Gérard Depardieu

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Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu Cannes 2015 3.jpg
Depardieu at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Born Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
(1948-12-27) 27 December 1948 (age 67)
Châteauroux, Indre, France
Citizenship France and Russia
Occupation Actor, filmmaker, businessman, vineyard owner
Years active 1964–present
Spouse(s) Élisabeth Guignot (m. 1971–96)
Partner(s) Carole Bouquet (c. 1997; sep. 2005)
Clémentine Igou (c. 2005)
Children Guillaume (deceased), Julie, Roxanne, Jean

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (French: [ʒeʁaʁ dəpaʁdjø]; born 27 December 1948) is a French actor, filmmaker, businessman and vineyard owner. He is one of the most prolific character actors in film history, having completed approximately 170 movies since 1967.

He received critical 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 Venice Film Festival Award 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, 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 the same month became a cultural ambassador of Montenegro.

Early life[edit]

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] Leaving school at the age of 13 he took a job at a printworks, but also began to get involved in petty crime, resulting in his being put on probation at one point.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Depardieu at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival

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] He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet.

His breakout film role came in 1974 playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Les Valseuses (Going Places).[5] Other prominent early roles include a starring role alongside Robert De Niro in Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic 1900 (1976) and a role in François Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980), 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 critical acclaim 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).

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]

In 2013, he starred in an independent film entitled A Farewell to Fools.[8]

Depardieu features 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[edit]

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 Silla. In 1996 he divorced Élisabeth and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, who was his partner from 1997 to 2005.[9]

Depardieu at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

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 novelist Clémentine Igou.

On 13 October 2008, his son Guillaume, whose health had been severely affected by drugs, a motorbike crash and 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.[12]

In recent years, Depardieu has attracted attention from the media and legal authorities for his behavior. On August 16. 2011, he urinated in a bottle, which overflowed onto the carpet of a CityJet airplane as it departed Paris for Dublin.[13] In August 2012, he was accused of assault and battery for punching a motorist in Paris.[14] 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.[15]

He has been an official resident of Néchin, Belgium since 7 December 2012.[16] French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault criticised his move.[17] On 15 December 2012, Depardieu publicly stated he was handing back his French passport.[18][19] On 3 January 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an Executive Order granting Russian citizenship to Depardieu.[20] In his first interview thereafter, Depardieu attacked Putin's critics.[21] In his autobiography Depardieu said Putin 'immediately liked my hooligan side.' [22] In February 2013 he registered as a resident of Saransk. Also in January 2013 he was appointed a cultural ambassador for Montenegro.[23] During the summer of 2015, due to Russian-Ukrainian political issues, Depardieu was banned from TV and movie theaters in Ukraine.[24]


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.

Selected filmography[edit]

