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Actor Jean Rochefort Dies At 87

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French actor Jean Rochefort has died at the age of 87.

Rochefort, who acted in almost 150 movies during his half-century long career, was reported on October 9 to have died overnight at a hospital in Paris, according to AP. The French film icon was famously known for his mustache and striking style.

The three-time Cesar award winner was born in Paris in 1930 and started his film career in the 1950s, according to Deadline. Rochefort's first role came as an intern in "Rencontre a Paris" in 1956, reports the Guardian.

Rochefort had roles in dozens of films, including "Hearth Fires," The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe," "Cartouche," "Ridicule," and "Pardon Mon Affaire," among many others. He also appeared in the 1998 T.V. miniseries "Le Comte De Monte Cristo."

The actor was famously set to star in Terry Gilliam's version of "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," which was stalled for two decades. The movie's production troubles were explored in a documentary, "Lost in La Mancha."

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Rochefort's last role was in "Floride" in 2015. The actor formally retired after the role, saying, "I do not want to make horror films, so I had better stop."

The star's Cesar awards included an award for Best Supporting Actor for "Que La Fete Commence," a Best Actor award for "Le Crabe-Tambour," and an honorary prize for lifetime achievement in 1999.

Rochefort leaves behind his second wife, Francoise Vidal, and their children, Louise and Clemence. He is also survived by children Marie, Julien, and Guillaume from his first marriage with Alexandra Moscwa, and Pierre, a son from his relationship with Nicole Garcia.

In a statement announcing his retirement in 2013, Rochefort spoke about his role in French culture, according to the Sun.

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"Suddenly, I realize that I am counted on by many people - that the French have affection for me," said the actor. "I did not know that. God, how good it is to know that you are loved. Love is what brings you."

The news of Rochefort's passing sparked an outpouring of condolences online, including from the French minister of culture Francoise Nyssen, New York Daily News reports.

"Deep sadness following Jean Rochefort's death," tweeted Nyssen, "an elegant, endearing, and beloved actor. A great master."

French commentator Douglas Herbert described Rochefort as "the man with the most famous mustache in French cinema."

"Immensely talented Jean Rochefort passed away at the age of 87," tweeted Unifrance. "He was the wit, the irony, the slow-burning charm. A timeless comedy icon."

Sources: New York Daily News, Deadline, Guardian (2), The Sun / Featured Image: MajIngrams/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Georges Biard/Wikimedia Commons (2)

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