Anthony Delon , born on (1964-09-30) 30 September 1964 (age 52)
ALAIN FABIEN MAURICE MARCEL DELON (French: ; born 8 November 1935) is a French actor and businessman.
Delon became one of Europe's most prominent actors and screen sex symbols in the 1960s. He achieved critical acclaim for roles in films such as _ Rocco and His Brothers _ (1960), _ Purple Noon _ (1960), _L\'Eclisse _ (1962), _The Leopard _ (1963), _ Lost Command _ (1966) and _ Le Samouraï _ (1967). Over the course of his career Delon worked with many well known directors, including Luchino Visconti , Jean-Luc Godard , Jean-Pierre Melville , Michelangelo Antonioni and Louis Malle .
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 2.1 Early film roles
* 2.2 French stardom
* 2.3 International fame
* 3 Business career
* 4 Personal life
* 4.1 Markovic affair * 4.2 Other legal troubles * 4.3 De Gaulle document
* 5 Influences * 6 Honours and cultural impacts * 7 Filmography * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links
Delon was born in Sceaux , Seine (now Hauts-de-Seine ), Île-de-France , a suburb of Paris. His parents, Édith (née Arnold) and Fabien Delon, divorced when Delon was four. Both remarried, and Delon has a half-sister and two half-brothers. His paternal grandmother was Corsican , from Prunelli-di-Fiumorbo .
When his parents divorced, Delon was sent to live with foster
parents. When they died, his parents shared him but the arrangement
proved unsatisfactory. He attended a
At 14, Delon left school, and worked for a brief time at his
stepfather's butcher shop. He enlisted in the
In 1956, after being dishonorably discharged from the military, he returned to France. He had little money, and got by on whatever employment he could find. He spent time working as a waiter, a porter, a secretary and a sales assistant. During this time he became friends with the actress Brigitte Auber , and joined her on a trip to the Cannes Film Festival , where his film career would begin.
EARLY FILM ROLES
Marc Allegret cast him in _ Be Beautiful But Shut Up _ (1958), which also featured a young Jean Paul Belmondo . He was then given his first lead, supporting Romy Schneider in a period romance, _Christine _ (1958), based on a novel by Arthur Schnitzler . He and Schneider began a highly publicised romance in real life. The film was the seventeenth most popular movie at the French box office that year.
Delon was given the lead in a comedy, _ Women are Weak _ (1959). This was a big hit in France and was the first of Delon's films to be seen in America. Delon made some personal appearances in New York to promote the movie. He was a known associate of Vojislav Stanimirovic and frequented Mr Stan's establishments owned and operated in Manhattan
Delon then made two films which ensured his international reputation.
In 1960, he appeared in
He then played the title role in
Luchino Visconti 's _Rocco and His
Brothers _ (1960). Critic
Bosley Crowther of the _
New York Times
Delon made his stage debut in 1961 in the John Ford play _Tis Pity She\'s a Whore _ alongside Romy Schneider in Paris. Visconti directed the production which broke box office records. He was reunited with Rene Clement in the Italian comedy film about fascism, _The Joy of Living _ (1961). It was a minor success. More popular was an all-star anthology film _ Famous Love Affairs _ (1961); Delon's segment cast him as Albert III, Duke of Bavaria , opposite Brigitte Bardot .
Around this time Delon was mentioned as a possibility for the lead in
_Lawrence of Arabia _. Peter O'Toole was cast instead, but then Delon
was signed by
Seven Arts to a four-picture deal, including a big
budget international movie of the
Neither project came to fruition. Instead he was cast by Michelangelo Antonioni opposite Monica Vitti in _L\'Eclisse _ (1962), a major critical success, even though audiences were small. More popular was another all-star anthology film, _ The Devil and the Ten Commandments _ (1963); Delon's segment cast him with Danielle Darrieux .
Jacques Bar was making a heist film with
Jean Gabin with
His reputation was further enhanced when he worked with Visconti
again for _Il Gattopardo _ (_The Leopard_) with
Burt Lancaster and
Claudia Cardinale . This was the seventh biggest hit of the year in
France; _Any Number Can Win_ was the sixth. _The Leopard_ was also
widely screened in the US through
20th Century Fox
Delon was now one of the most popular stars in France. He starred in a swashbuckler, _The Black Tulip _ (1964), from a novel by Alexandre Dumas , another hit.
_Joy House _ (1964), which reunited him with Rene Clement and co-starred Jane Fonda , was filmed in French and English versions. The latter was distributed by MGM, but it was not a success.
