Michel Piccoli, the prolific French actor has passed away at the age of 94. The French actor was known for his leading roles in films as Jean-Luc Godard’s Contempt and Luis Buñuel’s Belle de jour etc.
Piccoli’s family shared the news on Monday. Agence France-Presse and French newspaper Le Figaro reported the news of his death as well. Piccoli starred in 230-plus movies throughout a career that spanned eight decades, beginning in the late 1940s and lasting all the way until 2015. He also boasted a bountiful stage and television career, performing in dozens of plays and telefilms.
During his career Piccoli worked with major filmmakers like Godard (1963’s Contempt, 1982’s Passion), Luis Buñuel (1967’s Belle de jour, 1969’s The Milky Way, 1972’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), Claude Sautet (1970’s The Things of Life, 1971’s Max et les ferrailleurs), Marco Ferreri (1969’s Dillinger Is Dead, 1973’s La Grande Bouffe), Jean Renoir (1955’s French Cancan), Jacques Rivette (1991’s La Belle Noiseuse), Jean-Pierre Melville (1962’s Le Doulos) and Alfred Hitchcock (playing a Soviet spy in 1969’s Topaz).
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