The Info List - Jean-Pierre Léaud

Jean-Pierre Léaud, ComM (French: [ʒɑ̃pjɛʁ le.o]; born 28 May 1944) is a French actor, best known for playing Antoine Doinel in François Truffaut's series of films about that character, beginning with The 400 Blows
The 400 Blows
(Les Quatre Cents Coups, 1959). He also worked several times with Jean-Luc Godard, and is a significant figure of the French New Wave.


1 Early life 2 Truffaut's influence from adolescence into adulthood 3 Acting career 4 Personal life 5 Honours and awards

5.1 Awards 5.2 Honours

6 Selected filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Born in Paris, Léaud made his major debut as an actor at the age of 14 as Antoine Doinel, a semi-autobiographical character based on the life events of French film director François Truffaut, in The 400 Blows. To cast the two adolescents, Truffaut published an announcement in France-Soir
and auditioned several hundred children in September and October 1958. Jean Domarchi, a critic at Cahiers du cinéma, had earlier recommended the son of an assistant scriptwriter, Pierre Léaud, and the actress Jacqueline Pierreux. Truffaut was immediately captivated by the fourteen-year-old adolescent,[1] who had already appeared with Jean Marais
Jean Marais
in Georges Lampin's La Tour, prends garde ! (1958). He recognized traits they both shared, "for example a certain suffering with regard to the family...With, however, this fundamental difference: though we were both rebels, we hadn't expressed our rebellion in the same way. I preferred to cover up and lie. Jean-Pierre, on the contrary, seeks to hurt, shock and wants it to be known...Why? Because he's unruly, while I was sly. Because his excitability requires that things happen to him, and when they don't occur quickly enough, he provokes them".[1]:129 In his final interview, Truffaut mentioned he was happy with how Léaud improvised within the flexibly written script.[2] Jean-Pierre Léaud, then in the eighth grade at a private school in Pontigny, was a far from ideal student. The director of the school wrote this to Truffaut, "I regret to inform you that Jean-Pierre is more and more 'unmanageable'. Indifference, arrogance, permanent defiance, lack of discipline in all its forms. He has twice been caught leafing through pornographic pictures in the dorm. He is developing more and more into an emotionally disturbed case".[1]:129 But this unstable boy, who often ran away with the older students on their nights out, could also be brilliant, generous, and affectionate. Extremely cultured for his age,[1]:130 he was already very good at writing, and he even claimed to Truffaut that he had written a "verse tragedy", Torquatus.[1]:130 Truffaut's influence from adolescence into adulthood[edit] Throughout the production of The 400 Blows
The 400 Blows
(Les Quatre Cents Coups, 1959), wrote Jay Carr "Truffaut would take Léaud to see rushes of Godard's Breathless each evening. They'd sit up late talking film with Godard, Rivette, Rohmer, Eustache, Orson Welles.”[3] Upon the filmmaker’s death, the actor reminisced Truffaut was the first person he admired and that he “spoke to children like they were adults. He realized that children understood things better than adults did. He was purely intuitive. We operated in a sort of complicity.”[3] During and following the filming of The 400 Blows, Truffaut’s concern for Léaud extended beyond the film set. He took charge of the difficult adolescent’s upbringing after Léaud was expelled from school and kicked out of the home of the retired couple taking care of him. Truffaut subsequently rented a studio apartment for Léaud. Truffaut also hired him for assistant work on The Soft Skin
The Soft Skin
(La peau douce, 1964) and Mata Hari, Agent H21
Mata Hari, Agent H21
(1964).[4] Acting career[edit]

