Jean Rochefort, guest on set of TV5MONDE programme L’INVITÉ on 13th April 2004. He is talking to host Xavier Lambrechts. © TV5MONDE
Jean Rochefort was one of the most popular actors in French cinema known for the the series "Grand blond" or the film comedy "Un éléphant ça trompe énormément" sadly died overnight Sunday to Monday 8th / 9th October 2017 aged 87, his death was announced to the media by his daughter Clemence on Monday. The actor, who had been hospitalized last August, died in a residence in Paris.
Immediately recognizable by his warm voice and his ever-dashing moustaches, Jean Rochefort appeared in nearly 150 films, both art-house and mainstream.
Playing in roles as varied as they were stand-out some of his best performances were as a cynical libertine in Bertrand Tavernier's "Que la fête commence", a phlegmatic English valet in "Les tribulations d'un chinois en Chine" by Philippe de Broca, an adulterous father in "Un éléphant ça trompe énormément" by Yves Robert and the poignant character of a lonely radio host in "Tandem" by Patrice Leconte.
His long career was crowned with three Césars, for his roles in "Que la fête commence" in 1976, "Le Crabe-Tambour" in 1978, and a César d'honneur in 1999.
Jean Rochefort was also known for his passion for horses. In 1976, in the film "Un éléphant ça trompe énormément" he offered the viewers a hilarious demonstration - see clip below
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