Rochefort has been a staple of the mainstream French cinema for over three decades, first as a character player and second lead in the late 1950s and 60s, a leading man since the 70s and an international star since the 80s. He has also worked extensively in French theater and TV. Though adept with a variety of material, Rochefort tends to fare best in sex farces and other comedies. The handsome, long-faced and somewhat sad-eyed actor convinces as ambiguous establishment figures and law enforcement officials. He trained at the Paris Conservatory--where he was a classmate of future superstar (and co-star) Jean-Paul Belmondo--before joining the military. Upon his return to Paris, Rochefort began performing at a Left Bank cabaret. He segued to small film roles at the end of the 50s.