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Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (UK: /ˈdɛpɑːrdjɜː/, US: /ˌdɛpɑːrˈdjuː/, French: [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] (listen); born 27 December 1948) is a French actor. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed more than 170 films since 1967. He has received acclaim for his performances in The Last Metro (1980), for which he won the César Award for Best Actor, in Police (1985), for which he won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor, Jean de Florette (1986), and Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), winning the Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor, his second César Award for Best Actor, and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. He co-starred in Peter Weir's comedy Green Card (1990), winning a Golden Globe Award and later acted in many big budget Hollywood movies including Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Randall Wallace's The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), and Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012). He is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur and Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite. He was granted citizenship of Russia in January 2013, and became a cultural ambassador of Montenegro during the same month.

Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu

(1948-12-27)27 December 1948
Châteauroux, France
CitizenshipFrench, Russian
OccupationActor, filmmaker, businessman, vineyard owner
Years active1964–present
Élisabeth Guignot
(m. 1971;div. 1996)
Partner(s)Carole Bouquet (c.1997;separated

Clémentine Igou (c.2005–present)
Children4, including Guillaume and Julie

Early life

Depardieu at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

Depardieu at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France. He is one of the five children of Anne Jeanne Josèphe (née Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel Depardieu, a metal worker and volunteer fireman.[1][2] After leaving school at the age of thirteen, he worked at a printworks. He also became involved in selling stolen things, and was put on probation at one point.[3]

Acting career

At the age of sixteen, Depardieu left Châteauroux for Paris. There, he began acting in the new comedy theatre Café de la Gare, along with Patrick Dewaere, Romain Bouteille, Sotha, Coluche, and Miou-Miou.[4] He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet. His first film role to gain attention was playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Les Valseuses (Going Places, 1974).[5] Other prominent early roles include a starring role in Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic 1900 (1976), with Robert De Niro, and a role in François Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980), with Catherine Deneuve for which he won his first César Award for Best Actor.His international profile rose as a result of his performance as a doomed, hunchbacked farmer in the film Jean de Florette (1986) and received notice for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac (1990), for which he won his second César Award for Best Actor, the Cannes Film Festival for Best Actor, and received a nomination for an Academy Award.Depardieu co-starred in Peter Weir's English language romantic comedy Green Card (1990), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He has since had other roles in other English language films, including Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), and Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012).He played Obélix in the four live-action Astérix films in which he is said to have discovered Mélanie Laurent when she was fourteen.[6] In 2009, he took part in a rare performance of Sardou's La Haine at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon, with Fanny Ardant; subsequently broadcast on France Musique.[7] In 2013, he starred in an independent film titled A Farewell to Fools.[8] Depardieu featured as a main character in Antwerp (Edinburgh Festival 2014), a play in The Europeans Trilogy (Bruges, Antwerp, Tervuren) by Paris-based UK playwright Nick Awde.

Personal life

Depardieu with Carole Bouquet at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival

Depardieu with Carole Bouquet at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival

Depardieu with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, 5 January 2013

Depardieu with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, 5 January 2013

In 1970, Depardieu married Élisabeth Guignot, with whom he had two children, actor Guillaume (1971–2008) and actress Julie (born 1973). On 28 January 1992, while separated from Guignot, he had a daughter, Roxanne, with the model Karine Silla (sister of producer Virginie Besson-Silla). In 1996, he divorced Guignot and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, who was his partner from 1997 to 2005.[9]

On 14 July 2006, he had a son, Jean, with French-Cambodian Hélène Bizot (daughter of François Bizot and not to be confused with actress Hélène Bizot).[10][11] Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with Clémentine Igou. He underwent heart surgery in July 2000.[12] On 13 October 2008, Depardieu's son Guillaume died from pneumonia at the age of 37. The infection arose as a complication following surgery to amputate his leg. Guillaume's health had been adversely affected by drug use. A motorcycle crash resulted in a number of post-accident operations performed in an attempt to save the leg. These were complicated by the development of post-operative wound infections, eventually necessitating the amputation of the leg.[13]

In his sixties, Depardieu attracted attention from the media and legal authorities for his behavior. On 16 August 2011, he urinated in a bottle while on board a CityJet flight bound for Dublin as it taxied in Paris. The incident was attributed to urinary incontinence caused by a prostate problem with the flight attendant not allowing him to get up from his seat to go to the toilet because the aircraft was already moving.[14] In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris.[15] In November 2012, he was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he fell from his scooter, and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 1.8 grams per litre, well above the French limit for driving of 0.5.[16] After claiming in 2014 that he could drink up to 14 bottles of wine a day, in 2016 he declared that he had given up alcohol.[17]

