French 'New Wave' star Jean-Paul Belmondo dies
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French New Wave film star Jean-Paul Belmondo died at the age of 88 on Monday, the office of his lawyer announced.

The star, best known for his role in “Breathless,” had performed in more than 80 films in his more than 50-year career, The Associated Press reported.

The office of his lawyer Michel Godest did not give details on the cause of Belmondo’s death.


The highly acclaimed actor’s death was followed with many posting in remembrance of Belmondo’s impact on society. 

He will forever remain The Magnificent. Jean-Paul Belmondo was a national treasure, full of panache and bursts of laughter, with loud words and swift body, sublime hero and familiar figure, tireless daredevil and magician of words. In him we all found ourselves,” French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronBiden speaks with Macron, Harris to meet with French president in Paris French ambassador to Australia blasts sub deal with US: 'Way you treat your allies does resonate' America's subplot and Europe caught in the undertow MORE said in a post on Twitter translated into English.

Belmondo was known for his tough and antisocial characters, becoming a very popular pop culture figure during his time, The New York Times reported.

The actor's career began in the 1950s where he performed in theaters and eventually a short film in 1958, according to the AP.

Belmondo performed in a wide array of movies including action movies, dramas, blockbusters and arthouse movies. He is survived by three children.