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Summary Article: Trintignant, Jean-Louis from Chambers Biographical Dictionary

1930-

♦ French actor

Born in Pionlec, he abandoned his legal studies to become an actor, making his Paris stage debut in A Chacun selon sa faim (1951). His first major role in Responsabilité limitée (1954) led to his being cast in Roger Vadim's Et Dieu créa la femme (1956, And God Created Woman), which made a household name of Brigitte Bardot, and also brought Trintignant popular attention. His pale-skinned impassivity and sensitive eyes have lent themselves to the portrayal of romantic vulnerability and the illumination of the interior life of the psychologically disturbed. His career includes the comedy Le Cæur battant (1960, The French Game), the internationally successful romance Un homme et une femme (1966, A Man and a Woman) and a variety of work for Europe's most distinguished directors including Les Biches (1968, "The Does"), Z (1968, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival), Ma nuit chez Maud (1969, My Night at Maud's) and Il Conformista (1970, The Conformist). Under Fire (1983) marked a rare venture into English-language productions. He has also directed Une Journée bien remplie (1972, "A Well-Filled Day") and Le Maître nageur (1979, The Lifeguard). In recent years he has appeared more often on stage than on screen, but his later films include Merci la vie (1991), Trois Couleurs: Rouge (1994, Three Colours: Red) and Ceux qui m'aiment prendront le train (1998, Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train).

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