Jean-Louis Xavier Trintignant, born on December 11th,1930, in Piolenc, France, to Claire and Roul Trintignant, is a proclaimed actor, writer, and director. He was interested in drama since childhood and made his debut in theaters at an early age. He made his first debut in 1951 and was said to be one of the best actors of France of that time. At the tender age of 20, he moved to Paris to pursue his career in drama.
His first appearance was in the year 1955, and since then he gained immense popularity. In 1956, he gained popularity when he was paired opposite the famous actress, Brigitte Bardot, in the movie, And God Created Women. However, in between, his career was interrupted due to military service, which was mandatory for him. However, after his return to Paris, he continued with his career in the industry. He played the main lead role in A Man and a Woman, which was assumed to be one of the best French classics of that time.
He made collaborations with famous Italian directors of that time and his work was seen in A Great Silence, Violent Summer, Desert of the Tartars, and La Terrazza. Jean also appeared in several films during that time including Confidentially Yours, Three Colors: Red, ‘Amour’, and 21 Years Later. He made his first English movie, Under Fire, in 1983. However, his primary focus was stage performance rather than films.
Jean hails from an affluent family, with his uncles being very well-known race car drivers. It was for this reason that he was the first choice of Claude Lelouche for the role of a racer in A Man and a Woman. Jean married twice. He first married Stephane Audran, who was an actress, and he then married Nadine Marquand, who was a film artist, writer, and director. They had three children- Vincent, Pauline, and Marie.
Jean received several awards, some of which are Silver Bear for Best Actor for The Man Who Lies in 1968, Cannes Award for Best Actor for Z in 1969, European Film Awards for Best Actor for Amour in 2012, and Cesar Award for Best Actor in 2013.