French actor Gérard Depardieu

French actor Gérard Depardieu

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Gérard Depardieu, born December 27, 1948 in Châteauroux, is a French actor, singer, director, producer of cinema, television and theater. He is also a businessman, especially in the field of viticulture.

Revealed in 1974 with Patrick Dewaere by the film Les Valseuses, he has since been one of the most active actors and one of the main stars of French cinema.

He has toured with prestigious French filmmakers, including François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, André Téchiné and Alain Resnais, but also foreigners such as Bernardo Bertolucci, Marco Ferreri, Andrzej Wajda; and alternated between auteur films and popular entertainment, while also appearing in Hollywood films during the 1990s (Green Card by Peter Weir, 1492: Christopher Columbus by Ridley Scott, The Man in the Iron Mask by Randall Wallace). He was also the favorite actor of directors Maurice Pialat, Francis Veber, Alain Corneau and Bertrand Blier. Appeared in more than two hundred films, he is the second French actor with the most admissions in France, behind Louis de Funès. In 1981, his interpretation in The Last Metro allowed him to obtain his first César for best actor. He obtained one of his greatest successes in 1990 with Cyrano de Bergerac, which earned him his second César for best actor, the prize for male interpretation at the Cannes Film Festival and an Oscar nomination for best actor.

He has also directed or co-directed three films: Le Tartuffe in 1984, Un pont entre deux rives (with Frédéric Auburtin) in 1999 and the Quartier Latin segment in Paris je t’aime in 2006.

He is the father of actors Guillaume and Julie Depardieu.

Biography

Youth

Gérard Depardieu is the third child of René Depardieu (better known in his neighborhood under the nickname “Dédé” because he was said to know how to write only two letters) 1, sheet metal worker in bodywork, Compagnon du duty, and sapper – volunteer firefighter, a father whom he admires despite his violence2, and Alice Marillier known as “La Lilette”, a stay-at-home mother from Saint-Claude, where her grandparents own a small pipe factory3. Gérard grew up in misery in a two-room apartment at 39, rue du Maréchal-Joffre4 in Châteauroux, in a family of proletarians among five brothers and sisters. Gérard will also help his mother with the deliveries of his younger brothers and sisters5,6. He spends more time on the streets than at school, which he quits at the age of 13. Virtually illiterate and half-stuttering, he did not learn to read until later7. During a difficult adolescence, he “manages”, commits a few thefts and practices smuggling of all kinds (cigarettes, alcohol), among others with GIs from the important American air base of Châteauroux-Déols. He also acts as a bodyguard for prostitutes who come down from Paris on weekends, on GIs’ payday8,9. His family then nicknamed him “Pétard” or “Pétarou”, a “fine” allusion to the habit he had contracted of farting constantly, in any place.

With his primary school certificate in hand, he entered the printing press of the Center France11 press group at the age of 12 while participating in illegal boxing matches12,13. For the 1965-1966 season, he signed a junior license in the Berrichonne football club in Châteauroux, which is contradictory with leaving this city in 196414, after various small jobs, including that of beach attendant at La Garoupe on the Cap d’Antibes11 when he was only sixteen. In 1968, his worst childhood enemy Jacky Merveille, another kingpin castelroussin, died in a car accident, so he decided to take his fate in hand.

He is exempted from military service by a psychiatrist who diagnoses a “pathological hyperemotivity”, from which he has suffered since childhood.

Actor’s debut

In 1963, on the advice of Michel Pilorgé (son of a Berry doctor) 11, Gérard Depardieu moved with him to Paris where they took comedy lessons together at the National Popular Theater. His lack of culture made him devour with passion and greed all the great classical texts while following the therapy of Doctor Tomatis to correct his speech difficulties and his deficient memory17. He made his debut in front of the camera in 1965 in Roger Leenhardt’s short film The Beatnik and the Minet18, but his voice was doubled there because he always spoke badly19. He follows at the Édouard VII theater – at the same time as Claude Jade and Alain Doutey – the lessons of Jean-Laurent Cochet who takes him under his wing. At that time, he met Élisabeth Guignot, daughter of a polytechnician, whom he married on April 11, 1970 at the town hall of Bourg-la-Reine20. His wife then introduced him to the world of the bourgeoisie8; she introduces him to Agnès Varda and her husband Jacques Demy21 with whom he is a babysitter to earn money.

