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Jean Rochefort

Jean Rochefort

French actor
Jean Rochefort
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Intro French actor
Is Actor Film director Audio book narrator Consultant
From France
Type Business Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 29 April 1930, Dinan, canton of Dinan-Est, arrondissement of Dinan, Côtes-d'Armor
Age 90 years
Children: Pierre Rochefort
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Jean Rochefort (French: [ʒã ʁɔʃ.fɔʁ]; born 29 April 1930) is a French actor, with a career that has spanned over five decades.

Life and career

Rochefort was born in Paris, France from Breton parents. He was educated at the Lycée Pierre Corneille in Rouen He was 19 years old when he entered the Centre d'Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche. Later he joined the Conservatoire National. After his national service, in 1953, he worked with the Compagnie Grenier Hussenot as a theatre actor for seven years. There he was noticed for his ability to play both drama and comedy. He then became a television and cinema actor. He has also worked as director.

After some supporting roles in Cartouche, Captain Fracasse and in Merveilleuse Angélique, Jean Rochefort played his first big role with Annie Girardot as his wife and Claude Jade as their daughter in Hearth Fires in 1972. In this drama he starred as a man who leaves his family for ten years before returning. Four years after Hearth Fires he was the leading star of the midlife crisis comedy An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive as a man who risks his married life with Danièle Delorme for an affair with Anny Duperey. Thanks to this comedy, Rochefort get a big popularity. In 1972, he starred opposite Pierre Richard as Chief of Counter-Espionage Louis Toulouse in the Yves Robert comedy Le Grand Blond avec Une Chaussure Noire, a role he reprised in the 1974 sequel Le Retour du Grand Blond, also directed by Robert. In 1998, he starred as "Fernand de Morcerf" opposite Gerard Depardieu in the mini-series Le Comte de Monte Cristo.

In his 30s during the shooting of Cartouche, he discovered his passion for horses and equestrianism. He has been a horse breeder since then and now owns Le Haras de Villequoy. His passion led him to become a horse consultant for French television in 2004. He has won two César Awards: in 1976, Best Supporting Actor for Que la fête commence; and in 1978, Best Actor for Le Crabe-tambour.

In the eighties, he became the narrator of the French version of Welcome to Pooh Corner, replacing Laurie Main. This made him popular with children at the time and Disney hired him to record several audio versions of their classic movies. In the nineties, he came back to comedy with Les Grands Ducs where he played alongside two other actors of his generation with a similar career, Philippe Noiret and Jean-Pierre Marielle.

He was to play the title character in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, after being found as "the perfect Quixote" by director Terry Gilliam. Rochefort learned English just for the part. Unfortunately, amongst other production problems, he began suffering from a herniated disc. Unable to film for months, production was cancelled. A documentary, Lost in La Mancha, was made about the failed production.

In 1960 he married Alexandra Moscwa, with whom he has three children: Marie (1962), Julien (1965) and Guillaume. With actress-filmmaker Nicole Garcia, he also has a son Pierre. Through his second marriage with Françoise Vidal he has two children, Louise (1990) and Clémence (1992).


