The great French actor, Michel Piccoli, has died at the age of 94.
The news was announced by the actor’s family in a press release.
Born in 1925, Michel Piccoli decided very young to become an actor. His career allowed him to shoot in hundreds of films from the 1940s to the present day.
Among the major filmmakers Piccoli worked with were Godard (1963’s Contempt, 1982’s Passion), Buñuel (1967’s Belle de jour, 1969’s The Milky Way, 1972’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), Claude Sautet (1970’s The Things of Life, 1971’s Max et les ferrailleurs), Marco Ferreri (1969’s Dillinger Is Dead, 1973’s La Grande Bouffe), Jean Renoir (1955’s French Cancan), Jacques Rivette (1991’s La Belle Noiseuse), Jean-Pierre Melville (1962’s Le Doulos) and Alfred Hitchcock (playing a Soviet spy in 1969’s Topaz).
In his autobiography published in 2015, Michel Piccoli already mentioned his death but also the old age which affected his memory: “We would like it never to stop and it will stop. It is very difficult. The memory is deteriorating. And I am the victim of this catastrophe for an actor. “
In this text published by Grasset, he hoped for one thing: “I would like not to die!”