Icon of French theater and cinema, Jean-Louis Trintignant died on Friday June 17 at the age of 91. The news came via an AFP press release sent by his agent and his wife Mariane Hoepfner Trintignant. The actor was suffering from prostate cancer.
The native of Piolenc (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) is also known for his passion: motorsport.
“The car is a magical way to be free. The automobile has brought me immense joys, extraordinary happiness
– Jean-Louis Trintignant
This passion is not insignificant since the name Trintignant resonates in motorsport. His uncle, Maurice, known as Pétoulet, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix in the 1950s. The actor has been immersed in the industry since childhood and quickly learns to have a hell of a drive. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was notably seen taking part in the Rallye Monte-Carlo. In 1980, he took part in the 48th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Porsche 935 with Anne-Charlotte Verney. Unfortunately, the actor does not finish the race and abandons after the 217th lap of the race.
When he managed to do a time on a circuit, he was happier than if he was told that his film had made 3 million admissions
– Claude Lelouch
Movies and cars…
Above all, the automobile is omnipresent in his filmography. In A man and a woman (1966), he drives on the beach of Deauville in a Ford Mustang to join Anouk Aimée in a legendary scene…
Two decades later he turns with Claude Lelouch the continuation of this saga (A man and a woman, 20 years old already): the opportunity to see Jean-Louis Trintignant take part in one of the most breathtaking chases in the history of cinema.
We also mention The Braggart (1962), by Dino Risi. Italian actor Vittorio Gassman drives it in Lancia Aurelia towards freedom and an unfortunate turn near Livorno.
Photo: George Biard / CC-BY-3.0 / Wikimedia Commons
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