Jacques Perrin, the French actor best known for starring in Giuseppe Tornatore’s Oscar-winning film ‘Cinema Paradiso’, has died. He was 80 years old.
“The family has the immense sadness to inform you of the death of filmmaker Jacques Perrin, who passed away this Thursday, April 21 in Paris. He passed away peacefully,” Perrin’s family announced in a statement sent to the Agence news agency. France Press.
Perrin started his career early, first appearing on screen in “Gates of the Night” – albeit uncredited – at just five years old. During his career, Perrin starred in more than 70 films, becoming a staple of French and Italian cinema.
In 1988, Perrin played adult filmmaker Salvatore in “Cinema Paradiso”, a role that would become one of his most recognizable.
Jacques Perrin was also a prolific director. He directed “Winged Migration” with Philippe Labro in 2001, and the film went on to land an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature. The film tells the story of migrating birds, filming their journeys using in-flight cameras.
The actor’s last film role was in the environmental thriller “Goliath”, released in France last month, directed by Frédéric Tellier.