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Jean Rochefort

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Years active  1956–present
Role  Actor
Name  Jean Rochefort
Spouse  Francoise Vidal

Born  29 April 1930 (age 93) (1930-04-29) Paris, France
Occupation  Actor, director, screenwriter
Children  Pierre Rochefort, Julien Rochefort, Guillaume Rochefort, Louise Rochefort, Marie Rochefort, Clemence Rochefort
Albums  Le Roman de Renart, Le Petit Menestrel: Strauss, Les Enchanteurs De Vienne, Raconte Aux Enfants
Parents  Fernande Guillot, Celestin Rochefort
Movies  The Artist and the Model, The Hairdresser's Husband, The Tall Blond Man with One, Pardon Mon Affaire, Ridicule
Similar People  Jean‑Pierre Marielle, Philippe Noiret, Francoise Vidal, Patrice Leconte, Nicole Garcia

Jean Rochefort dead: French actor who starred in more than 100 films dies aged 87

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


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Life and career

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Rochefort was born in Paris, France. He was educated at the Lycee 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.

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After some supporting roles in Cartouche, Captain Fracasse and in Merveilleuse Angelique, 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 Daniele 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.

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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 Cesar Awards: in 1976, Best Supporting Actor for Que la fete commence; and in 1978, Best Actor for Le Crabe-tambour.

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In the eighties, he became the narrator of the French version of Welcome to Pooh Corner, replacing Laurie Main. This made him popular with children at the time and Disney hired him to record several audio versions of their classic movies. In the nineties, he came back to comedy with Les Grands Ducs where he played alongside two other actors of his generation with a similar career, Philippe Noiret and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

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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 has three children: Marie (1962), Julien (1965) and Guillaume. Rochefort and actress-filmmaker Nicole Garcia, has a son Pierre. In his second marriage, he has two children, Louise (1990) and Clemence (1992), with Francoise Vidal.


  • 1953 : Azouk by Alexandre Rivemale, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Fontaine
  • 1953 : L'Huitre et la perle by William Saroyan, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Fontaine
  • 1953 : Les Images d'Epinal by Albert Vidalie, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Cabaret La Fontaine des Quatre-Saisons
  • 1954 : Responsabilite limitee by Robert Hossein, stagingJean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Fontaine
  • 1954 : L’Amour des quatre colonels by Peter Ustinov, adaptation Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Fontaine
  • 1957 : Romanoff et Juliette by Peter Ustinov, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Marigny
  • 1957 : L’Amour des quatre colonels by Peter Ustinov,staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre de l'Ambigu-Comique
  • 1958 : Tessa, la nymphe au cœur fidele by Jean Giraudoux from the work of Basil Dean and Margaret Kennedy, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Marigny
  • 1958 : L’Etonnant Pennypacker by Liam O'Brien, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Marigny
  • 1960 : Champignol malgre lui by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallieres, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Theatre Marigny
  • 1960 : Le Comportement des epoux Bredburry by Francois Billetdoux, staging by the author , Theatre des Mathurins
  • 1960 : Genousie by Rene de Obaldia, staging Roger Mollien, TNP Theatre Recamier
  • 1961  : Loin de Rueil by Maurice Jarre and Roger Pillaudin from the work of Raymond Queneau, staging Maurice Jarre and Jean Vilar, TNP Theatre national de Chaillot
  • 1962 : Frank V by Friedrich Durrenmatt, staging Andre Barsacq, Theatre de l'Atelier
  • 1964 : Cet animal etrange by Gabriel Arout from the work of Anton Tchekhov, staging Claude Regy, Theatre Hebertot
  • 1965 : La Collection and L’Amant by Harold Pinter, staging Claude Regy, Theatre Hebertot
  • 1966 : La prochaine fois je vous le chanterai by James Saunders, staging Claude Regy, Theatre Antoine
  • 1969 : Le Prix by Arthur Miller, staging Raymond Rouleau, Theatre Montparnasse
  • 1970 : Un jour dans la mort de Joe Egg by Peter Nichols, staging Michel Fagadau, Theatre de la Gaite-Montparnasse
  • 1971 : C'etait hier by Harold Pinter, staging Jorge Lavelli, Theatre Montparnasse
  • 1982 : L'Etrangleur s'excite by Eric Naggar, staging Jean Rochefort, Theatre Hebertot
  • 1985 : Boulevard du melodrame by Juan Pineiro and Alfredo Arias, staging Alfredo Arias, National Dramatic Center of Aubervilliers
  • 1988 : Une vie de theatre by David Mamet, adaptation Pierre Laville, staging Michel Piccoli, Theatre des Mathurins
  • 1988 : La femme a contre-jour by Eric Naggar, staging Jean Rochefort, Theatre des Mathurins
  • 1988 : Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, staging Jean Rochefort, Theatre de Paris
  • 1988 : Le Carnaval des animaux musique Camille Saint-Saens
  • 1989 : Une vie de theatre by David Mamet, staging Michel Piccoli
  • 1991 : Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, staging Jean Rochefort
  • 1995 : Oraison funebre sur la mort de Conde by Jacques Benigne Bossuet, music Jean-Baptiste Lully, direction Herve Niquet, Royal Chapel of the Chateau de Versailles
  • 1996 : Le Petit Tailleur music Tibor Tibor Harsanyi and Le Carnaval des animaux music Camille Saint-Saens, Theatre du Chatelet, Bruxelles
  • 1998 : Art by Yasmina Reza, staging Patrice Kerbrat, with Pierre Vaneck and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Theatre Hebertot
  • 2004 : Heureux ? sketchs by Fernand Raynaud, with Bruno Fontaine, Comedie des Champs-Elysees
  • 2006 : Mousquetaires de Richelieu, show of the Puy du Fou
  • 2007 : Entre autres, a one-man show with Lionel Suarez playing accordion, in which he pays a tribute to the authors who influenced him, from Roland Barthes to Jean Yanne, notwithstanding Fernandel, Verlaine, Boby Lapointe or Primo Levi, Theatre de la Madeleine
  • 2007 at the Olympia : where he sung Felicie aussi, a song by Fernandel, during the last three concerts of Vincent Delerm's tour the 30 and 31 of may 2007 and the 1st of june 2007
  • Audio Book

  • Le Pont de la riviere Kwai (The Bridge over the River Kwai), by Pierre Boulle
  • References

    Jean Rochefort Wikipedia