SCMP Friday, August 24, 2001

Belmondo checks out

Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of France's most beloved actors, checked out of a Paris hospital on Wednesday, two weeks after suffering a stroke while on vacation in Corsica.
The 68-year-old star will continue to undergo physical therapy, a spokesman for Saint Joseph hospital said. ''His remarkable capacity for recovery allowed him to leave as planned and begin outpatient therapy to try to reduce, as much as possible, his initial problems,'' the spokeman added.
After the actor fell ill on August 8, various media reports said the actor's face was paralysed on the right side, or that he was unable to speak. The hospital spokesman said Belmondo wanted to thank the medical team who treated him.
Belmondo's breakthrough role came in Jean-Luc Godard's 1959 film Breathless, in which he played a debonair young crook fleeing the police. He went on to become one of France's most popular leading men, starring in dozens of films and plays.