Jean-Paul Belmondo was born in 1933 in Neuilly-sur Seine, near to Paris. He had a comfortable bourgeois family background, his father being the distinguished sculptor, Paul Belmondo. As a youth he trained as a boxer before deciding that his future lay in acting. After a number of attempts, he finally gained admittance to the Paris Conservatoire in 1952, although his tutors were not overly optimistic about his prospects. It was here that he acquired the affectionate nickname Bébel.BelmondoFrench motion picture actor who embodied the antiheroic spirit of the French New Wave in his early performances and later starred in and produced many commercially successful films that highlighted his graceful agilit.