Guillaume Depardieu

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Guillaume Depardieu
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Born Guillaume Jean Maxime Antoine Depardieu
(1971-04-07)7 April 1971
Paris, France
Died 13 October 2008(2008-10-13) (aged 37)
Garches, France
Cause of death Pneumonia
Occupation Film actor
Years active 1974–2008

Guillaume Depardieu (7 April 1971 – 13 October 2008) was a French actor, winner of a César Award, and the 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 1993, followed by Count of Monte Cristo in 1998, and Aime Ton Père (titled "A Loving Father" in English) 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 married actress Elise Ventre on 30 December 1999. They had a daughter, and separated in 2001. Guillaume was known to have had a strained relationship with his famous father, which he detailed in his 2004 autobiography Tout Donner (Giving Everything). The two were said to have reconciled 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 suffered a motorcycle accident due to a suitcase that fell off a vehicle in front of him which required him to have surgery on his knee. In the hospital he contracted a Staphylococcus aureus infection in the knee, which led to 17 operations and the eventual amputation of the leg in June 2003.[4]


Guillaume Depardieu died on 13 October 2008, at the Garches hospital, aged 37, after contracting severe viral pneumonia at a filming location, where he had been working on a new film, L'Enfance d'Icare.[5][6][7]



Year Film Role Notes
1974 Pas si méchant que ça
1992 Tous les matins du monde
1993 Cible émouvante (fr)
1995 Les apprentis
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 "Gérard Depardieu's son dies of pneumonia at 37", The Independent, 14 October 2008; retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Depardieu, Guillaume. "Guillaume Depardieu: total eclipse of the son". The Times. London. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Depardieu, Guillaume. "GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU Le jeune homme et la mort". Paris Match. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Guillaume, Depardieu (14 October 2008). "Guillaume Depardieu". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  5. ^ "GERARD DEPARDIEU – GUILLAUME DEPARDIEU DIED AT 38". Contact Music. Retrieved 13 October 2008. 
  6. ^ « Guillaume Depardieu n'est plus »,, Retrieved on 13 October 2008. (French)
  7. ^ "L'acteur Guillaume Depardieu est mort". Le Figaro (in French). 13 October 2008. 

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