In 1970, Michel Audiard gave him a small role in Le Cri du cormoran in the evening above the junks. He also plays a small role in Jacques Deray’s film A Little Sun in Cold Water (1971). He plays in several plays in Paris, notably in two plays directed by Claude Régy; It was there that Marguerite Duras noticed him and offered him a role in 1972 in Nathalie Granger and another the following year in La Femme du Gange22. The same year, Pierre Tchernia offered him a small role as a gangster with some beautiful lines in Le Viager, alongside Michel Serrault.

It was in 1974 that Gérard Depardieu was fully revealed to the general public: his role as a “nice” thug on the run in Bertrand Blier’s Les Valseuses, alongside Patrick Dewaere and Miou-Miou, was a success coupled with a scandal. because of the raw dialogues and the spread sexuality of the characters. That same year, he received the Gérard-Philipe prize from the city of Paris.

In the 1970s, since Les Valseuses, the profession considers Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere as alter-egos24. Several directors and producers systematically think of one or the other during this period, as if they were interchangeable25. Bertrand Blier believes, however, that Dewaere is “follower” compared to Depardieu26. For example, the director Claude Sautet thinks of Depardieu when writing A Bad Son but entrusts the role to Dewaere, believing “that Gérard lacks something angelic and childish” 27. Conversely, Patrick Dewaere must initially play in place of Depardieu in Cold Buffet by Bertrand Blier because during this period, he obtained more success in the cinema than his friend and the producers tried to impose, without success26. From 1974 to 1979, Dewaere remained a priority ahead of Depardieu in the choice of French film producers because, according to journalist Marc Esposito, they found him “more sympathetic and more beautiful than Depardieu, considered too bizarre, too disturbing. In 1980, the situation was suddenly reversed, forever ”28. With humor, Depardieu declares in an interview: “With Dewaere, it’s good and it’s not expensive. With Depardieu, it’s more expensive and it’s not better ”29. Dewaere is also obsessed with this competition with Depardieu, whom he nicknamed “the fat one”.

In 1975, he freed himself from the narrow role of thug thanks to the success of Seven Deaths on Ordinance by Jacques Rouffio. Then comes the period of the great Italian directors: Bernardo Bertolucci engages him in his historical fresco 1900, where he shares the limelight with Robert De Niro, and Marco Ferreri directs him in Monkey Dream and The Last Woman, a provoking film in which his character emasculates with an electric knife. Depardieu impresses for his ease in changing universes and also for the range of his register. He turns in films as different as Le Camion (1977) by Marguerite Duras, Barocco (1977) by André Téchiné, La Femme gauchère (1978) by Peter Handke and Inspecteur la Bavure (1980) by Claude Zidi.

While remaining faithful to Bertrand Blier (Evening dress, Too beautiful for you), Depardieu broadens its repertoire with other big names in French auteur cinema, by refusing to lock itself into a specific genre or character:

  • Maurice Pialat made him shoot in four films, including the highly acclaimed Police, which won him an interpretation prize at the 1985 Venice Film Festival, and Sous le soleil de Satan, awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival;
  • Alain Resnais entrusts him with the role of one of the “guinea pigs” in Mon uncle d’Amérique and re-engages him in I Want to Go Home;
  • At the same time, François Truffaut offered him the roles of passionate lover: The Woman next door, alongside Fanny Ardant and previously The Last Metro with Catherine Deneuve, commercial success which earned him the César for best actor in 1981.

Francis Veber illustrates this at the same time in French-style buddy movie-type comedies by forming a winning tandem with Pierre Richard: La Chèvre in 1981, Les Compères in 1983 and Les Fugitifs in 1986.

In 1981, he was chosen by John Travolta to be his French voice in Blow Out, directed by Brian De Palma.

We also find him in films in costumes, where he plays several historical characters or from French literature:

  • Le Retour de Martin Guerre by Daniel Vigne (1982), which undoubtedly gave him a certain taste for this type of role;
  • Danton by Andrzej Wajda (1982), in which he takes on the title role of the famous Jacobin opposed to Robespierre;
  • Jean de Florette (1986) by Claude Berri, a director he finds in the period films Uranus (1990) and Germinal (1994);
  • Camille Claudel (1988) by Bruno Nuytten in the role of Rodin;
  • Cyrano de Bergerac (1990) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau where his thunderous and lively interpretation of the famous character in Edmond Rostand’s play earned him a new César, a Cannes palm and an Oscar nomination for best actor, as well as a criticism and a conquered public;
  • Tous les matins du monde (1991) by Alain Corneau, who had already directed him in the thriller The Choice of Arms and the epic fresco Fort Saganne and offered him here the role of Marin Marais alongside his son Guillaume Depardieu and Jean-Pierre Marielle in Jean de Sainte-Colombe;
  • 1492: Christopher Columbus by Ridley Scott (1992);
  • Yves Angelo’s Colonel Chabert (1994);
  • The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) in the role of Porthos;
  • Vatel (2000), by Roland Joffé, in the role of François Vatel, steward and butler of the Grand Condé;
  • Blanche (2002) in the role of D’Artagnan;
  • La Femme mousquetaire (2002) in the role of Mazarin.

