Jean Rochefort

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Jean Rochefort is a French actor and singer who has been in the movie business for more than five decades. Rochefort was born in Paris, France, in 1930. He went to school at the LycÉe Pierre Corneille and studied acting at the Centre d'Art Dramatique. After serving in the French army, Rochefort worked for several years on the French stage, before starting to act in films in late 1950s. Among his stand-out performances are Cartouche, Angelique, and Le Temp de Mourir. He won Cesar awards (the French equivalent to an Academy award) in 1974 and 1977. Rochefort is best known for his roles in black comedies and French sex farces, but he also has considerable range as a dramatic actor. He was chosen by Terry Gilliam to play Don Quixote in Gilliam's ill-fated attempt to make a movie of Don Quixote de la Mancha. Outside of acting, Rochefort is a successful horse breeder and frequently advises the film industry on equine matters.