Léaud at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Léaud starred in four more Truffaut films depicting the life of Doinel, spanning a period of 20 years—after the short-film Antoine et Colette in 1962—beside actress Claude Jade
Claude Jade
as his girlfriend, and then wife, Christine. Those films are Stolen Kisses
Stolen Kisses
(1968), Bed and Board (1970) and Love on the Run (1979). Truffaut stated that Léaud was the source of inspiration for the Antoine Doinel character and "I created some scenes just because I knew he would be funny in them—at least I laughed during the writing as I thought of him."[2] He also collaborated with Truffaut on non- Antoine Doinel films like Two English Girls (Les Deux Anglaises et le Continent]], 1971) and Day for Night (La Nuit américaine, 1973) and became the actor most commonly affiliated with him. Although Antoine Doinel is his most familiar character, he often found his performances in other films to be compared to his Doinel character whether there were legitimate similarities or not.[5] Léaud is one of the most visible and well-known actors to be associated with the French New Wave film movement and, aside from his work with Truffaut, collaborated with Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(nine films), Jean Eustache, Jacques Rivette
Jacques Rivette
and Agnes Varda. The early 1970s was perhaps the peak of his professional career when he had three critically acclaimed films released: Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris (1972), Truffaut's La Nuit américaine, and Eustache's The Mother and the Whore (both 1973). In the Bertolucci film, Léaud appeared in the same film as a hero of his, Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
, although the two men never met, since all of Léaud's scenes were shot on Saturdays and Brando refused to work on Saturdays.[6] In March 1966, Léaud won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 16th Berlin International Film Festival
Berlin International Film Festival
for his role in Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin, féminin.[7] He was nominated for a César Award
César Award
for Best Supporting Actor in 1988 for Les Keufs
Les Keufs
and was awarded an Honorary César for lifetime achievement in 2000. Léaud acted in films by other influential directors, such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jerzy Skolimowski, Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
and Olivier Assayas and Tsai Ming-liang. Personal life[edit] He is married to the French actress Brigitte Duvivier.[8] Honours and awards[edit] Awards[edit]

(1961) Nominated for the BAFTA Film Award
BAFTA Film Award
for being the "Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles" for his role in The 400 Blows (1959). (1966) Won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Masculin Féminin. (1987) Nominated for César Award
César Award
for Best Supporting Actor at the César Awards
César Awards
for his role in the film Les keufs. (1996) Won "Best Actor" at the Thessaloniki Film Festival
Thessaloniki Film Festival
for his role in Pour rire! (2000) Received the Honorary César at the César Awards. (2001) Shared the FIPRESCI Prize with Bertrand Bonello
Bertrand Bonello
for his role in The Pornographer. (2016) Received the Honorary Palme d'Or
Honorary Palme d'Or
at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival[9] (2017) Won the Lumières Award for Best Actor for his role in The Death of Louis XIV.


Commmander of the Order of Merit, Portugal
(12 January 2017)[10]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Director Role

1958 King on Horseback Georges Lampin Pierrot

1959 The 400 Blows François Truffaut Antoine Doinel

1960 Boulevard Julien Duvivier Jojo

Testament of Orpheus Jean Cocteau Dargelos

1962 Antoine and Colette François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(2) Antoine Doinel

1965 Pierrot le Fou Jean-Luc Godard A Spectator

Love at Sea Guy Gilles Cameo Appearance

1966 Le Père Noël a les yeux bleus Jean Eustache Daniel

Made in U.S.A. Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(2) Donald Siegel

Masculin Féminin Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(3) Paul

Alphaville Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(4) The Waiter

1967 Weekend Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(5) Saint-Just

La Chinoise Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(6) Guillaume

The Departure Jerzy Skolimowski Marc

1968 Stolen Kisses François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(3) Antoine Doinel

1969 Pigsty Pier Paolo Pasolini Julian Klotz

Joy of Learning Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(7) Le Rousseau

1970 Bed and Board François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(4) Antoine Doinel

The Seven Headed Lion Glauber Rocha Preacher

1971 Two English Girls François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(5) Claude Roc

Out 1 Jacques Rivette Colin

1972 Last Tango in Paris Bernardo Bertolucci Tom

1973 The Mother and the Whore Jean Eustache
Jean Eustache
(2) Alexandre

Day for Night François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(6) Alphonse

1979 Love on the Run François Truffaut
François Truffaut
(7) Antoine Doinel

1981 Help Me Dream Pupi Avati Mario

1985 Treasure Island Raúl Ruiz Midas

Détective Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(8) Inspector Neveu

