Caremoli Valerio Zurlini
1960 Austerlitz Ségur junior Abel Gance
1961 Pleins feux sur l'assassin Jean-Marie de Kerloguen Georges Franju
L'Atlantide Pierre Edgar G. Ulmer
1962 Horace 62 Joseph Fabiani André Versini
Le Combat dans l'île Clément Lesser Alain Cavalier
Il Sorpasso Roberto Mariani Dino Risi
1963 Château en Suède Éric Roger Vadim
1964 Mata Hari, Agent H21 François Lasalle Jean-Louis Richard
1965 The Sleeping Car Murders Éric Grandin Costa Gavras
1966 A Man and a Woman Jean-Louis Duroc Claude Lelouch
Diamond Safari Raphaële Vincente Michel Drach
La Longue Marche Philippe Alexandre Astruc
Trans-Europ-Express Elias Alain Robbe-Grillet
1967 Un homme à abattre Raphaël Philippe Condroyer
Col cuore in gola Bernard Tinto Brass
My Love, My Love Vincent Falaise Nadine Trintignant
1968 La morte ha fatto l'uovo Marco Giulio Questi
Les Biches Paul Thomas Claude Chabrol
The Man Who Lies Jan Robin / Boris Varissa Alain Robbe-Grillet Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor
The Great Silence Silence Sergio Corbucci
The Libertine Carlo De Marchi Pasquale Festa Campanile
1969 Z Christos Sartzetakis Costa Gavras Cannes Film Festival Best Actor
Metti, una sera a cena Michele Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
My Night at Maud's Jean-Louis Éric Rohmer
L'Américain Bruno Marcel Bozzuffi
So Sweet... So Perverse Jean Reynaud Umberto Lenzi
1970 The Conformist Marcello Clerici Bernardo Bertolucci
Le Voyou Simon Duroc Claude Lelouch
1971 Ramparts of Clay the entrepreneur Jean-Louis Bertucelli
L'Opium et le Bâton Chaudier Ahmed Rachedi
Without Apparent Motive Stéphane Carella Philippe Labro
1972 ...and Hope to Die Antoine Cardot René Clément
Plot François Darien Yves Boisset
The Outside Man Lucien Bellon Jacques Deray
1973 The Train Julien Maroyeur Pierre Granier-Deferre
1974 Violins at the Ball Michel Michel Drach
Successive Slidings of Pleasure the police officer Alain Robbe-Grillet
Le Mouton enragé Nicolas Mallet Michel Deville
The Secret David Daguerre Robert Enrico
1975 L'Agression Paul Varlin Gérard Pirès
Flic Story Émile Buisson Jacques Deray
Il pleut sur Santiago Senator Helvio Soto
The Sunday Woman Massimo Campi Luigi Comencini
1976 The Desert of the Tartars Rovin Valerio Zurlini
1977 The Passengers Alex Moineau Serge Leroy
Repérages Victor Michel Soutter
1978 L'Argent des autres Henri Rainier Christian de Chalonge
1980 The Lady Banker Horace Vannister Francis Girod
La terrazza Enrico D'Orsi Ettore Scola
Je vous aime Julien Claude Berri
1981 Un assassin qui passe Ravic Michel Vianey
Passion of Love the doctor Ettore Scola
Malevil Fulbert Christian de Chalonge
Eaux profondes Vic Allen Michel Deville
1982 Le Grand Pardon Commissaire Duché Alexandre Arcady
Boulevard des assassins Daniel Salmon Boramy Tioulong
Blow to the Heart Dario Gianni Amelio
1983 Confidentially Yours Julien Vercel François Truffaut
La Crime Christian Lacassagne Philippe Labro
Under Fire Marcel Jazy Roger Spottiswoode
1984 Viva la vie! François Gaucher Claude Lelouch
1985 Next Summer Paul Nadine Trintignant
Partir, revenir Roland Rivière Claude Lelouch
Rendez-vous Scrutzler André Téchiné
L'Homme aux yeux d'argent Mayene Pierre Granier-Deferre
1986 A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later Jean-Louis Duroc Claude Lelouch
La Femme de ma vie Pierre Régis Wargnier Nominated — César Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 La vallée fantôme Paul Alain Tanner
1989 Bunker Palace Hôtel Holm Enki Bilal
1991 Merci la vie SS officier Bertrand Blier
1994 Three Colors: Red Joseph Kern Krzysztof Kieślowski Nominated — César Award for Best Actor
1995 The City of Lost Children L'oncle Irvin Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro Voice Only
Fiesta Colonel Masagual Pierre Boutron Nominated — César Award for Best Actor
1996 A Self Made Hero Albert Dehousse (the matured one) Jacques Audiard
1998 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train Lucien Emmerich / Jean-Baptiste Emmerich Patrice Chéreau Nominated — César Award for Best Supporting Actor
2003 Janis et John Monsieur Cannon Samuel Benchetrit
2012 Amour Georges Michael Haneke César Award for Best Actor
European Film Award for Best Actor
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
2017 This Is Our Land Lucas Belvaux
Happy End Michael Haneke


Trintignant was nominated to receive the César five times: in 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, and in 2013.


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