Veteran French film star Jean Rochefort one of the country’s best-loved actors has died in Paris aged 87.
He starred in nearly one hundred and fifty films including the Yves Robert’s ‘Un Eléphant Ca Trompe Enormément’ which Gene Wilder remade as The Woman In Red in 1984.
Instantly recognisable with his trademark moustache and flamboyant style, Rochefort was a mainstay of the French film industry for more than half a century, appearing both in comedies, popular blockbusters as well as art films.
He is best known to international audiences as Don Quixote in one of the most cursed movie sagas in Hollywood history – Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Man who killed Don Quixote’.
Over the course of his career, he won three Cesars – the French answer to the Oscars. The first for Bertrand Tavernier’s 1975 film ‘Let Joy Reign Supreme’ and another three years later for ‘Le Crabe-Tambour’ (Drummer Crab).
A lifetime’s achievement award followed in 1999.