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Gérard Depardieu

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Depardieu at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (in 2010).
Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu

(1948-12-27) 27 December 1948 (age 71)
Châteauroux, France
CitizenshipFrench, Russian
OccupationActor, filmmaker, businessman, vineyard owner
Years active1967–present
Élisabeth Guignot
(m. 1971;div. 1996)
Partner(s) Carole Bouquet (c. 1997; separated 2005)
Clémentine Igou (c. 2005–present)
Children4, including Guillaume and Julie

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu ( UK: /ˈdɛpɑːrdjɜː,ˌdɛpɑːrˈdjɜː/ , [1] [2] US: /-ˈdjʌ,ˌdpɑːrˈdj/ , [1] [3] [4] French:  [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] ( Loudspeaker.svg 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.[ citation needed ] 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.


Early life

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. [5] [6] After leaving school at the age of thirteen, he worked at a printworks. He also became involved in selling stolen goods, and was put on probation at one point. [7]

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Depardieu at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

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. [8] 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). [9] 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. [10] 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. [11] In 2013, he starred in an independent film titled A Farewell to Fools . [12] 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

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Depardieu with Carole Bouquet at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival

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. [13]

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

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). [14] [15] Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with Clémentine Igou. He underwent heart surgery in July 2000. [16]

On 13 October 2008, Depardieu's son Guillaume died from pneumonia at the age of 37. Guillaume's health had been adversely affected by drug addiction and by a 1995 motorcycle crash that eventually required the amputation of his right leg in 2003. Depardieu and Guillaume had a turbulent relationship, but had recently reconciled prior to Guillame's death. [17]

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. [18] In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris. [19] 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. [20] 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. [21]

He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium, since 7 December 2012. [22] French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised his move. [23] On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport. [24] [25] On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu. [26] In his first interview thereafter, Depardieu attacked Putin's critics for "lacking vision". [27] In his autobiography, Depardieu said Putin "immediately liked my hooligan side." [28] In February 2013, he registered as a resident of Saransk. Also in January 2013, he was appointed a cultural ambassador for Montenegro. [29] 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. [30]

In August 2018, Depardieu was accused of sexual assault and rape by a 22-year-old actress and dancer. [31] 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. [32]


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 .

AssociationYearCategoryNominated WorkResult
7 d'Or Night1999Audience Vote: Best Actor – FictionLe Comte de Monte CristoWon
20/20 Awards2011Best ActorCyrano de BergeracNominated
Academy Awards 1991 Best Actor Cyrano de BergeracNominated
BAFTA Awards 1988 Best Actor in a Leading Role Jean de FloretteNominated
1992 Best Actor in a Leading Role Cyrano de BergeracNominated
British Film Institute 1989 BFI Fellowship Won
Cesar Awards 1976 Best Actor 7 morts sur ordonnanceNominated
1977 Best Actor La dernière femmeNominated
1978 Best Actor Dites-lui que je ľaimeNominated
1979 Best Actor Le sucreNominated
1981 Best Actor Le dernier metroWon
1983 Best Actor DantonNominated
1984 Best Actor Les compèresNominated
1985 Best Actor Fort SaganneNominated
1986 Best Actor PoliceNominated
1988 Best Actor Sous le soleil de SatanNominated
1989 Best Actor Camille ClaudelNominated
1990 Best Actor Trop belle pour toiNominated
1991 Best Actor Cyrano de BergaracWon
1995 Best Actor Le colonel ChabertNominated
2007 Best Actor Quand j'étais chanteurNominated
2011 Best Actor MammuthNominated
2016 Best Actor Valley of LoveNominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 1991 Best Actor Cyrano de BergeracNominated
David di Donatello Awards 1991 Best Foreign Actor Cyrano de BergeracNominated
European Film Awards 1990 European Actor of the Year Cyrano de BergeracNominated
1998 Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema The Man in the Iron MaskNominated
Étoiles ďOr2011Best ActorMammuthWon
Globes de Cristal Awards 2007 Best Actor Quand j'étais chanteurNominated
2011 Best Actor MammuthNominated
Golden Camera Awards 1996 Best International Actor Les anges gardiensWon
Golden Globe Awards 1991 Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy Green CardWon
Hamburg Film Festival 2006Douglas Sirk AwardWon
Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival 2011Award of ExcellenceGrenouille d'hiverWon
I've Seen Films – International Film Festival2012Best ActorGrenouille d'hiverWon
Jules Verne Awards 2009Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement AwardWon
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1992Actor of the YearCyrano de Bergerac
Green Card
Lumiere Awards 2007 Best Actor Quand j'étais chanteurWon
2016 Best Actor Valley of LoveNominated
2017 Best Actor The EndNominated
Montréal World Film Festival 1983Best ActorDantonWon
1995Grand Prix Special des AmériquesWon
1999Grand Prix des AmériquesUn pont entre deux rivesNominated
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1977Best ActorLa derniére femmeNominated
1984Best ActorLe retour de Martin Guerre
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 1983Best ActorLe retour de Martin Guerre
Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 Outstanding Miniseries NapoleonNominated
San Francisco International Film Festival 1994Piper-Heidsieck AwardWon
Telluride Film Festival 1990 Silver Medallion Award Won
The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards 2000 Worst Supporting Actor 102 DalmatiansNominated
2000 Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Glenn Close )102 DalmatiansNominated
2000 Worst On-Screen Hairstyle 102 DalmatiansNominated
Venice Film Festival 1997Career Golden LionWon
Verona Love Screens Film Festival2000Best ActorUn pont entre deux rivesWon


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