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Gérard Depardieu



Despite his unorthodox visage, Gérard Depardieu has made a profound mark on the acting world, earning a recognition as one of Europe's most accomplished performers and appealing leading men. Perhaps a contributor to his consistently intense performances, Depardieu's childhood was one of extreme poverty. At twelve years old, he dropped out of school and hitchhiked across Europe on an informal tour funded primarily by the profits of stolen cars and assorted black-market products. Depardieu would likely have continued in his juvenile delinquency were it not for a friend who was attending drama school in Paris. Intrigued, Depardieu enrolled at the Theatre National Populaire, where he studied his trade alongside future co-stars Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou. In 1965, the young actor made his debut in a French short film by the name of Le Beatnik et le Minet, and began making regular appearances on French television shows.



By the mid-'70s, Depardieu had co-starred in 11 French films, though he wouldn't enjoy widespread success until his role of a nihilistic but lovable petty criminal in director Bertrand Blier's Going Places (1974). Not long afterward, Depardieu could be found holding his own against acclaimed French actress Isabelle Adjani in Barocco and portraying a passionate Communist organizer in 1900 (both 1976). In 1978, Depardieu re-teamed with Blier for the Oscar-winning Get Out Your Handkerchiefs, and he went on to win France's prestigious César award for his performance as a resistance fighter in The Last Metro (1980). After his portrayal of a 16th century peasant in The Return of Martin Guerre (1982), Depardieu played the title role in Danton, and he stepped behind the camera as co-director for 1984's Le Tartuffe.



The 1990s were equally successful for Depardieu, particularly in the case of director Jean-Paul Rappeneau's 1990 version of Cyrano de Bergerac, for which Depardieu earned an Oscar nomination. He made his foray into American film in 1990's Green Card opposite Andie MacDowell . Though the bulk of his success still stemmed from French films (All the Mornings of the World [1991], Germinal [1993], A Pure Formality [1994], and Colonel Chabert [1994], to name a few) Depardieu nonetheless achieved moderate recognition in the American film market. Despite the failures of Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) and Steve Miner's English remake of My Father the Hero, Depardieu was praised for his performances in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), Nick Cassavetes' She's So Lovely (1997), and Randall Wallace's The Man in the Iron Mask (1998), with Gabriel Byrne, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, and Leonardo DiCaprio.



Over the following years, Depardieu maintained his prowess in film. In addition to critically acclaimed performances in The Closet (2001), CQ (2001), City of Ghosts (2002), and Nathalie... (2003), Depardieu began work with internationally recognized French director Alain Chabat for RRRrrr! in 2004. Additional appearances throughout 2005 and 2006 included the title role in Boudu (2005), Alain in Quand j'étais chanteur (2006), and Chef Didier in Last Holiday. Depardieu made his directorial debut with 2000's The Bridge.



Depardieu has become somewhat notorious for his stormy offscreen life. He made a concerted effort to cut back on his alcohol consumption following a heart attack and an emergency quintuple bypass operation, in 2000. In 2003, he officially cut off contact with his son, Guillaume Depardieu when the young man threatened him with a gun and received a suspended prison sentence. On another note, the elder Depardieu was involved in both a plane collision and two motorcycle accidents as well (in 1998 and 2003), and officials attributed at least one of the incidents to abnormally high alcohol levels in the actor's bloodstream. In 2005, Depardieu allegedly scandalized European viewers when he crassly (and drunkenly) insulted a fellow guest on a Fren

