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Guillaume Depardieu

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Guillaume Depardieu
Depardieu in 2005
Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu

(1971-04-07)7 April 1971
Paris, France
Died13 October 2008(2008-10-13) (aged 37)
Garches, France
Years active1974–2008
Elise Ventre
(m. 1999; div. 2001)
Parent(s)Gérard Depardieu
Élisabeth Depardieu
RelativesJulie Depardieu (sister)
AwardsMost Promising Actor
1995 Les apprentis

Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu (7 April 1971 – 13 October 2008) was a French actor, winner of a César Award, and the second oldest child of Gérard Depardieu.

Early life[edit]

Depardieu was the son of actor Gérard Depardieu and his first wife, actress Élisabeth Depardieu (née Guignot). He was the brother of actress Julie Depardieu, and half-brother of Roxane and Jean Depardieu.


Guillaume shared the screen with his father several times throughout his career, beginning with his first film role, aged three, playing Gérard's son in Claude Goretta's That Wonderful Crook (Pas Si Méchant Que Ça) in 1974. His next appearance beside his father was in Tous les matins du monde in 1991, followed by Count of Monte Cristo in 1998, and Aime Ton Père (A Loving Father) in 2002. In 1996 he won a César Award (France's national film award) as the most promising newcomer in Les Apprentis. In 2007, he began rebuilding his career with the films Don't Touch the Axe (Ne Touchez Pas La Hache) and La France, and starred in the 2008 film De la guerre.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Depardieu had a relationship with actress Clotilde Courau from 1997 to 1999, then married actress Elise Ventre on 30 December 1999. They had a daughter, and separated in 2001. Depardieu was known to have had a strained relationship with his famous father, which he detailed in his 2004 autobiography Tout Donner (Giving Everything). Depardieu was said to have reconciled with his father shortly before his death.[1]

Guillaume was often called an enfant terrible by the French magazine Paris Match and was called eccentric and bohemian by others. By 1993, he had already served two jail sentences for drug offences, which included dealing heroin and theft. In 2003, he was fined and given a nine-month suspended prison sentence for threatening a man with a gun. In 2008, he was arrested for driving his scooter while intoxicated.[2][3][4]

In 1995, Depardieu crashed on his motorcycle when he ran over a suitcase that had fallen off a car and onto the roadway. He underwent surgery to repair damage to his knee. The wound developed a Staphylococcus aureus infection. Doctors performed seventeen subsequent operations in an attempt to clear the infection and save the leg; however, these efforts were unsuccessful, and Depardieu's leg was amputated above the knee in June 2003.[4]


Depardieu's health was compromised by drug addiction and by his 1995 motorcycle accident and subsequent surgeries.[1] He contracted a severe viral pneumonia, caused by MRSA, while filming The Childhood of Icarus (L'Enfance d'Icare).[5] He was unable to overcome the infection, and on 13 October 2008, died at the hospital in Garches, aged 37.[4][6][7]



Year Film Role Notes
1974 Pas si méchant que ça
1992 Tous les matins du monde Nominated – César Award for Most Promising Actor
1993 Cible émouvante [fr]
1995 Les apprentis César Award for Most Promising Actor
1997 Marthe
Alliance cherche doigt
1998 Comme elle respire
1998 The Count of Monte Cristo
1999 Pola X
2000 Elle et lui au 14e étage
Les marchands de sable
2001 Amour, prozac et autres curiosités
2002 Peau d'Ange
A Loving Father
Le pharmacien de garde
2004 Process
2006 Celibataires
2007 The Duchess of Langeais
La France
2008 De la guerre
Les inséparables
2009 A Real Life
The Childhood of Icarus



  • Post Mortem (2013)


  1. ^ a b c Lichfield, John (14 October 2008). "Gérard Depardieu's son dies of pneumonia at 37". The Independent. London. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  2. ^ Smith, David James. "Guillaume Depardieu: total eclipse of the son". The Times. London. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  3. ^ Leprince, Benoît (16 October 2008). "GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU Le jeune homme et la mort" [GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU: The Young Man and Death]. Paris Match (in French). Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  4. ^ a b c Bergan, Ronald (14 October 2008). "Guillaume Depardieu". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
  5. ^ "The Childhood of Icarus, actor Guillaume Depardieu's final film, reaches Romanian cinemas". Business Review. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Guillaume Depardieu n'est plus". Archived 17 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Peoplestar.tv. Retrieved on 13 October 2008. (in French)[dead link]
  7. ^ C.J.; Aziz Zemouri (13 October 2008). "L'acteur Guillaume Depardieu est mort". Le Figaro (in French). Paris. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 4 February 2023.

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