|Born||24 June 1930
|Occupation||director, actor, producer, screenwriter|
|Years active||1956 - present|
Claude Chabrol (French pronunciation: [klod ʃaˈbʁɔl]; born 24 June 1930, Paris) is a French film director, a member of the French New Wave (nouvelle vague) group of filmmakers who first came to prominence at the end of the 1950s. Like his colleagues and contemporaries Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer and Jacques Rivette, Chabrol was a critic for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma before beginning his career as a film maker.
Sometimes characterized as a "mainstream" New Wave director, Chabrol has remained prolific and popular throughout his now half-century career.[1 ]
After spending World War II in the village of Sardent, where he and a friend constructed a makeshift movie theater,[1 ] Chabrol returned to Paris to study pharmacology at the University of Paris. There Chabrol became involved with the postwar cine club culture and met Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Éric Rohmer, Jacques Rivette and others with whom he would write for Cahiers du cinéma throughout the 1950s.
In 1957, Chabrol co-wrote with Éric Rohmer Hitchcock (Paris: Éditions Universitaires, 1957), a study of the films made by director Alfred Hitchcock through the film The Wrong Man (1957). The next year, Chabrol made his feature directorial debut with Le Beau Serge (1958), a Hitchcock-influenced  thriller starring Jean-Claude Brialy partly funded by his wife's inheritance[1 ] and among the first films of the French New Wave. A critical success, it won Chabrol the Prix Jean Vigo and was followed the next year by Les Cousins, one of the New Wave's first commercial successes, and Chabrol's first color film, À double tour, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. The most prolific of the major New Wave directors, Chabrol has averaged almost one film a year since 1958.
He divorced Agnès, his first wife, to marry the actress Stéphane Audran, with whom he had a son, actor Thomas Chabrol. His third wife is Aurore Paquiss.