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saint Amour
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Tour de France
  • Actor
2016
0% United Passions
  • Jules Rimet
2015
76% Welcome To New York
  • Devereaux
2015
40% A Farewell to Fools
  • Ipu
2014
No Score Yet La voix des steppes
  • Director
2014
0% Viktor
  • Victor Lambert
2014
No Score Yet A Loving Father
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Cadences obstinées
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Le plus beau métier du monde (The Best Job in the World)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet René la canne (Rene the Cane)
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Niente può fermarci
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Les Invincibles
  • Jacky
2013
No Score Yet Turf
  • Monsieur Paul
2013
No Score Yet La marque des anges - Miserere
  • Lionel Kasdan
2013
87% Life of Pi
  • Cook
2012
No Score Yet Astérix and Obélix: God Save Britannia
  • Obélix
2012
No Score Yet The Man Who Laughs (L'homme qui rit)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Small World (Je n'ai rien oublié)
  • Konrad Lang
2012
63% Mammuth
  • Mammuth
2011
84% La tête en friche (My Afternoons with Margueritte)
  • Germain
2011
83% Potiche
  • Babin
2011
No Score Yet L'abolition
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Parcours De Dissidents
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Glenn, the Flying Robot
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Raspoutine
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Le Sucre
  • Actor
2011
89% Inspector Bellamy
  • Paul Bellamy
2010
82% Mesrine: Public Enemy #1
  • Guido
2010
81% Mesrine: Killer Instinct (L'instinct de mort)
  • Guido
2010
No Score Yet In the Beginning (A l'origine)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Job
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Diamant 13
  • Mat
2009
No Score Yet Alain Resnais: Decade Of Film
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet L'autre Dumas
  • Alexandre Dumas
2009
No Score Yet Les Enfants de Timpelbach (Trouble at Timpetill)
  • The General
2008
No Score Yet Bouquet final
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Death Instinct (L' Instinct de Mort)
  • Actor
2008
6% Babylon A.D.
  • Gorsky
2008
No Score Yet Disco
  • Jean-François Civette
2008
No Score Yet Asterix at the Olympic Games (Asterix aux jeux olympiques)
  • Obélix
2008
No Score Yet Final Arrangements
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet In the Beginning
  • Abel
2008
55% Combien tu m'aimes? (How Much Do You Love Me?)
  • Charly
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Cafe Owner
  • Director
2007
No Score Yet Michou d'Auber
  • Actor
2007
74% La Vie en Rose (La Mome)
  • Louis Leplée
2007
No Score Yet Oh, Woe Is Me
  • Actor
2007
94% The Singer (Quand j'etais chanteur)
  • Alain Moreau
2006
55% Last Holiday
  • Chef Didier
2006
No Score Yet Shut Up! (Tais Toi)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq
  • Actor
2006
100% 36 quai des orfevres
  • Denis Klein
2005
No Score Yet Boudu
  • Boudu
2005
No Score Yet Je préfère qu'on reste amis
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Let's Be Friends
  • Serge
2005
No Score Yet Nouvelle-France
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet San-Antonio
  • Actor
2004
63% Les temps qui changent
  • Antoine Lavau
2004
No Score Yet New France (Nouvelle-france)
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Tais-Toi
  • Quentin
2004
76% Bon Voyage
  • Jean-Etienne Beaufort
2004
No Score Yet RRRrrrr!!!
  • Actor
2004
17% Battle of the Brave
  • Father Blondeau
2004
No Score Yet Les Clefs de bagnole (The Car Keys)
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet La Femme Musketeer
  • Actor
2003
47% City of Ghosts
  • Emile
2003
No Score Yet Le Pacte du silence
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet The Pact of Silence
  • Joachim
2003
73% Nathalie
  • Bernard
2003
71% Alas for Me (Helas pour moi)
  • Simon Donnadieu
2003
43% Crime Spree
  • Daniel
2003
No Score Yet Blanche
  • D'Artagnan
2002
25% Between Strangers
  • Max
2002
67% CQ
  • Andrzej
2002
No Score Yet I Am Dina
  • Jacob
2002
86% Astérix & Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre (Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra)
  • Obelix
2002
No Score Yet Napoleon
  • Fouche
  • Producer
2002
No Score Yet Vidocq (Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq)
  • Vidocq
2001
86% The Closet (Le Placard)
  • Felix Santini
2001
No Score Yet Concorrenza sleale (Unfair Competition)
  • Angelo
2001
No Score Yet Les Miserables
  • Actor
  • Producer
2001
31% Vatel
  • Francois Vatel
2000
31% 102 Dalmatians
  • Jean-Pierre Le Pelt
2000
73% The Bridge
  • Georges
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Les Acteurs (Actors )
  • Himself
2000
No Score Yet Tutto l'amore che c'è (All the Love There Is)
  • Molotov
2000
No Score Yet Balzac: A Life of Passion
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Astérix et Obélix contre César (Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar)
