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Alain Delon
During the early 1950s he was a paratrooper with French Marines in Indochina. In the mid-'50s he worked at various odd jobs including waiter, salesman and porter in Les Halles market. He decided to try an acting career and in 1957 made his film debut in Yves Allégret's Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957). He declined an offer of a contract from producer David O. Selznick, and in 1960 he received international recognition for his role in Luchino Visconti's Rocco y sus hermanos (1960). In 1961 he appeared on the stage in "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore", directed by Visconti, in Paris. In 1964 he formed his own production company, Delbeau Productions, and he produced a short film directed by Guy Gilles. In 1968 he found himself involved in murder, drug and sex scandal that indirectly implicated major politicians and show-business personalities, but he was eventually cleared of all charges. In the late 1960s he formed another company. Adel Film, and the next year he began producing features. In 1981 he directed his first film, Por la piel de un policía (1981).

Delon was a sensation early in his career; he came to embody the young, energetic, often morally corrupted man. With his breathtaking good looks he was also destined to play tender lovers and romantic heroes, and he was a French embodiment of the type created in America by James Dean. His first outstanding success came with the role of the parasite Tom Ripley in 'Rene Clement''s sun-drenched thriller A pleno sol (1960). Delon presented a psychological portrait of a murderous young cynic who attempts to take on the identity of his victim. A totally different role was offered to him by Visconti in Rocco y sus hermanos (1960). In this film Delon plays the devoted Rocco, who accepts the greatest sacrifices to save his shiftless brother Simon.

After several other films in Italy, Delon returned to the criminal genre with Jean Gabin in Gran jugada en la Costa Azul (1963). This work, a classic example of the genre, was distinguished not only by a soundly worked-out screenplay, but also by the careful production and the excellent performances of both Delon and Gabin. It was only in the late 1960s that the sleek and lethal Delon came to epitomize the calm, psychopathic hoodlum, staring into the camera like a cat assessing a mouse. His tough, ruthless side was first used to real effect by Jean-Pierre Melville in El silencio de un hombre (1967). In 1970 he had a huge success in the bloodstained Borsalino (1970)--which he also produced--playing a small-time gangster in the 1930s who, with Jean-Paul Belmondo, becomes king of the Marseilles underworld. Delon later won critical acclaim for his roles, against type, in Joseph Losey's El otro Sr. Klein (1976) in which he played (brilliantly) the icily sinister title role, and the art-movie El amor de Swann (1984). He has an older son Anthony Delon (who has also acted in a number of movies) from his first marriage to Nathalie Delon, and has a young son and daughter, Alain-Fabien and Anouchka with Rosalie.

Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon was born in Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to Édith (Arnold) and Fabien Delon. His father was of French and Corsican Italian descent, and his mother was of French and German ancestry. His parents divorced early on, and Delon had a stormy childhood, being frequently expelled from school. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Sarah <>

Nathalie Delon (13 August 1964 - 14 February 1969) (divorced) (1 child) 

Trade Mark
Frequently has played brooding characters who say little

Somewhat feminine beauty in his youth

Featured on the cover of the music album "The Queen is Dead" by the Smiths (1986)

Father of Christian Päffgen with Nico.

Worked together with Claude Jade and Curd Jürgens in Russia

Has two children with Rosalie van Breemen, a daughter, Anouchka Delon (born in 1990) and a son, Alain-Fabien Delon (born in 1994).

Father of Anthony Delon

Was engaged to actress Romy Schneider (1959-1963).

Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).

He is a friend of French actress Brigitte Bardot.

Sang in hit song "Paroles, Paroles" with late singer Dalida.

Owns a restaurant called "Camargue" in Nice, France.

His father was of half French and half Corsican Italian ancestry. His mother was of German and French descent.

Has been expelled six times from different schools, as a child.

Is long time friends with actor Jean-Claude Brialy.

Father was named Fabien (1904-1977) and mother was named Edith (1911-1995).

Has dual citizenship: French and Swiss. Aquired Swiss citizenship in 1999.

Received the "Legion d'Honneur", the highest French decoration for his career in 1991.

Participated in the war of Indochina, when he was a soldier in the French army. Of the 4 years in the war, he spent 11 months in prison.

Originally wanted to be a butcher.

His stepfather Paul Boulogne was a butcher.

Is a Gaullist (an admirer of 'Charles De Gaulle', and consequently, a center rightist).

Has his own perfume, it's called "AD".

Has his own brand "Alain Delon Diffusion SA", which sells perfumes, champaign, clothes, watches, Cognac, glasses.

Has a horse named "Equileo".

Sang song "Comme Au Cinéma" in 1987.

Accepted starring role in El Zorro (1975) to please his son Anthony Delon, who was a child at the time.

Has 5 grandchildren: Alyson, Loup and Liv by his son Anthony Delon. Charles and Blanche by Christian 'Ari' Päffgen.

Longtime companion of actress Mireille Darc from 1968 to 1982.

Created a horse racing team with which he won the World Champion title for trotter with his horse "Equileo".

Lives on his estate in Douchy, France (Departement Loiret).

Italian rock group "Baustelle" wrote a song entitled "La canzone di Alain Delon" ("The song of Alain Delon").

