Michel Piccoli

Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli (born 27 December 1925) is a French actor, producer and film director. He has one of the longest careers in French cinema, and is regarded worldwide as a symbol of France's film history, more specifically of the 1960s and 70s.

Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli

(1925-12-27) 27 December 1925
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, musician, singer
Years active1945 – present
Spouse(s)Eléonore Hirt (1954–?)
Juliette Gréco (1966–1977)
Ludivine Clerc (1980–present)

Life and career

He was born in Paris to a musical family; his mother was a pianist and his father was a violinist. He has appeared in many different roles, from seducer to cop to gangster to Pope, in more than 170 movies.

He has been married three times, first to Éléonore Hirt, then for eleven years to the singer Juliette Gréco and finally to Ludivine Clerc. He has one daughter from his first marriage, Anne-Cordélia.

Piccoli is politically active on the left, and is vocally opposed to the Front National.

Selected filmography


He won the Best Actor Award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival for A Leap in the Dark.[1] In 1982, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Strange Affair.[2] In 2001 he was the recipient of the Europe Theatre Prize.[3]


  1. "Festival de Cannes: A Leap in the Dark". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
  2. "Berlinale: 1982 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 14 November 2010.
  3. IX Europe Theatre Prize / Reasons Europe Theatre Prize

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