1987 Les keufs Josiane Balasko Commissioner Bullfinch

1988 36 Fillette Catherine Breillat Boris Golovine

1989 Bunker Palace Hôtel Enki Bilal Solal

1990 I Hired a Contract Killer Aki Kaurismäki Henri Boulanger

1992 La Vie de Bohème Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
(2) Blancheron

1993 La Naissance de l'amour Philippe Garrel Marcus

1995 One Hundred and One Nights Agnès Varda Jean-Pierre

1996 My Man Bertrand Blier Monsieur Claude

Irma Vep Olivier Assayas René Vidal

2001 The Pornographer Bertrand Bonello Jacques Laurent

What Time Is It There? Tsai Ming-Liang Jean-Pierre/Man at Cemetery

2004 Folle embellie Dominique Cabrera Fernand

2005 J'ai vu tuer Ben Barka Serge Le Péron and Saïd Smihi Georges Franju

2009 Face Tsai Ming-Liang
Tsai Ming-Liang
(2) Antoine/King Herodes

2011 Le Havre Aki Kaurismäki
Aki Kaurismäki
(3) The Informer

2012 Camille redouble Noémie Lvovsky The Jeweller

2014 La collection: Ecrire pour... la trentaine vue par des écrivains (2014 TV Mini-Series)   Cameo appearance in "Rosa mystica" episode

2016 The Death of Louis XIV Albert Serra Louis XIV

2016 M. (in post-production)   Cameo appearance

2017 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Nobuhiro Suwa Jean


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Jean-Luc Godard
(First ed.). New York: Metropolitan Books / Henry Holt and Company, LLC. p. 256. ISBN 9780805068863. Retrieved 29 January 2016.  ^ "Essay on Léaud's career". Archived from the original on 2010-01-27.  ^ Monaco, James (1978). Celebrity: the media as image makers. Dell Pub. Co. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-440-50991-2. Retrieved 29 March 2011.  ^ "Berlinale 1966: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2010-02-24.  ^ Lounas, Thierry. "- Interview : JEAN-PIERRE LEAUD - " Il me faut la caméra. Dans la vie, il n'y a pas de caméra et je deviens ennuyeux. "". Sofilm. Retrieved 29 January 2016.  ^ Nancy Tartaglione (10 May 2016). " Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
To Receive Honorary Palme d'Or
Honorary Palme d'Or
– Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 20 May 2016.  ^ "Cidadãos Estrangeiros Agraciados com Ordens Portuguesas". Página Oficial das Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 

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Honorary César


Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1976) Diana Ross
Diana Ross
(1976) Henri Langlois
Henri Langlois
(1977) Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati
(1977) Robert Dorfmann (1978) René Goscinny
René Goscinny
(1978) Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné
(1979) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1979) Walt Disney
Walt Disney
(1979) Pierre Braunberger (1980) Louis de Funès
Louis de Funès
(1980) Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
(1980) Marcel Pagnol
Marcel Pagnol
(1981) Alain Resnais (1981) Georges Dancigers (1982) Alexandre Mnouchkine (1982) Jean Nény (1982) Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1982) Raimu
(1983) René Clément
René Clément
(1984) Georges de Beauregard (1984) Edwige Feuillère
Edwige Feuillère
(1984) Christian-Jaque (1985) Danielle Darrieux
Danielle Darrieux
(1985) Christine Gouze-Rénal (1985) Alain Poiré (1985) Maurice Jarre
Maurice Jarre
(1986) Bette Davis
Bette Davis
(1986) Jean Delannoy
Jean Delannoy
(1986) René Ferracci (1986) Claude Lanzmann
Claude Lanzmann
(1986) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1987) Serge Silberman (1988) Bernard Blier
Bernard Blier
(1989) Paul Grimault
Paul Grimault
(1989) Gérard Philipe
Gérard Philipe
(1990) Jean-Pierre Aumont
Jean-Pierre Aumont
(1991) Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
(1991) Michèle Morgan
Michèle Morgan
(1992) Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1992) Jean Marais
Jean Marais
(1993) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1993) Gérard Oury
Gérard Oury
(1993) Jean Carmet
Jean Carmet
(1994) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1995) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1995) Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
(1995) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1996) Henri Verneuil
Henri Verneuil
(1996) Charles Aznavour
Charles Aznavour
(1997) Andie MacDowell
Andie MacDowell
(1997) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1998) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(1998) Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(1998) Pedro Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
(1999) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(1999) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(1999) Josiane Balasko
Josiane Balasko
(2000) Georges Cravenne
Georges Cravenne
(2000) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(2000) Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese


