From Godard to Truffaut, via Rivette, Téchiné or Christophe Gans, he had played for the older ones.
It was his eldest son, Sagamore Stévenin, who announced the sad news: “He died at Neuilly hospital, he fought well“, he told AFP The actor and director, Jean-Francois Stevenin, died on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday. He was 77 years old.
In almost 60 years of career, he will have marked French cinema by his charisma and his round face. A career that began at the end of the 1960s as an assistant director, before going in front of the camera. And his first steps as an actor, he will take them in the midst of a new wave, under the lens of Jean-Luc Godard, Jaques Rivette or Bertrand Blier. Especially for François Truffaut, with whom he will shoot four films in six years.
In the process, Jean-Francois Stevenin passes to the realization and becomes, in three films only, an important filmmaker of the 7th national art. With Mountain pass (in 1978) and Double gentlemen (1986), then Mischka (2002), he signs an inspired work, carried by a particular breath, films with a personality, where he also gives himself the first role, he who has so often been confined to the second knives.
Passed in the 1990s by The Big Pardon 2, The Hunchback and also by the incarnation of Robert Bidochon, a cult comic book character that he transposes to the screen alongside Anemone, Jean-Francois Stevenin returns in the 2000s as an odious aristocrat in The Pact of the Wolves.
He leaves behind four children and a very last film, Lost illusions, by Xavier Giannoli, which will be presented in a few weeks at the Venice Film Festival and which will be released in theaters on October 20, 2021.