French acting legend Michel Piccoli dead at 94

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PARIS: Michel Piccoli, one of the most original and versatile French actors of the last half century, has died aged 94, his family said Monday. He died “in the arms of his wife Ludivine and his children Inord and Missia after a stroke”, the family told AFP. Piccoli — who passed on May 12 — starred in a string of classics which redefined world cinema, from Luis Bunuel’s “Belle de Jour” and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” to a typically memorable turn opposite Brigitte Bardot in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt” in 1963.

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