The actor’s lawyers told AFP on Monday that their client, one of the biggest movie stars of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, had died at the age of 88. Affectionately nicknamed “Bébel”, Belmondo’s films were collectively viewed more than 130 million times at the cinema.
Starting with his role in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless,” he became a central figure of France’s New Wave cinema. Perhaps best known for his roles in crime dramas and thrillers, he also starred in melodramas with Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. He was even known to do his own stunts.