Gerard depardieu

Gérard Depardieu, CQ
2010 Cannes Film Festival
Born Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
(1948-12-27) 27 December 1948 (age 65)
Châteauroux, Indre, France
Citizenship French, Russian
Spouse(s) Élisabeth Guignot (m. 1971–96)
Partner(s) Carole Bouquet (1997–2005)
Clémentine Igou (2005–present)
Children Guillaume (deceased), Julie, Roxanne, Jean

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (French: [ʒeʁaʁ dəpaʁdjø]; born 27 December 1948) is a French actor, film-maker, businessman and vineyard owner. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed approximately 170 movies since 1967. He has twice won the César Award for Best Actor as well as the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Green Card. After he garnered huge critical acclaim for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac, which landed him a nomination for an Academy Award, Depardieu acted in many big budget Hollywood movies. 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, made an honorary citizen of Belgium in August 2013, and the same year became a cultural ambassador of Montenegro.

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.[1][2]

Depardieu spent more time on the street than in the classroom and left school at 12.[3]

Acting career

At the age of 16, 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] His breakout film role came in 1974 playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Les Valseuses (Going Places).[5] He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet, and went on to become one of France's most renowned actors. In 1986, his international fame grew as a result of his performance as a doomed, hunchbacked farmer in the film Jean de Florette. Five years later he won a César for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac.

Gerard crossed over into the American film market by co-starring in the 1990 film Green Card. He has since had other roles in other English-language films.

More recently, he has played Obélix in the four live-action Astérix movies in which he is said to have discovered Mélanie Laurent when she was 14.[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]

Personal life

In 1970, Depardieu married Élisabeth Guignot, with whom he had two children, actor Guillaume (1971–2008) and actress Julie (1973). On 28 January 1992, while separated from Élisabeth, he had a daughter, Roxanne, with the model Karine Sylla. In 1996 he divorced Élisabeth and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, who was his partner from 1997 to 2005.[8]

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), according to the issue 3089 (31 July 2008) of Paris Match and the Phnom Penh Post.[9] Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with a Harvard-educated novelist, Clémentine Igou.

On 13 October 2008, his son Guillaume, whose health had been severely affected by drugs, a motorbike crash and, most importantly, a hospital infection contracted during the post-accident operations, eventually leading to the amputation of his leg, died at the age of 37 from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.[10]

In recent years, Depardieu has attracted attention from the media and legal authorities for his behavior. In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris.[11] 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.[12]

He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium since 7 December 2012.[13] French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised his move.[14] On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport.[15][16] On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu.[17] Depardieu soon returned the favor by attacking Putin's critics.[18] Depardieu was made an honorary citizen of Belgium in August 2013.[19]


Depardieu has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role César 15 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.