Depardieu with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, January 5, 2013.
Year Film Role Cesar
1972 Nathalie Granger Marguerite Duras
1973 Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse Beretti Juan Luis Buñuel (es)
1973 The Year 01 Jacques Doillon
Alain Resnais
Jean Rouch
1974 Going Places Jean-Claude Bertrand Blier
1974 Stavisky Alain Resnais
1974 Vincent, François, Paul and the Others Jean Lavallee Claude Sautet
1975 Pas si méchant que ça (fr) Pierre Claude Goretta
Maîtresse Olivier Barbet Schroeder
Sept morts sur ordonnance Doctor Jean-Pierre Berg Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
1976 Je t'aime moi non plus Serge Gainsbourg
The Last Woman Giovanni Best Actor Marco Ferreri
1900 Olmo Dalcò Bernardo Bertolucci
Barocco Samson André Téchiné
1977 Rene the Cane René Bornier Francis Girod
The Lorry Lui Marguerite Duras
Baxter, Vera Baxter Michel Cayre Marguerite Duras
This Sweet Sickness David Martinaud Best Actor Claude Miller
At Night All Cats Are Crazy Philibert Larcher Gérard Zingg (fr)
1978 Get Out Your Handkerchiefs Raoul Bertrand Blier
Bye Bye Monkey Gérard LaFayette Marco Ferreri
Violanta Fortunat Daniel Schmid
The Left-Handed Woman Peter Handke
Le Sucre Raoul-Renaud Homecourt Best Actor Jacques Rouffio
1979 Traffic Jam Franco Luigi Comencini
The Dogs Morel Alain Jessua
Buffet froid Alphonse Tram Bertrand Blier
1980 Hurricane Rosy Raoul Lamarre Mario Monicelli
My American Uncle René Ragueneau Alain Resnais
Loulou Loulou Maurice Pialat
The Last Metro Bernard Granger Best Actor François Truffaut
Inspector Blunder Roger Morzini Claude Zidi
Je vous aime Patrick Claude Berri
1981 Choice of Arms Mickey Alain Corneau
The Woman Next Door Bernard Coudray François Truffaut
La Chèvre Campana Francis Veber
1982 The Return of Martin Guerre Martin Guerre Daniel Vigne (fr)
The Big Brother Gérard Berger / Bernard Vigo Francis Girod
1983 Danton Georges Danton Best Actor Andrzej Wajda
Moon in the Gutter Gérard Delmas Jean-Jacques Beineix
Les Compères Jean Lucas Best Actor Francis Veber
1984 Fort Saganne Charles Saganne Best Actor Alain Corneau
Le tartuffe Tartuffe Gérard Depardieu
Rive droite, rive gauche Paul Senanques Philippe Labro
1985 Police Louis Vincent Mangin Best Actor Maurice Pialat
Une Femme ou Deux Julien Chayssac Daniel Vigne (fr)
1986 Tenue de soirée / Menage Bob Bertrand Blier
Jean de Florette Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Les Fugitifs Jean Lucas Francis Veber
1987 Under the Sun of Satan Abbé Donissan Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1988 A Strange Place to Meet Charles François Dupeyron
Camille Claudel Auguste Rodin Best Actor Bruno Nuytten
1989 Deux (fr) Marc Lambert Claude Zidi
Too Beautiful for You Bernard Barthélémy Best Actor Bertrand Blier
I Want to Go Home Christian Gauthier Alain Resnais
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano de Bergerac Best Actor Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Uranus Léopold Lajeunesse Claude Berri
and Arlette Langmann
Green Card Georges Fauré Peter Weir
1991 Merci la vie Doctor Marc Antoine Worms Bertrand Blier
My Father the Hero André Arnel Gérard Lauzier
Tous les Matins du Monde Marin Marais Alain Corneau
1992 The Timekeeper (Short) Jeff Blyth
1492: Conquest of Paradise Christopher Columbus Ridley Scott
1993 Hélas pour moi Simon Donnadieu Jean-Luc Godard
Germinal Toussaint Maheu Claude Berri
1994 My Father the Hero André Arnel Steve Miner
A Pure Formality Onoff Giuseppe Tornatore
Colonel Chabert Chabert Best Actor Yves Angelo
La Machine (fr) Doctor Marc Lacroix Francois Dupeyron
1995 Élisa Jaques "Lebovitch" Desmoulins Jean Becker
Les Anges gardiens Antoine Carco Jean-Marie Poiré
Le Garçu Gérard Maurice Pialat
1996 Unhook the Stars Big Tommy Bellaveau Nick Cassavetes
Bogus Bogus Norman Jewison
The Secret Agent Ossipon Christopher Hampton
The Best Job in the World Laurent Monier Gérard Lauzier
Hamlet Reynaldo Kenneth Branagh
1997 XXL Jean Bourdalou Ariel Zeitoun
1998 The Man in the Iron Mask Porthos Randall Wallace
Notes of Love Lawyer Levi Mimmo Calopresti
The Count of Monte Cristo (TV miniseries) Edmond Dantès Josée Dayan