In 1964, the Cinémathèque Française held a showcase of Delon's films and Delon started a production company, Delbeau Production, with Georges Beaume. They produced a film called _The Unvanquished _ (_ L’insoumis _) (1964), where Delon played an OAS assassin. It had to be re-edited because of legal issues. Despite being distributed by MGM, audiences were small.
Typecast as a "Latin Lover", Delon spent the next few years focused on making it in Hollywood. He was quoted in 1965 as saying:
I don't know whether I'll succeed or not. If I were to concentrate on working entirely here and flop it would be a disaster for me in Europe. Everything would dissolve and I would have nothing. My dream is to do one picture a year in America and one in Europe... the top, the last step. It's a kind of consecration... If you want to be an international star you must establish yourself in American pictures, because only they will get adequate world wide distribution. It takes only a year for an American star to become known throughout the world. But European actors consider it a big break to get their pictures shown in New York. Because of my accent I would not attempt to play Americans. I am working on removing the distinctly French inflections from my speech so that I can play all continental nationalities.
He had his first English-language lead in _Once a Thief _, where he
Ann-Margret . It was based on a novel by Zekial Marko
who had written _Any Number Can Win_, but it was not as successful. It
was financed by
Instead Delon signed a three-picture deal with Columbia, for whom he appeared in the big budget action film _ Lost Command _ (1966), playing a member of the French Foreign Legion, alongside Anthony Quinn and Claudia Cardinal. The studio also announced that he would appear in the biopic _Cervantes_, but this was never made.
Universal Studios used Delon in a Western, opposite Dean Martin, _ Texas Across the River _. Ray Stark wanted to use him in _The Night of the Iguana _ and _ This Property is Condemned _. He did not appear in either film but was in that producer's _ Is Paris Burning? _, directed by Rene Clement, playing Jacques Chaban-Delmas . This was a massive hit in France but performed disappointingly at the US box office - as did all of Delon's Hollywood financed films.
RETURN TO FRANCE
After six Hollywood movies Delon returned to France to make _The Last Adventure _ opposite Lino Ventura . It was one of Delon's most popular films of the 1960s but was not popular in America.
He was meant to reteam with Visconti in _The Stranger_ but did not end up playing it. Instead he appeared on stage in Paris, _Les Yeux Creves_ and made _ Le Samourai _ with Jean-Pierre Melville , which became another classic.
He played an amnesiac in _ Diabolically Yours _ (1968) for Julien Duvivier and had a role in another all-star anthology, _Spirits of the Dead _ (1968); his segment was directed by Louis Malle and co-starred Brigitte Bardot.
He had another attempt at English-language cinema with _Girl on a Motorcycle _ (1968) with Marianne Faithfull for director Jack Cardiff . It was a surprise hit in Britain.
Far more popular at the French box office was _Farewell Friend_ (_Adieu l\'ami _), where Delon and Charles Bronson played former legionnaires who get involved in a heist. The film helped turn Charles Bronson into a genuine star in Europe.
MARKOVIC AFFAIR AND GANGSTER MOVIES
While making the thriller _The Swimming Pool _ (1969) with Romy Schneider, Delon's friend and bodyguard Stefan Markovic was found murdered in a rubbish dumpster on the outskirts of Paris. The subsequent police investigation revealed allegations of sex parties involving celebrities such as Delon and members of government including future French president Georges Pompidou whose wife was allegedly the focus of a series of compromising photos at one such party. Corsican crime boss François Marcantoni also became embroiled in the scandal after a note left by Markovic stated his belief that if anything happened to him it would be because of Delon and Marcantoni. The affair gained notoriety throughout France and in the French press as the Markovic Affair . In a 1969 BBC interview Delon was questioned about his alleged involvement in the death of Markovic, rumours of his involvement in sex parties, and Delon's own sexual tastes.
Reporter: People, once more, don't say it straight to your face but they suggest very very strongly that you have homosexual tastes ? Delon: So what's wrong if I had ? Or I did ? Would I be guilty of something ? If I like it I'll do it. We have a great actor in France named Michel Simon and Michel Simon said once, "If you like your goat, make love with your goat." But the only matter is to love.
Delon then starred in a series of gangster films. First was _Jeff _ (1969), for his own production company, Adel. _The Sicilian Clan _ (1969) teamed him with Lino Venura and Jean Gabin, and was a blockbuster. Even more popular was _Borsalino _ (1970), which Delon produced and co-starred opposite Jean Paul Belmondo . Neither of these broke through in the US the way Delon hoped. Neither did _The Red Circle _, despite Delon appearing with Yves Montand .
