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Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu, 2008
Born Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
27 December 1948 (1948-12-27) (age 61)
Châteauroux, Indre, France
Spouse(s) Élisabeth Guignot (1971-1996)
Carole Bouquet (1997–2005)
Domestic partner(s) Clémentine Igou (2005–present)

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (born 27 December 1948, About this sound pronunciation ) is a French actor and winemaker. He has won a number of honors including a nomination for an Academy Award for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac and the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Green Card.


Early life and career

Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France. He is one of six children of Anne Jeanne Josèphe "la Liette" (née Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel "le Dédé" Depardieu, a metal worker and volunteer fireman.[1][2] His mother did not want more children and told Depardieu that she had tried to abort him with knitting needles.[1][2] He stated that as a child he would inspect his hands for scars from the needles.[1][2] Depardieu spent more time in the street than in the classroom and left school at 13. At the age of 16, Depardieu left Châteauroux for Paris. There, 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. More recently, he has played Obélix in the three Astérix movies.[3]

In 1970 Depardieu married Élisabeth Guignot with whom he had two children, actor Guillaume (1971–2008) and actress Julie (1973). In 1992, while separated from Élisabeth, he had a daughter, Roxane, with the model Karine Sylla. In 1996 he divorced Élisabeth and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, to whom he was married from 1997 to 2005.[4] On 14 July 2006, he had a son, Jean, with French-Cambodian Hélène Bizot, according to the issue 3089 (31 July 2008) of Paris Match. Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with a Harvard-educated novelist, Clémentine Igou.

Depardieu with Carole Bouquet at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival

On 13 October 2008, his son Guillaume died at the age of 37 from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.

Depardieu is co-owner of a winery in Condrieu, in the Northern Rhone, with partner Alain Paret, where the duo make highly-respected wines using the viognier grape. Their Lys de Volan Condrieu frequently garners excellent reviews in the wine press. Depardieu became Paret's partner after tasting the wine in a restaurant. He then called Paret and offered to buy a share of the winemaking operation.[5]


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.

Selective filmography

Year Film Cesar nomination Cesar win Director
2010 Mammuth Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern
2009 Bellamy Claude Chabrol
In the Beginning Xavier Giannoli
2008 Public Enemy Number One 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 Jean Valjean
Zavist' bogov (Gods Envy) Vladimir Menshov
Tutto l'amore che c'è Sergio Rubini
Vatel Roland Joffé
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
1995 'Les Anges gardiens Jean-Marie Poiré
Élisa Jean Becker
1994 A Pure Formality Giuseppe Tornatore
My Father the Hero Steve Miner
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
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 Manon des Sources Claude Berri
Jean de Florette Claude Berri
Les Fugitives Francis Veber
Tenue de soirée Bertrand Blier
1985 Une Femme ou Deux Daniel Vigne
Police Best Actor Maurice Pialat
1984 Le tartuffe Himself
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
1981 La Chèvre Francis Veber
The Woman Next Door Francois Truffaut
1980 The Last Metro Best Actor Francois Truffaut
Loulou Maurice Pialat
Mon oncle d'Amérique Alain Resnais
1979 Traffic Jam Luigi Comencini
Buffet froid Bertrand Blier
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
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 Juan Luis Buñuel
Maîtresse Barbet Schroeder

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