Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
27 December 1948
|Citizenship||French, Russian (since 2013)|
(m. 1971; div. 1996)
|Children||4, including Guillaume and Julie|
Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu, CQ (UK: / /,, US: /- /,, French: [ʒeʁaʁ ɡzavje maʁsɛl dəpaʁdjø] (listen); born 27 December 1948) is a French actor. 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 (officially adopted name in Russian: Жерар Депардьё, romanized: Zherar Depardyo), and became a cultural ambassador of Montenegro during the same month.
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), for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival and his second César Award for Best Actor as well as garnering a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He co-starred in Peter Weir's comedy Green Card (1991), 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).
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. 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.
Gérard Depardieu grew up in poverty in a two-room apartment at 39 rue du Maréchal-Joffre, Châteauroux, in a proletarian family with five brothers and sisters. Gérard helped his mother in the deliveries of his younger brothers and sisters. He spent more time on the streets than in school, leaving at the age of 13. Practically illiterate and half stammering, he learned to read only later.
During a difficult adolescence, he "got by", through committing theft and smuggling all kinds of goods (cigarettes, alcohol), among others with the GIs of the important American air base of Châteauroux-Déols. He also acted as a bodyguard for prostitutes who came down from Paris on weekends, the GIs' payday.
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. 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). Other prominent early films include Barbet Schroeder's controversial Maîtresse (1975), 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.
Depardieu's 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 (1991), 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. 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. In 2013, he starred in an independent film titled A Farewell to Fools. 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.
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.
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). Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with Clémentine Igou. He underwent heart surgery in July 2000.
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 reconciled prior to Guillaume's death.
On 18 May 1998, he has a motorcycle accident with 2.5 g/l of alcohol in the blood on the way to the shooting of Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar, by Claude Zidi. Forty days off work were prescribed to him.
In 2012 he was hit by a car while riding his scooter in Paris. The same year, while intoxicated with 1.8 g/l of alcohol in the blood, he had another scooter accident, without injury and without collision with a third party. Since the 2000s, the actor has suffered at least seven motorcycle or scooter accidents.
In a 1978 interview, Depardieu reportedly confirmed a story that he first participated in a rape when he was 9 years old and that he had participated in more rapes since then. He reportedly stated there were "too many [rapes] to count... There was nothing wrong with it. The girls wanted to be raped. I mean, there's no such thing as rape. It's only a matter of a girl putting herself in a situation where she wants to be." The story re-emerged in Time magazine in 1991. On 15 March 1991, Depardieu's American publicist Lois Smith stated, "he's sorry, but it happened." The National Organization for Women requested an apology from Depardieu. Later that month, Depardieu's French publicist Claude Devy discounted the statements made by Smith and Depardieu threatened legal action against any media outlet that published the comments. Depardieu's team said his words were mistranslated and he only admitted to having witnessed rapes. Time refused to retract the story.
On 16 August 2011, Depardieu 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. In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris. 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. 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.
He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium, since 7 December 2012. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised his move. On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport. On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu. In his first interview thereafter, Depardieu attacked Putin's critics for "lacking vision". In his autobiography, Depardieu said Putin "immediately liked my hooligan side." In February 2013, he registered as a resident of Saransk. Also in January 2013, he was appointed a cultural ambassador for Montenegro. During the summer of 2015, due to remarks Depardieu made about Russian-Ukrainian political issues, his films were banned from television and cinemas in Ukraine.
In August 2018, Depardieu was accused of sexual assault and rape by a 22-year-old actress and dancer. 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. In 2019, the charges were dropped after a nine-month police investigation. The case was reopened in October 2020 after his accuser refiled the complaint. In February 2021, it was announced that French authorities charged Depardieu with rape in December 2020, stemming from the incident in August 2018. According to Depardieu's lawyer, Hervé Témime, speaking to Le Monde, the actor rejects the allegation.
Depardieu has been nominated for the César for Best Actor in a Leading Role 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
- 2006: Moscow Film Festival: Stanislavsky Award for the outstanding achievement in the career of acting
|Association||Year||Category||Nominated Work||Result|
|7 d'Or Night||1999||Audience Vote: Best Actor – Fiction||Le Comte de Monte Cristo||Won|
|20/20 Awards||2011||Best Actor||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|Academy Awards||1991||Best Actor||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|BAFTA Awards||1988||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Jean de Florette||Nominated|
|1992||Best Actor in a Leading Role||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|British Film Institute||1989||BFI Fellowship||—||Won|
|s||1976||Best Actor||7 morts sur ordonnance||Nominated|
|1977||Best Actor||La dernière femme||Nominated|
|1978||Best Actor||Dites-lui que je ľaime||Nominated|
|1979||Best Actor||Le sucre||Nominated|
|1981||Best Actor||Le dernier metro||Won|
|1984||Best Actor||Les compères||Nominated|
|1985||Best Actor||Fort Saganne||Nominated|
|1988||Best Actor||Sous le soleil de Satan||Nominated|
|1989||Best Actor||Camille Claudel||Nominated|
|1990||Best Actor||Trop belle pour toi||Nominated|
|1991||Best Actor||Cyrano de Bergerac||Won|
|1995||Best Actor||Le colonel Chabert||Nominated|
|2007||Best Actor||Quand j'étais chanteur||Nominated|
|2016||Best Actor||Valley of Love||Nominated|
|Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association||1991||Best Actor||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|David di Donatello Awards||1991||Best Foreign Actor||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|European Film Awards||1990||European Actor of the Year||Cyrano de Bergerac||Nominated|
|1998||Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema||The Man in the Iron Mask||Nominated|
|Étoiles ďOr||2011||Best Actor||Mammuth||Won|
|Globes de Cristal Awards||2007||Best Actor||Quand j'étais chanteur||Nominated|
|Golden Camera Awards||1996||Best International Actor||Les anges gardiens||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||1991||Best Actor – Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy||Green Card||Won|
|Hamburg Film Festival||2006||Douglas Sirk Award||—||Won|
|Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival||2011||Award of Excellence||Grenouille d'hiver||Won|
|I've Seen Films – International Film Festival||2012||Best Actor||Grenouille d'hiver||Won|
|Jules Verne Awards||2009||Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award||—||Won|
|London Critics Circle Film Awards||1992||Actor of the Year||Cyrano de Bergerac
|Lumiere Awards||2007||Best Actor||Quand j'étais chanteur||Won|
|2016||Best Actor||Valley of Love||Nominated|
|2017||Best Actor||The End||Nominated|
|Montréal World Film Festival||1983||Best Actor||Danton||Won|
|1995||Grand Prix Special des Amériques||—||Won|
|1999||Grand Prix des Amériques||Un pont entre deux rives||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics Awards||1977||Best Actor||La derniére femme||Nominated|
|1984||Best Actor||Le retour de Martin Guerre
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||1983||Best Actor||Le retour de Martin Guerre
|Primetime Emmy Awards||2003||Outstanding Miniseries||Napoleon||Nominated|
|San Francisco International Film Festival||1994||Piper-Heidsieck Award||—||Won|
|Telluride Film Festival||1990||Silver Medallion Award||—||Won|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards||2000||Worst Supporting Actor||102 Dalmatians||Nominated|
|2000||Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Glenn Close)||102 Dalmatians||Nominated|
|2000||Worst On-Screen Hairstyle||102 Dalmatians||Nominated|
|Venice Film Festival||1997||Career Golden Lion||—||Won|
|Verona Love Screens Film Festival||2000||Best Actor||Un pont entre deux rives||Won|
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