He also tried his hand at directing with Le Tartuffe in 1984, adapted from Molière’s play; he repeated the experience three times, with Un pont entre deux rives in 1999 (alongside Frédéric Auburtin), a segment of Paris, je t’aime in 2006, and La Voix des Steppes in 2014 (alongside Yermek Shinarbayev ).

Aborted international success

At the start of the 1990s, after the success of Cyrano de Bergerac in particular, his notoriety spread and American cinema offered him leading roles, such as in Green Card by Peter Weir with Andie MacDowell (1990). His performance earned him, in January 1991, the Golden Globe for best comedy actor.

His American career was practically stopped dead with the scandal caused by the publication, in February 1991, of an interview (conducted in French) in the American magazine Time: according to the published version, Gérard Depardieu recounts having participated in a rape in Châteauroux then that he was nine years old; but according to Allociné, the reporter for Time uses the English word assisted, which means “to take part” or “to help”, instead of the word attended, which means “to attend”, “to observe”. While Time claims that he did agree to the question of whether he had participated in rapes, Gérard Depardieu denies it and only admits having observed it.

The question of the Time journalist at the origin of the controversial answer refers to an interview with Film Comment (en) from 1978 that went unnoticed, in which Gérard Depardieu spoke of his childhood spent in the street and revealed that he had participated in several rapes, adding that “there was nothing wrong with that”, that “the girls wanted to be raped” and that “there was never any real rape”, explaining: “This is only a girl who puts herself in the situation she wants to be in. Violence is not committed by those who take action, but by the victims, those who allow it to happen ”34. Time notes that “many American women were shocked by the actor’s jaded attitude towards the unsavory events of his past”, while “in France, where sex is treated more casually and personalities public are more protected by the press, the hubbub was considered another example of American modesty ”33. According to Le Soir, “it is as much Gérard Depardieu’s inglorious past as his lack of repentance, as they appear in the Time article, which shocked the American public” 34. The Minister of Culture Jack Lang castigates a “low blow against one of our great actors”; Jacques Attali, former adviser to President François Mitterrand, evokes “a despicable defamation with a high financial cost”.

This scandal deprives Gérard Depardieu of all chances of obtaining, in 1991, the Oscar for best actor for his role in Cyrano, a distinction for which he was the favorite according to Allociné – after having already received the Prix de interpretation mal du Festival de Cannes and the César for best actor -, and which goes to Jeremy Irons for his role in Le Mystère von Bülow, directed by the French Barbet Schröder31. He does not attend the ceremony, being in the middle of filming in Mauritius33. For its part, Time affirms that “in fact, Depardieu has always had little chance of winning the Oscar”, stressing that no one has ever won the prize for best actor for a non-English role33.

Gérard Depardieu however still obtains two roles in Hollywood films during the years 1990: the title role of 1492: Christophe Colomb (1992) and that of Porthos in The Man in the Iron Mask (1998).

Pursuit in the foreground in French cinema

In 1993, he toured under the direction of Jean-Luc Godard in Hélas pour moi. He also multiplies public successes in popular films, for example by playing an outdated father in My Father, this hero by Gérard Lauzier, a cabaret owner caught in a mafia gear in Les Anges gardiens by Jean-Marie Poiré, the comic book hero Obelix in Asterix and Obelix against Caesar by Claude Zidi and Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra by Alain Chabat or a naïve and ingenuous antihero in Le Placard et Tais-toi! by Francis Veber. He also participates in ambitious telefilms directed by Josée Dayan such as Le Comte de Monte-Cristo, Balzac and Les Misérables in which he plays Jean Valjean.

His role as disillusioned and tired rogue commissioner in 36 quai des Orfèvres (2004) by Olivier Marchal was hailed by critics. An essential star of French cinema, he was also asked to form a tandem with his accomplices and friends Isabelle Adjani (Bon voyage by Rappeneau) and Catherine Deneuve (Les Temps qui change by Téchiné).

