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French film star Alain Delon is resting after a stroke, says family

media French actor Alain Delon, on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, 19 May 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Amid rumours about his health, on Friday, the eldest son of popular French actor Alain Delon informed the press his father had suffered a stroke a few weeks ago, had undergone and operation in Paris and is now resting in a clinic Switzerland.

Anthony Delon relayed doctors' comments that the 83 year-old legend's vital functions were "perfect and his condition stabilised".

His eldest son said Delon had been in intensive care in Paris for three weeks.

The actor known for his roles in films such as The Swimming Pool and Purple Noon, received an honorary Palme d'Or award at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival in May this year.

Organisers came under pressure to withhold the award after an online petition with 18,000 signatures appeared, accusing the 83 year-old of being violent towards women.

In recent weeks, several celebrity magazines had reported that the actor may have suffered a stroke.

Delon, a European Zorro

The veteran French actor has spent over 60 years working in European cinema.

One of his most touching and dashing roles was as Rocco in Rocco e i suoi fratelli directed by Luchino Visconti in 1960.

In 1975, he incarnated the swash-buckler Zorro character, in a spaghetti western shot in Spain and directed by Duccio Tessari.

2019 marks Zorro's centenary

Beginning as a series in 1919, the first Zorro was played by Johnston McCulley.

Better known is silent film star Douglas Fairbanks first masked hero in the 1920 film,The Mark of Zorro.

After Delon, came Antonio Banderas in the 1998, The Mask of Zorro directed by a Bond film repeater from New Zealand, Martin Campbell.

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