Rochefort was born in Dinan, France. He was 19 when he entered the Centre d'Art Dramatique de la rue Blanche. Later he joined the Conservertoire National. After his national service in 1953, he worked with the Compagnie Grenier Hussenot as a theater actor for seven years. There, he was noticed for his ability to play both drama and comedy. He then became a television and cinema actor; he has also worked as director.
His films include numerous collaborations with director Patrice Leconte including Tandem, The Hairdresser's Husband, Tango, Ridicule and L'Homme du Train. Other credits include Betrand Tavernier's L'Horloger de Saint-Paul; Le Fantome de la liberté, directed by Luis Bunuel in 1974; and Pret-a -Porter, directed by Robert Altman.
He has won three César awards: in 1976, Best Supporting Actor for Que la fete commence...; and in 1978, Best Actor for Le Crabe-tambour. He has also received an honorary César for his life's work.
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|Birthday||April 29, 1930 (93)|