For a change of pace he produced a romantic drama, _ The Love Mates _ (1971), which was not a success. Neither was a comedy _Easy, Down There! _ (1971).
MORE INTERNATIONAL FILMS
In the early 1970s Delon made another attempt at the English speaking market. _ The Assassination of Trotsky _ (1972) for Joseph Losey was poorly received but _ Red Sun _ (1972), with Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune , did well.
He produced and starred in a romantic drama, _Indian Summer _ (1972), then made some thrillers: _Shock Treatment _ (1973), and _Tony Arzenta _ (1973).
He tried again for Hollywood stardom with _Scorpio _ (1973), with Burt Lancaster for director Michael Winner. It was only a minor hit.
In France he made _ The Burned Barns _ (1973) and _Creezy _ (1974). He produced _Two Men in Town _ (1974) which re-teamed him with Jean Gabin, and _Borsalino "> Delon with his daughter Anouchka at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival .
Then it was back to crime for a series of thrillers which he produced as well as starred in: _ Man in a Hurry _ (1976), _Death of a Corrupt Man _ (1977), _ Le Gang _ (1978), _ Attention, The Kids Are Watching _ (1978).
In 1979 Delon stated only a quarter of his business activities involve films:
I have a helicopter business, build furniture, promote prize fights, and race horses... I star in two or three pictures a year in France. They make tremendous profits around the world. My pictures are the most popular in Russia. I am a superstar in Europe. I would like to be a star in America. In order to do so I would have to live and work in Hollywood. I can't do that. My Adel productions makes at least one film a year. I do everything from A to Z. I find a story, hire writers, choose a director, collect a cast, and then put it all together. I even handle the finances, distribution, and publicity. I refuse to accept the director who thinks himself a genius and tries to put his stamp on my films. It is my stamp that counts... I don't mean to sound egotistical. The simple truth is that I am an enormous star all over the world. I like that because it enables me to live well.
In 1979 he made a final attempt at Hollywood stardom, signing with agent Sue Mengers and starring in _The Concorde ... Airport \'79 _ (1979). The film was not a big success.
Delon returned to French films which he produced: _The Medic _ (1979) and _ Three Men to Kill _ (1980).
1980S AND 1990S
He was awarded the Best Actor César Award for his role in Bertrand Blier 's _ Notre histoire _ (1984), and portrayed the aristocratic dandy Baron de Charlus in a film adaptation of Marcel Proust 's novel _Swann in Love _ in the same year.
One notable film during this time was Jean-Luc Godard 's _Nouvelle Vague _ in 1990, in which Delon played twins.
Delon's last major role was in Patrice Leconte 's _Une chance sur deux _ in 1998, another box office disappointment .
Delon announced his decision to give up acting in 1997, although he still occasionally accepts roles.
In 2001, Delon starred in French TV cop drama Fabio Montale. He played an aging cop dressed in stylish clothes, a "signature Delon" role audiences were familiar with. The show was a big hit.
In 2003, Delon tried to recreate the success of Fabio Montale and produced and starred in another French TV cop drama Frank Riva. The show did well but was not as successful as Fabio Montale.
In the 1970s Delon expanded his interests. He bought trotters and promoted fights.
Since the formation of a perfume label in his name, Delon has had a variety of products sold under his name including wristwatches, clothing, eyewear, stationery and cigarettes.
Delon's sunglasses brand became particularly popular in Hong Kong after actor Chow Yun-fat wore them in the 1986 crime film _A Better Tomorrow _ (as well as two sequels). Delon reportedly wrote a letter thanking Chow for helping the sunglasses sell out in the region. The film's director John Woo has acknowledged Delon as one of his idols and wrote a short essay on _ Le Samourai _ as well as _Le Cercle Rouge _ for the Criterion Collection DVD releases.
In 2009 and 2015,
On 20 March 1959, Delon was engaged to actress Romy Schneider , whom he met when they co-starred in the film _Christine _ (1958).
During their relationship, he had an affair with German actress, singer and model Nico . On 11 August 1962, Nico gave birth to a son, Christian Aaron "Ari", fathered by Delon. The child was raised mostly by Delon's parents.
In December 1963, Schneider and Delon decided to break the engagement.
On 13 August 1964, Delon married Nathalie Barthélemy . Their son, Anthony Delon , was born in September. Delon filed for divorce in late 1967 but they continued to live under the same roof. The couple divorced on 14 February 1969.
