Jean-Luis Trintignant was born on December 11, 1930 in Piolenc, France. He was the son of a wealthy industrialist and went on to study law in Aix-en-Provence. Jean-Luis started his theatrical career in 1950 without much success until Roger Vadim discovered him and he became a film actor. He appeared with Brigitte Bardot in the 1956 film “...And God Created Woman” and when he was hounded by the press over rumors of an affair with Bardot he joined the French Army. Ten years late he had a huge success with “A Man and a Woman” (1966). Since then he has starred in over 100 films including his only Euro-western “The Great Silence” as the mute gunfighter. Most of his characters have been murderers and jealous husbands. He was married to actress Stéphane Audran [1932- ] and Nadine Marquand Trintignant [1934- ] from 1960-1976. His daughter, actress Marie Trintignant [1962-2003] was beaten to death during a quarrel with her boyfriend Bertran Cantat, lead singer of the group ‘Noir Désir’. Trintignant has just finished his latest film “Chez Gino” which will be released in 2011. Today we celebrate Jean-Luis Trintignant’s 80th birthday.