Darry Cowl (2001) Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2001) Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2001) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(2002) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(2002) Claude Rich
Claude Rich
(2002) Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont
(2003) Spike Lee
Spike Lee
(2003) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2003) Micheline Presle
Micheline Presle
(2004) Jacques Dutronc
Jacques Dutronc
(2005) Will Smith
Will Smith
(2005) Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
(2006) Pierre Richard
Pierre Richard
(2006) Marlène Jobert
Marlène Jobert
(2007) Jude Law
Jude Law
(2007) Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(2008) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(2008) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(2009) Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford
(2010) Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
(2011) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2012) Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner
(2013) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2014) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2015) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(2016) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2017) Penélope Cruz
Penélope Cruz

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Lumières Award for Best Actor

Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1996) Charles Berling
Charles Berling
(1997) Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1998) Jacques Villeret (1999) Philippe Torreton
Philippe Torreton
(2000) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(2001) Michel Bouquet
Michel Bouquet
(2002) Jean Rochefort
Jean Rochefort
(2003) Bruno Todeschini (2004) Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
(2005) Romain Duris
Romain Duris
(2006) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(2007) Mathieu Amalric
Mathieu Amalric
(2008) Vincent Cassel
Vincent Cassel
(2009) Tahar Rahim
Tahar Rahim
(2010) Michael Lonsdale
Michael Lonsdale
(2011) Omar Sy
Omar Sy
(2012) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(2013) Guillaume Gallienne
Guillaume Gallienne
(2014) Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel
(2015) Vincent Lindon
Vincent Lindon
(2016) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(2017) Nahuel Pérez Biscayart
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart

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Silver Bear for Best Actor

Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1956) Pedro Infante
Pedro Infante
(1957) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Fredric March
Fredric March
(1960) Peter Finch
Peter Finch
(1961) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1962) Sidney Poitier
Sidney Poitier
(1963) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1964) Lee Marvin
Lee Marvin
(1965) Jean-Pierre Léaud
Jean-Pierre Léaud
(1966) Michel Simon
Michel Simon
(1967) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(1968) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1971) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1972) Vlastimil Brodský (1975) Gerhard Olschewski (1976) Fernando Fernán Gómez
Fernando Fernán Gómez
(1977) Craig Russell (1978) Michele Placido
Michele Placido
(1979) Andrzej Seweryn
Andrzej Seweryn
(1980) Anatoly Solonitsyn
Anatoly Solonitsyn
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1981) Stellan Skarsgård
Stellan Skarsgård
/ Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(1982) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(1983) Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1984) Fernando Fernán Gómez
Fernando Fernán Gómez
(1985) Tuncel Kurtiz (1986) Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1987) Jörg Pose / Manfred Möck (1988) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1989) Iain Glen
Iain Glen
(1990) Maynard Eziashi (1991) Armin Mueller-Stahl
Armin Mueller-Stahl
(1992) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1993) Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
(1994) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1995) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1996) Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
(1997) Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
(1998) Michael Gwisdek
Michael Gwisdek
(1999) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(2000) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2001) Jacques Gamblin
Jacques Gamblin
(2002) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell
(2003) Daniel Hendler
Daniel Hendler
(2004) Lou Taylor Pucci
Lou Taylor Pucci
(2005) Moritz Bleibtreu
Moritz Bleibtreu
(2006) Julio Chávez (2007) Reza Naji
Reza Naji
(2008) Sotigui Kouyaté (2009) Grigoriy Dobrygin
Grigoriy Dobrygin
/ Sergei Puskepalis
Sergei Puskepalis
(2010) Peyman Moaadi
Peyman Moaadi
/ Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini
/ Ali-Asghar Shahbazi / Babak Karimi (2011) Mikkel Følsgaard
Mikkel Følsgaard
(2012) Nazif Mujić (2013) Liao Fan
Liao Fan
(2014) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(2015) Majd Mastoura (2016) Georg Friedrich (2017)

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