Year Title Role Director
1956 Rencontre à Paris ("Meeting in Paris") uncredited Georges Lampin
1958 Une balle dans le canon ("A Bullet in the Gun Barrel") Léopold Michel Deville and Charles Gérard
1961 Vingt mille lieues sur la terre ("20,000 Leagues Across the Land") Fernand Marcello Pagliero
Le Capitaine Fracasse Malartic Pierre Gaspard-Huit
1962 "Cartouche" ("Swords of Blood") La Taupe Philippe de Broca
"Le Soleil dans l'oeil" ("Sun in Your Eyes") cameo appearance Jacques Bourdon
Le Masque de fer ("The Iron Mask") Lastréaumont Henri Decoin
1963 "Fort-du-fou" ("Outpost in Indo-china") Noyelles Léo Joannon
"Symphonie pour un massacre (fr)" ("Symphony for a Massacre") Jabeke Jacques Deray
The Bread Peddler Ovide Soliveau Maurice Cloche
La Foire aux cancres (fr) ("The Blockhead Fair") Sigoules Louis Daquin
1964 Du grabuge chez les veuves (fr) ("Trouble Among Widows") inspector Laforêt Jacques Poitrenaud
Les Pieds nickelés (fr) Croquignol Jean-Claude Chambon (fr)
Angélique François Desgrez Bernard Borderie
1965 Merveilleuse Angélique ("Angelique: The Road to Versailles")
Les Tribulations d'un chinois en Chine ("Up to His Ears") Leon Philippe de Broca
1966 Angélique et le roy ("Angelique and the King") François Desgrez Bernard Borderie
À cœur joie ("Two Weeks in September") Philippe Serge Bourguignon
Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? ("Who Are You, Polly Magoo?") Grégoire Pecque William Klein
1967 Le Dimanche de la vie (fr) Capitaine Bordeille Jean Herman
1968 Ne jouez pas avec les Martiens ("Don't Play with Martians") René Mastier Henri Lanoë (fr)
Pour un amour lointain (fr) Guillaume Edmond Séchan
1969 Le Diable par la queue (fr) ("The Devil by the Tail") Georges, comte de Coustines Philippe de Broca.
Le Temps de mourir ("The Time to Die") Hervé Breton André Farwagi (fr)
1970 La Liberté en croupe (fr) Moss Édouard Molinaro
Céleste (fr) Georges Cazenave Michel Gast (fr)
1972 Le Grand blond avec une chaussure noire ("The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe") Colonel Louis Toulouse Yves Robert
L'Œuf (fr) ("The Egg") Victor Dugommier Jean Herman
Les Feux de la chandeleur ("Hearth Fires") Alexandre Boursault Serge Korber
1973 L'Héritier ("The Inheritor") André Berthier Philippe Labro
Bel ordure (fr) ("Lovely Swine") the police inspector Jean Marbœuf (fr)
Le Complot (fr) ("The Conspiracy") Dominic René Gainville
Salut l'artiste ("Hail The Artist") Clément Yves Robert
Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! ("Mean Frank and Crazy Tony") Louis Annunziata Michele Lupo
1974 L'Horloger de Saint-Paul ("The Clockmaker") Inspector Guilboud Bertrand Tavernier
Comment réussir quand on est con et pleurnichard ("How to Make Good When One Is a Jerk and a Crybaby") Foisnard Michel Audiard
Le fantôme de la liberté ("The Phantom of Liberty") Monsieur Legendre Luis Buñuel
Mio Dio, come sono caduta in basso! ("Till Marriage Do Us Part") Baron Henri De Sarcey Luigi Comencini
Retour du grand blond ("The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe") Colonel Toulouse Yves Robert
Isabelle devant le désir (fr) ("Isabelle and Lust") Monsieur Vaudois Jean-Pierre Berckmans
Que la fête commence... ("Let Joy Reign Supreme") Dubois Bertrand Tavernier
1975 Les innocents aux mains sales ("Innocents with Dirty Hands") Albert Légal Claude Chabrol
Un divorce heureux ("A Happy Divorce") Jean-Baptiste Morin Henning Carlsen
Les vécés étaient fermés de l'intérieur (fr) Commissaire Pichard Patrice Leconte
1976 Calmos ("Cool, Calm and Collected") Albert Bertrand Blier
Les Magiciens ("Death Rite") Edouard Claude Chabrol
Un éléphant ça trompe énormément ("An Elephant Can Be Extremely Deceptive") Étienne Dorsay Yves Robert
1977 Nous irons tous au paradis ("We Will All Meet in Paradise")
Le Crabe-tambour ("Drummer-Crab") the Captain Pierre Schoendoerffer
Le Diable dans la boîte (fr) ("The Devil in the Box") Alain Brissot Pierre Lary (fr)
1978 Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? Auguste Grandvilliers Ted Kotcheff
