I don't think I've ever read gossip about Alain Delon here. I was just over at the general film board at IMDb and read that he was a member of the Corsican mob and was widely believed to have killed his bodyguard who may have cheated with his first wife. This is Hollywood Babylon worthy.
I've never seen any of his films. On the too do list. He's a handsome man. Reminds me a bit of Thomas Gibson from Dharma & Greg.
He has been written about here numerous times, a poster has written a very detailed (and believable to me anyway) post about blowing him in a Manhattan porn store's glory hole years ago.
Oops. Should have said "was," R2. I'm sure the smoking didn't help.
he's a cute gaybee
Not gay, bisexual.
Eptiome of bi. Big Sarkozy supporter.
Any guy that still has a nice, full head of hair into his later years is o.k. with me.
This is Hollywood Babylon worthy
Has he ever done an American film
Did some forgettable American films in the 60s, and then of course AIRPORT '79 - THE CONCORDE.
He is heart-stoppingly beautiful in PURPLE NOON, the original French version of THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (in the part Matt Damon later played).
RENT IT IMMEDIATELY - a gay classic.
I wouldn't call 'Purple Noon' a 'gay' film. There's very little gay sub-text in it compared to 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' but it's still a good film nevertheless.
John Barrington the bisexual UK physique photographer shot several pics of him before his career began that smack of a dirty weekend in a hotel room. I'm not sure if they're on the Net and can't be fagged to search for them.
Can you give us any clues as to what they look like, R12?
He has aged fine, still has beautiful eyes, smile and hair. He is nearly 80 yrs old for crying out loud. He is bisexual, came out early in his career, and I personally think that was very brave of him at that time, compared to the likes of Rock Hudson.
As far as the death of his bodyguard goes, it is rumored that the body guard stole compromising photos of Delon and his wife (who were swingers in the swinging 60's)with other famous people including some government officials, and said bodyguard attempted to blackmail some of them, and ended up dead for it. Delon had a relationship with a notorious Godfather and many feel the Godfather is the one who had the bodyguard killed.
Alain Delon has lived a very interesting life, I would love to read more about him, but no English language autobiographies exist that I know of.
Delon was beautiful in his prime, but maybe he's too pretty for me. He lacked the ruggedness of a Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Louis Trintignant, two of his contemporaries that had more sex appeal to me in my opinion.
I think he's aged just fine.
I like that he's always been out about being bisexual. For a man of his generation, that's pretty cool. Even in France.
Didn't he have a really bad childhood?
Delon had the image of a bohemian dandy while Belmondo had the macho brute image.
R19 you should look him up on Wikipedia. He's fascinating. Here's a bit of the info:
His parents divorced when Delon was four. Both remarried, and Delon has a half-sister and two half-brothers. He attended a Roman Catholic boarding school, the first of several schools from which he was expelled because of unruly behavior.
At 14, Delon left school, and worked for a brief time at his stepfather's butcher shop. He enlisted in the French Navy three years later, and in 1953/54 he served as a fusilier marin in the First Indochina War. Delon has said that out of his four years of military service he spent 11 months in prison for being "undisciplined". In 1956, after being dishonorably discharged from the military he returned to France. He didn't have any money, and got by on whatever employment he could find. He spent time working as a waiter, a porter, a secretary and a sales clerk. During this time he became friends with the actress Brigitte Auber, and joined her on a trip to the Cannes Film Festival, where his film career would begin.
Thanks r21. What a fascinating life. I wonder if he sold his ass too when he was poor and starving.
It's unfortunate that he's such a heavy smoker.
Amazing he's made it to 80 after all that smoking. Some intrepid researchers should examine these heavy, lifelong smokers to see what if anything distinguishes them from the lung cancer casualties. What are the protective factors for these people? Any, I've digressed.
I don't know, R24. I guess it's just good genes. Most heavy smokers die earlier, so it's pretty risky to take it up. But there are some exceptions. Peter O'Toole is another one.
He's aged fine? You guys must be blind. Nature is so unkind to men.
Many studies have been done and are still being done to investigate why Europeans have low incidence of heart disease/health foibles despite their high population of smokers. Their diets and lifestyle have always been far superior to North America (more fruits & vegetables, less preservative-ridden food, more responsible alcohol consumption, more relaxed dailynotions of work and school hours, etc).
R29, if you can find a book called Sugar Blues by William Dufty, it has some interesting info about lung cancer and smoking. it seems that the lung cancer rate in each country corresponds to the amount of sugar used to "cure" the tobacco, ours being the highest, france the lowest with england somewhere in between.
Europeans WALK a lot. I was in Europe in November and was surprised by how slender most people were.
R-19, yes he had a very difficult childhood, never got along with his mother,who threw him away after she split up with his father, never saw his biological father, was in foster care before the boarding school, and was on his own at a very young age.
R 26 you are an idiot, men age much better than women.
Compared to Americans you mean, R31?
Obesity is rising in Europe too. Many people there are not so slender.
No, I don't think either gender ages better than the other.
"R 26 you are an idiot, men age much better than women."
In your dreams, dummy.
[quote]In 1956, after being dishonorably discharged from the military he returned to France. He didn't have any money, and got by on whatever employment he could find. He spent time working as a waiter, a porter, a secretary and a sales clerk.
And a gay male escort.
r2, he's in his late seventies. If that's recent, it's not bad for that age; plus, he smoke and drank all his life. (I don't know if he quit smoking when his younger children were born).
r15 is also right re: the bodyguard. Delon took the heat in public, but it was probably a power-broker who actually ordered the hit.
He was a supporter of Le Pen at one point, and moved to Switzerland because he didn't like all the colonials in France.
Beautiful man, when he was young. Thats a face that has seen too many cigarettes, and too much booze. They always end up looking pink, and exhusted. Wonderful hair however
Reportedly wanted nothing to do with his heroin-addicted, ex-lover, Nico of the Velvet Underground or their born-addicted son who eventually committed suicide.
Most smokers don't end up getting lung cancer. Some life-long non-smokers die of lung cancer.
Most smokers end up having some health problems though, do they not?
Hotness personified in Purple Noon.
True. R43 And there's a newly-restored version with amazing color that was released by Martin Scorsese on DVD a few years ago.
Delon seemed to go into decline after that film, however.
R40, Ari Boulogne (Nico's son) is still living, I believe. He'd be about 50 today.
Most gorgeous man on earth, ever.Should have been a major star in North America,only minimally famous here.He did some GREAT work,it deserves to be shown alot more instead of those minor American films he took part in. Wonder if actors here were jealous?? Belmondo can't hold a candle to him!!!
I think the only film he's known for in North America is "Purple Noon".
IMO his best film was Le Samourai directed by the great Jean-Pierre Melville from 1967. He plays Jeff Costello, a professional assassin. He was no longer the great beauty of Purple Noon from 1960 but it's by far his best acting. An unforgettable film.
I have read a lot about Delon. Never read anything where he himself admitted to being bisexual.