In 2004, he was the subject of controversy when it was announced that he was playing in the theater with an earpiece, which was believed to be due to his motorcycle accidents.

In 2005, Depardieu took on a role immortalized by Michel Simon in Boudu sauvé des eaux in a remake directed by Gérard Jugnot: Boudu.

In 2006, he received a very favorable reception from critics and the public for his interpretation of a popular Auvergne ballroom singer in Xavier Giannoli’s When I was singer, where he manifests an unexpected sobriety and nuance of playing.

In 2008, he became Obelix again for the third time in Asterix at the Olympic Games, then appeared in Disco by Fabien Onteniente, Babylon A.D by Mathieu Kassovitz and L’Instinct de Mort by Jean-François Richet. In 2009, he takes the first role of Bellamy, directed by Claude Chabrol, accepts a friendly participation in Coco de and with Gad Elmaleh and finds Xavier Giannoli in Originally. The following year, he shared the top bill with Benoît Poelvoorde of L’Autre Dumas.

In 2010, he played in La Tête en friche by Jean Becker and once again surprised critics and audiences by playing a retired worker, having to reconstruct his career in the very offbeat Mammuth, directed by the Grolandais duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern. He then appears, alongside Catherine Deneuve and Fabrice Luchini, in Potiche by François Ozon where he plays a Communist deputy-mayor of the 1970s, as impetuous as he is romantic. He also plays a man with Alzheimer’s disease in Bruno Chiche’s thriller I haven’t forgotten anything. In 2012, he took on the role of Obelix for the fourth time in Asterix and Obelix: In the service of His Majesty.

In Abel Ferrara’s film Welcome to New York, he plays Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former Managing Director of the IMF37, accused of rape in the New York Sofitel affair. Gérard Depardieu declares: “Because I don’t like him, so I’m going to do it. […] He is not friendly, I think he is a bit like all French people, a bit arrogant. I don’t really like the French, moreover, especially like him. […] He is arrogant, he is sufficient, he is…, he is playable. “38.39.

In April 2017, the Italian channel Rai 1 invited the actor to perform on the show Ballando con le stelle40,41,42. The actress Clotilde Courau and the actor Christophe Lambert had been invited in the past.

Commitments

Religious beliefs

In 1967, attending one of his concerts, he was moved by the voice of the Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum44. He then decided to convert to Islam and regularly attended the Grand Mosque of Paris for two years.

Gérard Depardieu has a great admiration for Saint Augustine, from whom he recited texts in churches. He met John Paul II during the jubilee of the year 200047, when the Bishop of Hippo was mentioned. Cardinal Poupard suggested that he make a film about this man. On February 11, 2003, he gave a public reading of the Confessions of Saint Augustine at the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris48, on May 25, 2003 at the Protestant temple of the Oratory of the Louvre49 then on November 23, 2005 at the Notre-Dame basilica in Montreal .

In September 2020, he converted to Orthodox Christianity and was baptized an Orthodox Christian in a ceremony at Saint-Alexandre-Nevsky Cathedral, Paris.

Political commitments

François Mitterrand

Support of the left during long years 50, Gérard Depardieu engages in the “Individual, irritating and independent movement for the re-election of François Mitterrand” in December 1987. The actor is on the cover of the daily newspaper Le Matin de Paris in 1988, calling the outgoing president to represent himself with the call in title, “Mitterrand or never”. Reelected, President Mitterrand then awarded him the Legion of Honor.

French Communist Party

In 1993, he publicly supported the French Communist Party for the first time51, then in 2002, he participated financially in the subscription to refinance the PCF. Among his other commitments, he is committed to the candidate of the Greens, Jacques Boutault, in the municipal elections of 2008 in Paris. In 2010, Gérard Depardieu supported the president of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, Georges Frêche – then struck off from the Socialist Party – when it was attacked. The actor also went to his funeral and publicly paid tribute to him in October 2010.

Christmas Mom

In 2002, he criticized Noël Mamère, environmental deputy mayor of Bègles, who refused to attend a Girondin rugby match because of the presence of businessman Rafik Khalifa, whom he accuses of having made a fortune. thanks to the Algerian generals and to be corrupt. Long-time friend of Khalifa, Depardieu calls Mamère “racism” and “fascism”, adding that “he may have shit in his velvet pants” and that “he should be kicked out of his party because The Greens are smarter than him ”.