1979 Le Cavaleur (fr) ("Practice Makes Perfect") Édouard Choiseul Philippe de Broca
Grandison (fr) Carl Grandison Achim Kurz
Courage - Let's Run Martin Belhomme Yves Robert
French Postcards Monsieur Tessier Willard Huyck
1980 Chère inconnue (fr) ("Sent a Letter to My Love") Gilles Martin Moshé Mizrahi
Odio le bionde ("I Hate Blondes") Donald Rose Giorgio Capitani
1981 Un étrange voyage Pierre Alain Cavalier
Il faut tuer Birgitt Haas (fr) ("Birgit Haas Must Be Killed") Charles-Philippe Bauman Laurent Heynemann (fr)
1982 L'Indiscrétion (fr) Alain Tescique Pierre Lary
Le Grand Frère ("The Big Brother") Charles-Henri Rossi Francis Girod
1983 Un dimanche de flic (fr) ("A Cops' Sunday") Rupert Michel Vianey (fr)
L'Ami de Vincent (fr) ("A Friend of Vincent") Vincent Lamarre Pierre Granier-Deferre
1984 Frankenstein 90 Victor Frankenstein Alain Jessua
Réveillon chez Bob (fr) Louis Alban Denys Granier-Deferre
1985 "David, Thomas et les autres" ("A Volley for a Black Buffalo") Monsieur Louis László Szabó
1986 La Galette du roi (fr) Arnold Jean-Michel Ribes
1987 Tandem Michel Mortez Patrice Leconte
Le Moustachu (fr) ("The Field Agent") Capitaine Duroc Dominique Chaussois
My First Forty Years (also known as My Wonderful Life) Prince Riccio Carlo Vanzina
1989 Je suis le seigneur du château ("I'm the King of the Castle") Jean Bréaud Régis Wargnier
1990 Le Mari de la coiffeuse ("The Hairdresser's Husband") Antoine Patrice Leconte
Le Château de ma mère ("My Mother's Castle") Loïs de Montmajour / Adolphe Cassignole Yves Robert
1991 Amoureux fou ("Love Crazy" or "Madly in Love") Rudolph Robert Ménard
1992 Le Bal des casse-pieds (fr) Henri Sauveur Yves Robert
The Timekeeper Louis XV of France Jeff Blyth
L'Atlantide Le Meige Bob Swaim
1993 Tango Bellhop Patrice Leconte
Cible émouvante (fr) ("Wild Target") Victor Meynard Pierre Salvadori
Tombés du ciel ("Lost in Transit") Arturo Conti Philippe Lioret
1994 "La prossima volta il fuoco" ("Next Time the Fire") Amedeo Fabio Carpi
Tutti gli anni una volta l'anno ("Once a Year, Every Year") Raffaele Gianfrancesco Lazotti
Prêt-à-Porter Inspecteur Tantpis Robert Altman
1995 "Tom est tout seul" Jean-Pierre Fabien Onteniente
1996 "Palace" Thomas Fausto Joan Gràcia, Paco Mir and Carles Sans
Les Grands Ducs Eddie Carpentier Patrice Leconte
Ridicule the Marquis of Bellegarde
Never Ever Gerard Panier Charles Finch
1997 Barracuda (fr) Monsieur Clément Philippe Haïm
1998 "Le Serpent a mangé la grenouille" Monsieur Moreau Alain Guesnier
El viento se llevó lo qué (it) ("Wind with the Gone") Edgar Wexley Alejandro Agresti
Le Comte de Monte Cristo ("The Count of Monte Cristo") Fernand de Morcerf Josée Dayan
1999 Rembrandt (fr) Nicolaes Tulp Charles Matton
2001 Le Placard Kopel Francis Veber
"Honolulu Baby" Cri Cri Maurizio Nichetti
"La Vie sans secret de Walter Nions" Walter Nions Hugo Gélin
2002 L'homme du train ("The Man on the Train") Manesquier Patrice Leconte
Blanche (fr) Cardinal Mazarin Bernie Bonvoisin
Lost in La Mancha as himself (uncredited) Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe
2003 Fanfan la tulipe narrator Gérard Krawczyk
Les Clefs de bagnole ("The Car Keys") cameo appearance Laurent Baffie
2004 RRRrrrr!!! Lucie Alain Chabat
Les Dalton ("The Daltons") Jolly Jumper (voice) Philippe Haïm
2005 Akoibon (fr) Chris Barnes Édouard Baer
L'enfer ("Hell") Louis Édouard Baer
2006 Désaccord parfait (fr) Louis Ruinard Antoine de Caunes
Ne le dis à personne ("Tell No One") Gilbert Neuville Guillaume Canet
2007 Mr. Bean's Holiday The Head Waitor Steve Bendelack
La clef Joseph Arp Guillaume Nicloux
2008 id - Identity of the Soul narrator Thomas Hoegh
J'ai toujours rêvé d'être un gangster (fr) Jean Samuel Benchetrit
Agathe Cléry Louis Guignard Etienne Chatiliez
2012 The Artist and the Model Marc Cros Fernando Trueba
Astérix et Obélix: Au service de sa Majesté (Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia) Lucius Fouinus Laurent Tirard
2015 April and the Twisted World Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci
2015 Floride Claude Lherminier Philippe Le Guay


