French actor, Michel Piccoli dead at 94

Veteran French actor Michel Piccoli is dead at the age of 94, family member announced that he died in the arms of his wife Ludivine and his children Inord and Missia.

The French screen legend began his association with major directors in Jean Renoir’s French Cancan in 1955.

Piccoli got married to Swiss actress Eléonore Hirt in 1958, and had a daughter Anne-Cordelia with her. He also was married to French singer Juliette Greco from 1966 to 1977 and to screenwriter Ludivine Clerc from 1978 until his death

The actor became a stalwart of French art films, appearing in Death in a French Garden (1985), Leos Carax’s Mauvais Sang (1986) and Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (1991). In 2011 he played the reluctant pope in Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope, and one of his final appearances was in another Carax film, Holy Motors in 2012.

He received best actor prizes in Cannes in 1980 for Marco Bellocchio’s A Leap in the Dark and a Silver Bear in Berlin two years later for Pierre Granier-Deferre’s Strange Affair.

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Although he was nominated four times for a Cesar award in France and twice for a Molière (his country’s equivalent of the Tony) for playing the lead in King Lear, he never received either prize during his lifetime.

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