The French-British actor Michael Lonsdale, known for his roles in both avant-garde and popular productions, passed away Monday, at the age of 89, after a 6-decade career in which he participated in dozens of film and television productions.
His agent, Olivier Loiseau, explained that the actor, who participated in more than 200 roles, died Monday afternoon at his home in Paris, where he was born in 1931 to a British military father and a French mother.
The actor, who was fluent in English and French, especially through his eloquent voice and remarkable performance, succeeded in imprinting the memory of the audience even in his secondary roles.
In 2011, on the eve of his 80th birthday, he won the Cesar Award, the French reserve Oscar, for best actor in a minor role for his role as a monk who ends up killed in Algeria in the movie “Of Gods and Men” by Xavier Beauvois.
Lonsdale grew up in London and then in Morocco during World War II, and decided to enter into acting after being drawn to the world of cinema at an early age.
The key to real fame was his collaboration with Francois Truffaut, director of “New Wave” in French cinema, in the films “The Pride War Black” and “Stollen Kisses” in 1968.
He has appeared in films by leading directors including Orson Welles, Francois Truffaut, Louie Malle, Jacques Rivette and Jean Ostache.