French actor and cinema great Jean-Paul Belmondo dies aged 88


French actor and producer Jean-Paul Belmondo, who began playing in theatre before becoming one of his country's biggest cinema stars, whose broken nose and tough build were often set to roguish roles, working under directors Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Claude Chabrol and Claude Lelouch among otehrs, has died at his home in Paris at the age of 88.    

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Jean-Paul Belmondo's battered face, laconic style and roguish smile captured the imagination of French 1960s youth, reports BBC News.