Bimboland (fr) Laurent Gaspard Ariel Zeitoun
1999 Asterix & Obelix vs Caesar Obelix Claude Zidi
Un pont entre deux rives (fr) Georges Frédéric Auburtin (fr)
Balzac (fr) (TV miniseries) Honoré de Balzac Josée Dayan
2000 Mirka Strix Rachid Benhadj
Tutto l'amore che c'è Molotov Sergio Rubini
Actors as himself Bertrand Blier
Vatel François Vatel Roland Joffé
Les Misérables (TV miniseries) Jean Valjean Josée Dayan
The Envy of Gods Bernard Vladimir Menshov
102 Dalmatians Jean Pierre Le Pelt Kevin Lima
2001 The Closet Félix Santini Francis Veber
Unfair Competition Professor Angelo Ettore Scola
CQ Andrzej Roman Coppola
Vidocq Vidocq Pitof
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Obelix Alain Chabat
I Am Dina Jacob Grønlev Ole Bornedal
A Loving Father Léo Shepherd Jacob Berger
Between Strangers Max Edoardo Ponti
City of Ghosts Emile Matt Dillon
Napoléon (TV miniseries) Joseph Fouché Yves Simoneau
Blanche (fr) D'Artagnan Bernie Bonvoisin
2003 Le Pacte du silence (fr) Joachim Graham Guit (fr)
Crime Spree Daniel Foray Brad Mirman (fr)
Bon voyage Jean-Étienne Beaufort Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Nathalie... Bernard Anne Fontaine
Ruby & Quentin Quentin Francis Veber
2004 RRRrrrr!!! Chief Alain Chabat
La Femme Musketeer (TV film) Cardinal Mazarin Steve Boyum
San-Antonio (fr) Lieutenant Alexandre-Benoît Bérurier Frédéric Auburtin (fr)
Nouvelle-France Father Thomas Blondeau Jean Beaudin
36 Quai des Orfèvres Denis Klein Olivier Marchal
Changing Times Antoine Lavau André Téchiné
2005 Je préfère qu'on reste amis... (fr) Serge Olivier Nakache
and Éric Toledano
Boudu Boudu Gérard Jugnot
How Much Do You Love Me? Charly Bertrand Blier
The Accursed Kings (TV miniseries) Jacques de Molay Josée Dayan
Olé! (fr) François Veber Florence Quentin
2006 Last Holiday Chef Didier Wayne Wang
Paris, je t'aime (Anthology film) Joel and Ethan Coen,
Gus Van Sant,
Wes Craven,
Gérard Depardieu
and Frédéric Auburtin (fr)
When I Was a Singer Alain Moreau Best Actor Xavier Giannoli
2007 La Vie en Rose Louis Leplée Olivier Dahan
Michou d'Auber (fr) Georges Thomas Gilou (fr)
2008 Asterix at the Olympic Games Obelix Frédéric Forestier
and Thomas Langmann
Vsyo mogut koroli (ru) Alexandr Chernyaev
Disco Jean-François Civette Fabien Onteniente
Babylon A.D. Gorsky Mathieu Kassovitz
Mesrine Guido Jean-François Richet
Bouquet final (fr) Hugo Michel Delgado (fr)
Hello Goodbye Alain Gaash Graham Guit (fr)
Trouble at Timpetill General Igor Nicolas Bary
2009 Diamant 13 Mat Olivier Marchal
Coco Doctor Gad Elmaleh
Bellamy Inspector Paul Bellamy Claude Chabrol
In the Beginning Abel Xavier Giannoli
2010 L'Autre Dumas Alexandre Dumas Safy Nebbou
Mammuth Serge Pilardosse Best Actor Benoît Delépine
and Gustave de Kervern
Le Grand Restaurant (fr) (TV) Gérard Gérard Pullicino
My Afternoons with Margueritte Germain Chazes Jean Becker
Potiche Maurice Babin François Ozon
Pozdnyaya Lyubov Gueorgui Sabit Kurmanbekov
Small World Konrad Lang Bruno Chiche (fr)
2011 Grenouille d'hiver (fr) (Short) Benjamin Slony Sow
Un baiser papillon (fr) Karine Silla (fr)
Rasputin (fr) Rasputin Josée Dayan
2012 Le grand soir Juvénal Benoît Delépine
and Gustave de Kervern
The Man Who Laughs (fr) Ursus Jean-Pierre Améris
Life of Pi The cook Ang Lee
Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Obelix Laurent Tirard
2013 Turf (fr) Monsieur Paul Fabien Onteniente
A Farewell to Fools Ipu Bogdan Dreyer (ro)
Niente può fermarci (it) Henry Luigi Cecinelli (it)
La marque des anges - Miserere Lionel Kasdan Sylvain White
Les Invincibles (fr) Jacky Camboulaze Frédéric Berthe (fr)
Cadences obstinées Père Villedieu Fanny Ardant
2014 Zaytsev+1 (ru) (TV series) Zhora Michael Starchak
Welcome to New York Devereaux Abel Ferrara
United Passions Jules Rimet Frédéric Auburtin (fr)
La voix des Steppes Yermek Shinarbayev
and Gérard Depardieu
Viktor Victor Lambert Philippe Martinez
Sex, Coffee, Cigarettes Sergey Oldenburg
2015 Valley of Love Gérard Best Actor Guillaume Nicloux
2016 Saint-Amour Jean Benoît Delépine
and Gustave de Kervern
Marseille (TV series) Robert Taro Florent Emilio Siri
and Samuel Benchetrit
Tour de France
2017 Bonne pomme Gérard Florence Quentin