  • 1953 : Azouk by Alexandre Rivemale, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Fontaine
  • 1953 : L'Huitre et la perle by William Saroyan, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Fontaine
  • 1953 : Les Images d'Épinal by Albert Vidalie, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Cabaret La Fontaine des Quatre-Saisons
  • 1954 : Responsabilité limitée by Robert Hossein, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Fontaine
  • 1954 : L’Amour des quatre colonels by Peter Ustinov, adaptation Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Fontaine
  • 1957 : Romanoff et Juliette by Peter Ustinov, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Marigny
  • 1957 : L’Amour des quatre colonels by Peter Ustinov, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique
  • 1958 : Tessa by Jean Giraudoux from the work of Basil Dean and Margaret Kennedy, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Marigny
  • 1958 : L’Étonnant Pennypacker by Liam O'Brien, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Marigny
  • 1960 : Champignol malgré lui by Georges Feydeau and Maurice Desvallières, staging Jean-Pierre Grenier, Théâtre Marigny
  • 1960 : Le Comportement des époux Bredburry by François Billetdoux, staging by the author, Théâtre des Mathurins
  • 1960 : Génousie by René de Obaldia, staging Roger Mollien, TNP Théâtre Récamier
  • 1961  : Loin de Rueil by Maurice Jarre and Roger Pillaudin from the work of Raymond Queneau, staging Maurice Jarre and Jean Vilar, TNP Théâtre national de Chaillot
  • 1962 : Frank V by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, staging André Barsacq, Théâtre de l'Atelier
  • 1964 : Cet animal étrange by Gabriel Arout from the work of Anton Tchekhov, staging Claude Régy, Théâtre Hébertot
  • 1965 : La Collection and L’Amant by Harold Pinter, staging Claude Régy, Théâtre Hébertot
  • 1966 : La prochaine fois je vous le chanterai by James Saunders, staging Claude Régy, Théâtre Antoine
  • 1969 : Le Prix by Arthur Miller, staging Raymond Rouleau, Théâtre Montparnasse
  • 1970 : Un jour dans la mort de Joe Egg by Peter Nichols, staging Michel Fagadau, Théâtre de la Gaîté-Montparnasse
  • 1971 : C'était hier by Harold Pinter, staging Jorge Lavelli, Théâtre Montparnasse
  • 1982 : L'Étrangleur s'excite by Éric Naggar, staging Jean Rochefort, Théâtre Hébertot
  • 1985 : Boulevard du mélodrame by Juan Pineiro and Alfredo Arias, staging Alfredo Arias, National Dramatic Center of Aubervilliers
  • 1988 : Une vie de théâtre by David Mamet, adaptation Pierre Laville, staging Michel Piccoli, Théâtre des Mathurins
  • 1988 : La femme à contre-jour by Éric Naggar, staging Jean Rochefort, Théâtre des Mathurins
  • 1988 : Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, staging Jean Rochefort, Théâtre de Paris
  • 1988 : Le Carnaval des animaux musique Camille Saint-Saëns
  • 1989 : Une vie de théâtre by David Mamet, staging Michel Piccoli
  • 1991 : Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) by Igor Stravinsky, staging Jean Rochefort
  • 1995 : Oraison funèbre sur la mort de Condé by Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, music Jean-Baptiste Lully, direction Hervé Niquet, Royal Chapel of the Château de Versailles
  • 1996 : Le Petit Tailleur music Tibor Tibor Harsányi and Le Carnaval des animaux music Camille Saint-Saëns, Théâtre du Châtelet, Bruxelles
  • 1998 : Art by Yasmina Reza, staging Patrice Kerbrat, with Pierre Vaneck and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Théâtre Hébertot
  • 2004 : Heureux ? sketchs by Fernand Raynaud, with Bruno Fontaine, Comédie des Champs-Élysées
  • 2006 : Mousquetaires de Richelieu, show of the Puy du Fou
  • 2007 : Entre autres, a one-man show with Lionel Suarez playing accordion, in which he pays a tribute to the authors who influenced him, from Roland Barthes to Jean Yanne, notwithstanding Fernandel, Verlaine, Boby Lapointe or Primo Levi, Théâtre de la Madeleine
  • 2007 at the Olympia : where he sang Félicie aussi, a song by Fernandel, during the last three concerts of Vincent Delerm's tour the 30 and 31 of May 2007 and the 1st of June 2007

Audio Book

  • Le Pont de la rivière Kwaï (The Bridge over the River Kwai), by Pierre Boulle
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