He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium, since 7 December 2012.[18] French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised his move.[19] On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport.[20][21] On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu.[22] In his first interview thereafter, Depardieu attacked Putin's critics for "lacking vision".[23] In his autobiography, Depardieu said Putin "immediately liked my hooligan side."[24] In February 2013, he registered as a resident of Saransk. Also in January 2013, he was appointed a cultural ambassador for Montenegro.[25] During the summer of 2015, due to remarks Depardieu made about Russian-Ukrainian political issues, his films were banned from television and movie theaters in Ukraine.[26]

In August 2018, Depardieu was accused of sexual assault and rape by a 22-year-old actress and dancer.[27] The actress reported being assaulted twice by Depardieu in his home during rehearsal sessions. The unnamed actress made her statement to police in Lambesc, southern France, after which the case was passed to prosecutors in the capital. Depardieu denied the allegations.[28]


Depardieu has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role César 17 times during his career and won it twice, in 1981 and 1991. He was also nominated for an Oscar in 1990 for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

  • 1985: Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his role in Police

  • 1985: Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre national du Mérite

  • 1990: Cannes Film Festival: Best actor award for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac

  • 1996: Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur[29]

  • 2006: Moscow Film Festival: Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting[30]

AssociationYearCategoryNominated WorkResult
7 d'Or Night1999Audience Vote: Best Actor – FictionLe Comte de Monte CristoWon
20/20 Awards2011Best ActorCyrano de BergeracNominated
Academy Awards1991Best ActorCyrano de BergeracNominated
BAFTA Awards1988Best Actor in a Leading RoleJean de FloretteNominated
1992Best Actor in a Leading RoleCyrano de BergeracNominated
British Film Institute1989BFI FellowshipWon
Cesar Awards1976Best Actor7 morts sur ordonnanceNominated
1977Best ActorLa dernière femmeNominated
1978Best ActorDites-lui que je ľaimeNominated
1979Best ActorLe sucreNominated
1981Best ActorLe dernier metroWon
1983Best ActorDantonNominated
1984Best ActorLes compèresNominated
1985Best ActorFort SaganneNominated
1986Best ActorPoliceNominated
1988Best ActorSous le soleil de SatanNominated
1989Best ActorCamille ClaudelNominated
1990Best ActorTrop belle pour toiNominated
1991Best ActorCyrano de BergaracWon
1995Best ActorLe colonel ChabertNominated
2007Best ActorQuand j'étais chanteurNominated
2011Best ActorMammuthNominated
2016Best ActorValley of LoveNominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association1991Best ActorCyrano de BergeracNominated
David di Donatello Awards1991Best Foreign ActorCyrano de BergeracNominated
European Film Awards1990European Actor of the YearCyrano de BergeracNominated
1998Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaThe Man in the Iron MaskNominated
Étoiles ďOr2011Best ActorMammuthWon
Globes de Cristal Awards2007Best ActorQuand j'étais chanteurNominated
2011Best ActorMammuthNominated
Golden Camera Awards1996Best International ActorLes anges gardiensWon
Golden Globe Awards1991Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical or ComedyGreen CardWon
Hamburg Film Festival2006Douglas Sirk AwardWon
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival2011Award of ExcellenceGrenouille d'hiverWon
I've Seen Films – International Film Festival2012Best ActorGrenouille d'hiverWon
Jules Verne Awards2009Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement AwardWon
London Critics Circle Film Awards1992Actor of the YearCyrano de Bergerac
Green Card
Lumiere Awards2007Best ActorQuand j'étais chanteurWon
2016Best ActorValley of LoveNominated
2017Best ActorThe EndNominated
Montréal World Film Festival1983Best ActorDantonWon
1995Grand Prix Special des AmériquesWon
1999Grand Prix des AmériquesUn pont entre deux rivesNominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards1977Best ActorLa derniére femmeNominated
1984Best ActorLe retour de Martin Guerre
New York Film Critics Circle Awards1983Best ActorLe retour de Martin Guerre
Primetime Emmy Awards2003Outstanding MiniseriesNapoleonNominated
San Francisco International Film Festival1994Piper-Heidsieck AwardWon
Telluride Film Festival1990Silver Medallion AwardWon
The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards2000Worst Supporting Actor102 DalmatiansNominated
2000Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Glenn Close)102 DalmatiansNominated
2000Worst On-Screen Hairstyle102 DalmatiansNominated
Venice Film Festival1997Career Golden LionWon
Verona Love Screens Film Festival2000Best ActorUn pont entre deux rivesWon


See also

  • Cinema of France

  • List of celebrities who own wineries and vineyards


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