Year Film Cesar nomination Cesar win Director
2013 A Farewell to Fools (Condamnat la viață) Bogdan Dreyer
2012 The Man Who Laughs(L'homme qui rit)
Life of Pi Ang Lee
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Laurent Tirard
Le grand soir
2011 Grenouille d'hiver Slony Sow
Un baiser papillon Karine Silla
Raspoutine Josée Dayan
2010 Houba ! Le Marsupilami et l'Orchidée de Chicxulub Alain Chabat
Une femme d'affaires Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Potiche François Ozon
La tête en friche Jean Becker
Le grand restaurant (TV) Gérard Pullicino
Mammuth Best Actor Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern
L'Autre Dumas Safy Nebbou
2009 Bellamy Claude Chabrol
In the Beginning Xavier Giannoli
Diamant 13 Mat
2008 Hello Goodbye Graham Guit
Mesrine: L'instinct de Mort Jean-François Richet
Babylon A.D. Mathieu Kassovitz
Disco Fabien Onteniente
Asterix at the Olympic Games Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann
2007 Michou d'Auber Thomas Gilou
La Vie en Rose Olivier Dahan
Paris, je t'aime himself (sequence)
2006 Quand j'étais chanteur Best Actor Xavier Giannoli
Last Holiday Wayne Wang
2005 Olé! Florence Quentin
The Accursed Kings Josée Dayan
Boudu Gérard Jugnot
How Much Do You Love Me? Bertrand Blier
2004 Les temps qui changent André Téchiné
RRRrrrr!!! Alain Chabat
36 Quai des Orfèvres Olivier Marchal
2003 Tais-toi! Francis Veber
Nathalie... Anne Fontaine
Bon voyage Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Crime Spree Brad Mirman
Le Pacte Du Silence Graham Guit
2002 A Loving Father Jacob Berger
City of Ghosts Matt Dillon
I Am Dina Ole Bornedal
Napoléon Yves Simoneau
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Alain Chabat
2001 Vidocq Pitof
CQ Roman Coppola
The Closet Francis Veber
2000 102 Dalmatians Kevin Lima
Les Misérables Josée Dayan
The Envy of Gods Vladimir Menshov
Tutto l'amore che c'è Sergio Rubini
Vatel Roland Joffé
Mirka Rachid Benhadj
1999 Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar Claude Zidi
1998 The Count of Monte Cristo Josée Dayan
The Man in the Iron Mask Randall Wallace
1996 Bogus Norman Jewison
Hamlet Kenneth Branagh
Unhook the Stars Nick Cassavetes
The Best Job in the World Gérard Lauzier
1995 Les Anges gardiens Jean-Marie Poiré
Élisa Jean Becker
1994 A Pure Formality Giuseppe Tornatore
My Father the Hero Steve Miner
La Machine Francois Dupeyron
Le Colonel Chabert Best Actor Yves Angelo
1993 Germinal Claude Berri
1992 Timekeeper Jeff Blyth
1492: Conquest of Paradise Ridley Scott
1991 Merci la vie Bertrand Blier
Tous les matins du monde Alain Corneau
My Father the Hero Gérard Lauzier
1990 Green Card Peter Weir
Uranus Claude Berri and Arlette Langmann
Cyrano de Bergerac Best Actor Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1989 Too Beautiful for You Best Actor Bertrand Blier
Le choix des armes Claude Zidi
I Want to Go Home Alain Resnais
1988 Camille Claudel Best Actor Bruno Nuytten
A Strange Place to Meet François Dupeyron
1987 Under the Sun of Satan Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1986 Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Manon des Sources Claude Berri
Les Fugitifs Francis Véber
Tenue de soirée Bertrand Blier
1985 Une Femme ou Deux Daniel Vigne
Police Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1984 Le tartuffe Himself
Rive droite, rive gauche Philippe Labro
Fort Saganne Best Actor Alain Corneau
1983 Les Compères Best Actor Francis Veber
Danton Best Actor Andrzej Wajda
1982 The Return of Martin Guerre Daniel Vigne

Le choix des armes

1981 La Chèvre Francis Veber
Le choix des armes Alain Corneau
The Woman Next Door François Truffaut
1980 The Last Metro Best Actor François Truffaut
Loulou Maurice Pialat
Mon oncle d'Amérique Alain Resnais
Inspecteur la Bavure Claude Zidi
1979 Traffic Jam Luigi Comencini
Buffet froid Bertrand Blier
Temporale Rosy Mario Monicelli
The Dogs Alain Jessua
1978 The Left-Handed Woman Peter Handke
Le Sucre Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
Bye Bye Monkey Marco Ferreri
Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Bertrand Blier
1977 Dites-lui que je l'aime Best Actor Claude Miller
The Lorry Marguerite Duras
1976 La Dernière femme Best Actor Marco Ferreri
1900 Bernardo Bertolucci
Je t'aime... moi non plus Serge Gainsbourg
Maîtresse Barbet Schroeder
1975 Sept morts sur ordonnance Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
1974 Vincent, François, Paul and the Others Claude Sautet
Going Places Bertrand Blier
1973 Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse Luis Buñuel
1972 Le Viager Pierre Tchernia

See also


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Russian artist Shishkin writes portrait of Gerard Depardieu//Channel One.

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