  • Obélix
1999
No Score Yet Balzac: A Passionate Life
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Bimboland
  • Laurent Gaspard
1998
33% The Man in the Iron Mask
  • Porthos
1998
No Score Yet La parola amore esiste (Notes of Love)
  • Levi
1998
66% She's So Lovely
  • Executive Producer
1997
95% Hamlet
  • Reynaldo
1996
50% Joseph Conrad's 'The Secret Agent'
  • Ossipon
1996
82% Unhook the Stars
  • Big Tommy
1996
40% Bogus
  • Bogus
1996
65% The Horseman on the Roof
  • Magistrate
1996
No Score Yet Machine
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Les anges gardiens (Guardian Angels)
  • Antoine Carco
1995
No Score Yet Elisa
  • Jacques Desmoulins
1995
No Score Yet Le Garcu
  • Gerard
1995
No Score Yet Anges Gardiens
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights
  • Actor for a Day
1995
83% Colonel Chabert
  • Chabert
1994
No Score Yet François Truffaut: Portraits volés (François Truffaut: Stolen Portraits)
  • Actor
1994
80% A Pure Formality
  • Onoff
1994
14% My Father, the Hero
  • Andre
1994
90% Germinal
  • Toussaint Maheu
1994
39% 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • Christopher Columbus
1992
89% All the Mornings of the World (Tous Les Matins du Monde)
  • Marin Marais
1991
No Score Yet Mon père, ce héros
  • Andre
1991
89% Uranus
  • Leopold
1991
No Score Yet Hello Goodbye
  • Actor
1991
56% Green Card
  • Georges
1990
100% Cyrano De Bergerac
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
1990
No Score Yet Too Beautiful for You (Trop belle pour toi)
  • Bernard Barthelemy
1989
No Score Yet I Want to Go Home
  • Christian Gauthier
1989
100% Camille Claudel
  • Auguste Rodin
1988
No Score Yet Strange Place For An Encounter
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Je hais les acteurs (I Hate Actors)
  • Un détenu au commissariat (uncredited)
1988
80% Manon of the Spring (Manon des Sources)
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet One Woman or Two
  • Julien Chayssac
1987
No Score Yet Under the Sun of Satan (Sous le soleil de Satan) (Under Satan's Sun)
  • Donissan
1987
No Score Yet Les Fugitifs
  • Jean Lucas
1986
80% Ménage (Tenue de Soirée)
  • Bob
1986
100% Jean De Florette
  • Jean Cadoret
1986
No Score Yet Police
  • Louis Vincent Mangin
1985
No Score Yet Le Tartuffe
  • Director
  • Tartuffe
1984
No Score Yet Fort Saganne
  • Charles Saganne
1984
100% The Return of Martin Guerre (Le Retour de Martin Guerre)
  • Arnaud de Tihl
1983
No Score Yet Le Choix des armes (Choice of Arms)
  • Mickey
1983
89% Danton
  • Danton
1983
No Score Yet Les Compères
  • Jean Lucas
1983
No Score Yet The Moon in the Gutter
  • Gérard Delmas
1983
50% La Chèvre (The Goat) (Knock on Wood)
  • Campana
1981
89% The Last Metro (Le Dernier Métro)
  • Bernard Granger
1981
90% The Woman Next Door (La femme d'à côté)
  • Bernard Coudray
1981
No Score Yet Holes
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Je vous aime (I Love You All)
  • Patrick
1980
100% Mon Oncle d'Amérique
  • Rene Ragueneau
1980
No Score Yet Inspecteur la Bavure (Inspector Blunder)
  • Roger Morzini
1980
100% Loulou
  • Loulou
1980
No Score Yet Buffet froid (Cold Cuts)
  • Alphonse Tram
1980
No Score Yet Les Chiens
  • Morel
1979
No Score Yet Traffic Jam (L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile)
  • Actor
1979
90% Get Out Your Handkerchiefs (Préparez vos Mouchoirs)
  • Raoul
1978
No Score Yet Ciao Maschio (Bye Bye Monkey)
  • Gerard Lafayette
1978
No Score Yet Bertolucci secondo il cinema (The Cinema According to Bertolucci)
  • Actor
1977
47% 1900 (Novecento)
  • Olmo Dalco
1977
No Score Yet Baxter, Vera Baxter
  • Cayre
1977
No Score Yet This Sweet Sickness
  • David
1977
No Score Yet Le Camion
  • Man
1977
No Score Yet Barocco
  • Samson/Samson's Killer
1976
No Score Yet Je t'aime moi non plus (I Love You, I Don't)
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet La dernière femme (The Last Woman)
  • Gerard
1976
No Score Yet Maîtresse (Mistress)
  • Olivier
1976
86% Going Places (Les valseuses)
  • Jean-Claude
1974
86% Stavisky...
  • The Young Inventor
1974
No Score Yet The Holes
  • Postman
1974
No Score Yet Alain Delon: Two Men in Town
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Deux Hommes dans la Ville (Two Against the Law) (Two Men in Town)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet L'An 01 (The Year 01)
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Vincent, Francois, Paul and the Others
  • Jean Lavallee
1973
No Score Yet La Scoumoune (Hit Man)(Mafia Warfare)(The Pariah)
  • Robber
1972
No Score Yet Nathalie
  • Salesman
1972
No Score Yet A Few Hours Of Sunlight
  • Pierre
1971
No Score Yet Peu de Soleil Dans L'eau Froide
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Nausicaa
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet Pas si méchant que ça (The Wonderful Crook)
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
40% Marseille
2016
  • Robert Taro
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Appearing

Quotes from Gérard Depardieu's Characters