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Gerard Depardieu Biography (1948–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Les ancêtres de Gérard Depardieu (1948)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2008. 
  3. ^ Atkin, Tim (4 September 2005). "Voulez-vous poulet avec moi?". The Observer. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  4. ^ 30th Anniversary of Café de la Gare, L'Express, 15 August 2002, (in French)
  5. ^ Gérard Depardieu at IMDb
  6. ^ Lichfield, John (10 February 2003). "This Europe: Confessions of Depardieu". The Independent. UK. Archived from the original on 17 January 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Presentation of concert on Festival de Radio France site.
  8. ^ "Monterey Media Acquires Three Films, Including Works Starring Gerard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel". indiewire.com. 17 October 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bouquet — Depardieu en crise". Dhnet.be. 31 August 2005. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  10. ^ Issue 3089, 31 July 2008, Paris Match
  11. ^ Sloan, Michael (22 April 2011). "Upheaval of life blamed on Apsara". The Phnom Penh Post. Cambodia. Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  12. ^ Lichfield, John (14 October 2008). "Gérard Depardieu's son dies of pneumonia at 37". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  13. ^ Henry Samuel (17 August 2011). "Gerard Depardieu 'sorry' to have urinated on plane carpet". The Telegraph. 
  14. ^ Henry Barnes (17 August 2012). "Gérard Depardieu accused of punching motorist in road rage assault". guardian.co.uk. 
  15. ^ Kimberley Dadds (29 November 2012). "French actor Gerard Depardieu 'arrested for driving scooter drunk' in Paris following minor accident". DailyMail. 
  16. ^ Fraser, Christian (17 December 2012). "Depardieu: French film star stirs tax row". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Depardieu tax exile move 'shabby' - French PM Ayrault". BBC. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Depardieu 'to give up passport' in tax exile row". BBC news. 16 December 2012. 
  19. ^ "Gérard Depardieu : "Je rends mon passeport"". lejdd.fr. 15 December 2012. 
  20. ^ "Executive Order on granting Russian citizenship to Gerard Depardieu". Russian Presidential Executive Office. January 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Depardieu attacks Russia's opposition.". Aljazeera.com. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  22. ^ news.com.au 6 October 2104 putin liked depardieus hooligan side at once
  23. ^ "Depardieu nommé ambassadeur de la culture du Monténégro". La Voix de la Russie. 9 January 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  24. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/gerard-depardieu-movies-banned-theaters-tv/story?id=32995523
  25. ^ "ORDRE DE LA LÉGION D'HONNEUR Décret du 30 décembre 1995 portant promotion et". JORF. 1996 (1): 8. 2 January 1996. PREX9513805D. Retrieved 22 March 2009. 
  26. ^ "28th Moscow International Film Festival (2006)". MIFF. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 

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