What happened to Jean-Louis Trintignant? Tributes pour in as legendary French actor dies aged 91

Well-known French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant passed away at 91. The news was revealed by his wife, Marianne Hoepfner. Trintignant was active in the film industry since 1950 and was a part of several successful projects. Further details on his funeral are awaited.

Jean-Louis Trintignant was an all-time top five actor. A man who built such rich interior lives in his characters whether he was speaking a mile a minute or saying nothing at all. Decades of sensational work, watching him master his craft time and time again.

Jean-Louis Trintignant’s cause of death explored: Multiple angles present

Various news outlets have reported that Jean-Louis Trintignant died in his sleep. An official statement on the same is currently awaited from his family members. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018 but refused to seek treatment, as per his testimony in an interview.


His health deteriorated in November 2021 and he was slowly losing his eyesight. His ex-wife Nadine Trintignant stated that he could not walk well anymore. However, it remains unknown if prostate cancer played any role in his death.

Netizens pay tribute on Twitter

Jean-Louis Trintignant became a familiar name among the public for his flawless performances on screen. Twitter was flooded with tributes when people heard about his demise:

He was one of my favorite actors of all times and he had it all.He went through an imaginable ordeal with so much dignity.Rest in Power Jean-Louis #Trintignant ✨🙏🏾🥲

One of the all-time greatest & most relatable of actors. Up there with all the true unforgettable names, and the star of films like THE CONFORMIST, Z, MY NIGHT AT MAUD’S, THREE COLORS: RED, and AMOUR. Rest in Peace, Jean-Louis Trintignant.…

DEP Jean-Louis Trintignant.(Con Romy Schneider en “Le train”, 1972)

Jean-Louis Trintignant, the French actor closely associated with the European new waves of the 1960s and 70s, has died aged 91. He worked with many leading directors including Claude Lelouch, Claude Chabrol, Costa-Gavras, Bernardo Bertolucci, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Michael Haneke.

RIP Jean-Louis Trintignant ~ Corbucci’s The Great Silence, one of the most violent westerns & a personal all-timer. Trintignant is mute the whole film & yet he’s as compelling as ever; you can’t take your eyes off him. It’s a thing of beauty this film, one of his best

R.I.P. Jean-Louis Trintignant. An absolute legend. Z, The Great Silence, The Conformist, Amour, My Night at Maud’s, Three Colors: Red and much much more. Few can say they were in this many truly great films and gave excellent performances in them.

Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930-2022) RIP The Conformist (1970)

RIP Jean-Louis Trintignant, star of several of my favourite movies

RIP Jean‑Louis Trintignant, will always admire his performance in The Great Silence

He is survived by his son Vincent from his second wife Nadine Marquand, and wife Marianne. Trintignant was previously married to Stephane Audran and had two more children with Nadine – Pauline, and Marine. Pauline died in 1969 whereas Marine died in August 2003.

Journey of Jean-Louis Trintignant as an actor

Born on December 11, 1930, he initially wanted to study law but developed an interest in acting. He gained recognition for his performance in the 1956 romantic drama, And God Created Woman.

He then served in the military for a few years before returning to the film industry in 1966 with A Man and a Woman. He played the role of Jean-Louis Duroc and the film was successful at the box office. Trintignant began collaborating with Italian directors and a few of his Italian films include The Great Silence, Violent Summer, The Easy Life, and more.

Jean-Louis Trintignant appeared in several French and English films (Image via Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Jean-Louis Trintignant appeared in several French and English films (Image via Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

He also appeared in English films, starting with the 1972 thriller, The Outside Man and the 1983 political thriller, Under Fire. He appeared in another thriller, Confidentially Yours, and the sequel of A Man and a WomanA Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later.

Trintignant played the role of Joseph Kern in the 1994 romantic mystery film, Three Colours: Red. He started making stage appearances and occasionally worked on films. He collaborated with director Michael Haneke and returned to films with the 2012 romantic drama film Amour followed by the 2017 drama film, Happy End.


Although Jean-Louis retired from acting in 2018, he appeared in the 2019 drama film, The Best Years of a Life.

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