Unconventional looks, a reckless tough-guy persona and a hefty chunk of onstage charm made actor Jean-Paul Belmondo the unlikely poster boy for Nouvelle Vague cinema. The craggy-faced Frenchman first found fame playing an irresistible cop-killing anti-hero in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 classic À Bout de Souffle – or Breathless to those who don’t speak Français.
In fact, his performance alongside Jean Seberg makes for one of the most stylish onscreen couplings in cinematic history. The dangling cigarette, the tilted trilby and dishevelled nonchalance led to international stardom, as well as countless hip Parisians attempting to emulate his look. Before starting his acting career, Belmondo was an amateur boxer, which explains the nose.