Nicolas sarkozy

During the 2007 presidential campaign, Depardieu publicly supported Nicolas Sarkozy, declaring in an interview with Paris Match that he “is the only capable politician, who does the job and really works” 56, adding that all others are “ridiculous”. “Today, what young people want is to work,” he said.

He criticizes the unions during their opposition to the pension reform in 2010 put in place by Nicolas Sarkozy and Eric Woerth. In an interview published by Le Journal du dimanche on April 19, 2010, he said: “I am not interested in politics. It’s just a barnyard with chickens and roosters shitting on each other “.

In the 2012 presidential election, he supported the candidacy of Nicolas Sarkozy. The actor indeed attends the Villepinte meeting in March of the same year. Invited to speak, he declares: “Since this new friend who is Nicolas Sarkozy has been in power, I have only heard bad things when he only does good58!” He also signed a platform to denounce the denial of democracy of which Nicolas Sarkozy59 would be a victim.

Cuba

He calls himself the friend of Fidel Castro, whom he met in 199260. He declared in 2010: “Fidel Castro is fifty years of political intelligence” 61. In 1996, he invested in an oil company in Cuba, on the advice of a mutual friend, Gérard Bourgoin.

Chechnya

In October 2012, he went to the birthday party of Ramzan Kadyrov, President of Chechnya, who allegedly committed numerous human rights violations63,64, and to which, for the occasion, he publicly brought its support64. Two months later, he recorded a musical duet with Gulnara Karimova65, eldest daughter of Islom Karimov, President of Uzbekistan, also accused by the West of abusing human rights in his country. In February 2013, Ramzan Kadyrov gives the actor a five-room apartment in a newly built skyscraper in Grozny.

Belgium

At the end of 2012, he acquired a property in Néchin in Belgium, and a controversy broke out about his tax exile69. The French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who defends the fiscal policy of his government, declares that the actor’s departure for Belgium is “rather shabby” 70,71. A few days later, Gérard Depardieu announced in an open letter to the Prime Minister that he was renouncing the benefit of his French passport and his social security in France72. A controversy ensued in which famous actors (like Gérard Lanvin) took part, most often to defend Gérard Depardieu73 against the attacks he suffered [ref. to be confirmed].

Russia

On January 3, 2013, Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, granted him Russian citizenship by ukase, officially obtained thanks to his role as Rasputin in a TV movie by Josée Dayan, and after he requested it by letter , in which he declares that he loves Putin and adores “Russia, its men, its history, its writers” 75,76,77,78. Three days later, the President of Mordovia, Vladimir Volkov, offered him an apartment, or a place to build a house in the middle of a forest and near a river, and even offered him the post of Minister of Culture, then vacant, within this Russian republic79. At the beginning of January 2013, the actor made a short stay in Sochi (city designated to host the 2014 Winter Olympics) 80, where he met Vladimir Poutine who gave him his new Russian passport81, then to Saransk, where he celebrated the Orthodox Christmas by being “welcomed like a hero”, according to a journalist from Rossiya 24. He accepts to be Mordovia’s ambassador to FIFA within the framework of the organization of the 2018 World Cup by Russia82,83. “Gérard Depardieu’s popularity there is real and immense,” said at the same time Joël Chapron, general coordinator of the festival Le cinema français today in Russia, organized by Unifrance Films International every year since 2000.

On February 23, 2013, Day of the Defender of the Fatherland85, Gérard Depardieu receives from the hands of the President of Mordovia, Vladimir Volkov, the propiska who officially establishes his domicile, located at rue de la Démocratie86, and allows him to work, to have access social services of the republic, and to be a taxpayer.

Uzbekistan

In November 2019, he was appointed Tourism Ambassador for Uzbekistan in France.

Private life

Actor family

On April 11, 1970, Gérard Depardieu married actress Élisabeth Guignot, with whom he had two children, Guillaume (1971-2008) and Julie born in 1973, who both became actors. Separated in 1992, they divorced in 2006 after fourteen years of proceedings. On January 28, 1992, he had a daughter, Roxane, with Karine Silla. From 1996 to 2005, he maintained a relationship with the actress Carole Bouquet. From 2001 to 2006, he also had a relationship with Hélène Bizot, daughter of the anthropologist François Bizot, with whom he had, on July 14, 2006, a son named Jean in tribute to his friend Jean Carmet (died in 1994).

Since 2005, Gérard Depardieu has lived with Clémentine Igou, a former Harvard literature student, responsible for the marketing of a wine estate in Tuscany.