One of the most favourite western stars in Japan

His childhood favourite star was John Garfield.

Has supported Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign.

Indie band The Margarets wrote a song called "Alain Delon".

Fluent in French, Italian and English.

Band White Town wrote song "Hair like Alain Delon".

Broke the relationship with his mother after she insisted on taking care of his son Ari, product of a relationship with Actress/Supermodel Nico. They spoke again when his step-father died in 1988, the same year Nico died.

In 1968, one of Delon's bodyguards, Stevan Markovic, was found shot in the head in a dumpster outside Delon's home. Delon's friend, Corsican gangster François Marcantoni, was charged with accessory to murder. Delon himself was held by police for questioning, despite the fact that the murder took place in Paris, and Delon was filming in St. Tropez. Delon's then-wife, Nathalie, was also questioned.

Ranked # 72 on Premier magazine's The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of All Time list in 2008.

Grandfather of Alyson Le Borges by Anthony Delon and Marie-Helene.

Lived with Rosalie van Breemen 1987-2001. Rosalie was 21 when she met Alain who was 52.

Owned home in Morocco.

Also has a home in canton of Geneva, Switzerland since 1985.

Had a relationship with his former co-star Anne Parillaud in the '80s.

Got custody of Alain-Fabien in 2010.

Has a half-sister and two half-brothers.

Had heart surgery on April 2012 at American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine outside Paris.

Had a relationship with Catherine Goux (aka Pironi, Bleynie) ex-wife of Didier Pironi in the 80s.

Sued Anthony Delon for naming his leather apparel "A.Delon" as a brand and won in court in the 80s.

Madonna's song Beautiful killer on album MDNA is a tribute to Alain Delon.

He appeared in 6 movies which had the word "flic" in the title: Érase una vez un poli...(1972), Crónica negra (1972), Flic Story (1975), Por la piel de un policía (1981), Palabra de ley (1985) and No despertar a un policía que duerme (1988).

Won Cesar (French Oscar) for Best Actor in Notre Histoire (Our Story) in 1985.

Breeding racehorses and looking after abandoned dogs on his estate in France.

Working in France on post production of "Asterix on Olympic game" [August 2007]

At the 2008 César Awards, he presented the Best Actress Award and announced the winner as "La Môme Marion" (The Kid Marion), Marion Cotillard won the award for her performance in La vida en rosa (Edith Piaf) (2007) ("La Môme" is the original title of the film). He also praised Cotillard at the stage saying: "Marion, I give you this César. I think this César is for a great great actress, and I know what I'm talking about". In the same ceremony, he also paid tribute to Romy Schneider.

Has a chapel on his estate in Douchy.

Won the Honorary Gold Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1995.

Considers Jean-Pierre Melville as the greatest director of cinema.

Said he cannot bear to watch La Piscine (1969) again. His co-stars in this film, ex-lover Romy Schneider and good friend Maurice Ronet both died prematurely and under tragic circumstances.

Brother of Jean-François Delon.

Never admitted Christian Päffgen as his son.

Personal Quotes
I like to be loved like I love myself.

I do very well three things: my job, stupidities and children.

In love, we have to dare everything if we really love.

I knew everything and received everything. But real happiness, is giving.

I don't really have the fear of death. I think to life.

You believe in God, then you don't believe anymore and when you have a big problem, you pray anyway...

Jean-Marie Le Pen is a friend. He is dangerous for the political set because he's the only one who's sincere. He says out loud what many people think deep down, and what the politicians refrain from saying because they are either too demagogic or too chicken. Le Pen, with all his faults and qualities, is probably the only one who thinks about the interests of France before his own.

Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957) FRF400.000
Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957) FRF400.000 (equivalent of 114,400 1959 USD)
Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957) FRF400.000 (equivalent of EUR 6344 in 2011)
Quand la femme s'en mêle (1957) FRF400.000 (equivalent of EUR 6344 today)
Sois belle et tais-toi (1958) FRF600.000
Sois belle et tais-toi (1958) FRF600.000 (equivalent of 171,600 1959 USD)
Sois belle et tais-toi (1958) FRF600.000 (equivalent of EUR 9,516 in 2011)
Sois belle et tais-toi (1958) FRF600.000 (equivalent of EUR 9,516 today)
Faibles femmes (1959) FRF2.000.000
Faibles femmes (1959) FRF2.000.000 (equivalent of 1959 USD))
Faibles femmes (1959) FRF2.000.000 (equivalent of EUR 31,000 today)
Le chemin des écoliers (1959) FRF35.000.000
Le chemin des écoliers (1959) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of 572,000 1959 USD)
Le chemin des écoliers (1959) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of EUR 550,000 in 2011)
Le chemin des écoliers (1959) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of EUR 550,000 today)
Plein soleil (1960) FRF35.000.000
Plein soleil (1960) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of 572,000 1959 USD)
Plein soleil (1960) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of EUR 550,000 in 2011)
Plein soleil (1960) FRF35.000.000 (equivalent of EUR 550,000 today)
Casanova (1990) FRF7.000.000
L'ours en peluche (1994) FRF8.000.000
1 chance sur 2 (1998) €823.225

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