A French actor, initially associated with the New Wave of the 1960s and a major French film star for several decades.
His best known credits include Breathless (1960), That Man from Rio (1964), Pierrot le Fou (1965), The Brain (1969), Borsalino (1970), Fear Over the City (1975), Animal (1977), The Professional (1981) and Ace of Aces (1982).
Jean-Paul Belmondo was interested in acting. His late teenage years were spent at a private drama school, and he began performing comedy sketches in the provinces. He studied under Raymond Giraud and then attended the Conservatoire of Dramatic Arts for three years.
Conservatoire of Dramatic Arts or Conservatoire national supérieur d’art dramatique (CNSAD) is France’s national drama academy in Paris. It is consistently regarded as a top world-class performing arts institute, renowned for its excellence in theatre education.