In 1968, during the shooting of the film _Jeff_, he met French
In 1987, Delon met Dutch model Rosalie van Breemen on the set of the music video for his song "Comme au cinéma" and started a relationship. They had two children: Anouchka (25 November 1990) and Alain-Fabien (18 March 1994). The relationship ended in October 2002.
During an interview in 2013 Delon came out in support of the French far-right political party National Front , saying "The National Front, like the MCG in Geneva, is very important…I encourage it and I perfectly understand it".
Main article: Markovic affair
On 1 October 1968, in the village of Élancourt, Yvelines, on the western outskirts of Paris, the dead body of Stevan Marković , ex-bodyguard of Delon, was found in a public dump.
Later, the investigation involved the former French Prime Minister (and later President) Georges Pompidou after a few press articles and a testimony of Borivoj Ackov.
He testified that he was present at parties with the wife of Pompidou, Stevan Markovic and Alain Delon.
The death of Stevan Markovic provoked a lot of rumors, suggesting the existence of group sex photos with Pompidou's wife. Pompidou himself accused Louis Wallon and Henri Capitant for using the French espionage service SDECE with an aim to set him up. After becoming President of the Republic, he named Alexandre de Marenches as the head of the SDECE in order to reform it. Assisted by Michel Roussin, his principal private secretary, de Marenches expelled a "secret agent" involved in investigation Jean-Charles Marchiani.
OTHER LEGAL TROUBLES
In 1969 Delon was given four months in jail by an Italian court for assaulting an Italian photographer.
DE GAULLE DOCUMENT
In 1970 it was reported that Delon, through a friend Mr Stan purchased a copy of the original manuscript of Charles De Gaulle's 1940 speech to the French encouraging them to resist the Germans. Delon paid 300,000 francs for the manuscript then returned it to the government.
HONOURS AND CULTURAL IMPACTS
* At the 45th Berlin International Film Festival , he won the Honorary Golden Bear . * At the 2008 César Awards on February 22, 2008, he presented the César Award for Best Actress to Marion Cotillard for _La Vie En Rose _. * Delon appears on the cover of the 1986 album The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths . * He was made _Officier_ (Officer) of the Ordre national du Mérite in 1995. * He was made _Chevalier_ (Knight) of the Légion d\'honneur on 21 February 1991. He was promoted to _Officier_ (Officer) in 2005. * The song "Beautiful Killer" on Madonna 's twelfth studio album _MDNA _ is a tribute to Delon. * The song "A Look From The Screen" of Russian band Nautilus Pompilius is a tribute to Delon.
YEAR TITLE (ENGLISH) TITLE (FRENCH) ROLE DIRECTOR NOTES
1957 _Send a Woman When the Devil Fails _ _Quand la femme s'en mêle_ Jo Yves Allégret Film debut
1960 _ Rocco and His Brothers _
1961 _ The Joy of Living _ _Che gioia vivere_ Ulysse Cecconato René Clément nominated for the Palme d\'Or 1961
1962 _Love at Sea _ _L'Amour à la mer_ A film star Guy Gilles
_The Leopard _
_The Black Tulip _ _La Tulipe noire_ Guillaume/Julian de Saint Preux Christian-Jaque dual role
1965 _ The Yellow Rolls-Royce _
Stefano Anthony Asquith anthology film. In English.
1966 _ Texas Across the River _
_ Lost Command _
1969 _Jeff _
_The Sicilian Clan _ _Le Clan des Siciliens_ Roger Sartet Henri Verneuil with Lino Ventura and Jean Gabin
1970 _ The Love Mates _ _Madly_ Julien Dandieu Roger Kahane with Mireille Darc
Simon Jacques Deray with Nathalie Delon
1971 _ The Assassination of Trotsky _
_Dirty Money _ _Un flic_ Edouard Coleman Jean-Pierre Melville with Catherine Deneuve
1973 _Shock Treatment _
Dr. Devilers Alain Jessua with Annie Girardot
_No Way Out _ _Tony Arzenta_ Tony Arzenta Duccio Tessari
1974 _Borsalino font-style: normal;"> (fr)_
Charles Durand Jacques Deray credited as writer
1994 _The Teddy Bear _ _L'Ours en peluche_ Jean Rivière Jacques Deray based on Georges Simenon
1995 _A Hundred and One Nights _ _Les cent et une nuits de Simon Cinéma_ Himself Agnès Varda cameo appearance
1997 _ Une chance sur deux _
1999 _Actors _ _Les Acteurs_ Himself Bertrand Blier
2003 _Frank Riva (fr)_
2012 _Happy New Year, mothers!_ (_С новым годом, мамы!_)
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