Jacques Mayol

1927 - 2001

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Jacques Mayol (1 April 1927 – 22 December 2001) was a French diver and the holder of many world records in free diving. The 1988 film The Big Blue, directed by Luc Besson, was inspired by his life story and that of his friend, Enzo Maiorca. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Mayol has received more than 525,691 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Jacques Mayol is the 39th most popular celebrity (down from 28th in 2019), the 351st most popular biography from China (down from 277th in 2019) and the most popular Chinese Celebrity.

Jacques Mayol was a French free-diver who was famous for his breath-holding skills. He set many world records, including one for the longest free-dive (217 meters) and the deepest free-dive (105 meters).

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Among celebrities, Jacques Mayol ranks 39 out of 265Before him are Blanche Monnier, Philippe Petit, Rosemary Kennedy, Don King, Rodney King, and Sarah Knauss. After him are Albert Pierrepoint, Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione, Cecilia Gallerani, Mary Mallon, Sultan Kösen, and Armi Kuusela.

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Among people born in 1927, Jacques Mayol ranks 70Before him are Thomas Luckmann, Hiroshi Yamauchi, Margot Honecker, Ibrahim Ferrer, Abdul Halim of Kedah, and Hélène Langevin-Joliot. After him are Jean-Claude Pascal, Claude Gensac, Narciso Yepes, Herbert Blomstedt, César Milstein, and Steve Ditko. Among people deceased in 2001, Jacques Mayol ranks 45Before him are Balthus, Chung Ju-yung, Anna Mani, Isaac Stern, Donald J. Cram, and Francisco Rabal. After him are David Graf, Edward Gierek, Francisco da Costa Gomes, Poul Anderson, Ken Kesey, and Emilie Schindler.

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Among people born in China, Jacques Mayol ranks 351 out of 1,610Before him are Ren Zhengfei (1944), Qi Jiguang (1527), Ma Dai (183), Khutughtu Khan Kusala (1300), Li Qiang (1959), and Emperor Wu of Song (363). After him are Han Gan (706), Zhou Youguang (1906), Zeng Guofan (1811), Zhao Tuo (-230), Gu Kaizhi (345), and Jangsu of Goguryeo (394).


Among celebrities born in China, Jacques Mayol ranks 1After him are Li Wenliang (1986), Xi Mingze (1992), and Yu Wenxia (1989).