He has played in so many movies that it is almost impossible to count them! Belmondo nicknamed “Bébel”, is THE actor of the 20th century. His first movie A bout de souffle made him famous in the early 60s. In the same year, he appeared for the first time on ” La Croisette” during the 14th Cannes Festival for the movie Moderato Cantabile by Peter Brook which unfortunately wasn’t well-received by the press.
During the following years, he played roles in Europe with famous actresses Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale, and also with the very successful Jean Gabin who once, on set, said to him “kid you’re my 20s!”. He was elected President of the French Acting Union in 1963.