Health

On May 18, 1998, he had a motorcycle accident with 2.5 g / l of alcohol in his blood91 on the road leading him to the filming of Asterix and Obelix against César, by Claude Zidi. Forty days of work stoppage are prescribed.

In 2000, he underwent five-fold coronary bypass surgery.

In 201294, he was struck by a car while riding a scooter in Paris95. The same year, while intoxicated with 1.8 g / l of alcohol in his blood, he had another scooter accident, without injury and without a collision with a third party96. Since the 2000s, the actor has suffered at least seven accidents on a motorcycle or scooter.

In his open letter to Jean-Marc Ayrault published in Le Journal du dimanche on December 15, 2012, which he wrote about his tax exile, Gérard Depardieu unabashedly evokes his health problems:

“I do not throw stones at all those who have cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes or too much alcohol or those who fall asleep on their scooter, I am one of them, as your dear media love so much to repeat it. ”

– Letter to Jean-Marc Ayrault published in Le Journal du dimanche on December 15, 2012

Other activities, income, heritage

In 1983, he created the company DD Productions. The latest published turnover for this is for 2013, which is € 77,000, with a loss of € 75,000.

In 1988, he was the third highest paid French actor, with fees estimated between two and five million francs per film99. Its American fees in the 1990s would have been colossal, with apparently 15 million for 1492: Christopher Columbus and 17 million francs for Bogus.

He owns vineyards in the AOC wine appellation area of ​​Coteaux-du-layon at the Château de Tigné in Anjou since 1989, on the island of Pantelleria in Italy, in Morocco and 150 hectares in Tlemcen in Algeria with the Algerian billionaire Rafik Khalifa, his friend. In 2001, Depardieu joined forces with businessman Bernard Magrez to create the company “La Clé du Terroir” and acquire and promote new wine estates. It has also invested in major restaurants (Paris, Canada and Romania), as well as in a hotel, a brasserie, a cellar-restaurant and a fishmonger, all located on rue du Recherches-Midi in Paris100. He is also a producer through the production company DD Productions101 created in 1983 with directors who are all members of his family102,91. In 1999, he invested several million francs in oil exploration in Cuba62.

In 2005, he created the Un Réalisateur dans la Ville festival in Nîmes, sponsored by Carole Bouquet and Jean-Claude Carrière. Each summer, this film festival honors a director invited to come and screen five of his films.

According to the annual ranking established by Le Figaro in 2003, Gérard Depardieu’s compensation for 2002 is 2.04 million euros (excluding television and theater). Depardieu is the highest paid French actor in 2005 with 3.2 million euros in estimated earnings, or about 800,000 euros for each of his films released in 2005. In 2004, in this same ranking, he was third with almost equivalent gains (3.35 million). In 2008, he was still the highest paid actor in French cinema with 3.54 million euros.

Part of the actor’s income comes from advertising. In the 1990s, he received 7 million francs for a promotional campaign for Barilla103 sauces under the camera of David Lynch. He did another advertisement for Senoble104. Since then, the actor has been promoting for other companies such as Crédit Agricole, the Cystos watch brand and Armavia.

In 1994, he bought the Hôtel de Chambon in the rue du Cherche-Midi (6th arrondissement of Paris), which he had completely renovated and fitted out by the architect Guillaume Found105. Several artists and decorators contribute to this project, including Bernard Quentin and Jacques Garcia. Gérard Depardieu moved there in 2003106, then put it on sale in 2012 for an amount of 50 million euros.

At the same time, in the early 2000s, he planned to buy out with Carole Bouquet the luxury hotel Le Cheval Blanc located opposite the arenas of Nîmes, closed for a few years after being entrusted to Régine in the 1990s.

In 2011, he would have sold in Trouville at the end of the summer his villa in red cedar surrounded by fruit trees and hundred-year-old pines, this Norman residence being occupied mainly by his ex-wife, to immediately build another one, always on the heights of the city. This new villa of 242 m2 on the ground (750 m2 on three levels) is surrounded by a huge land111,112.

In December 2012, according to the American economic daily The Wall Street Journal, its assets were valued at 120 million dollars113. In the 2012 Figaro ranking, it appears as the second highest paid French actor with 2.3 million euros in revenue114.

At the end of 2012 and during 2013 he invested in gastronomic establishments in Belgium, not far from the French border, in Tournai and Néchin. He also became the owner of a real estate agency, which he intends to expand by opening franchises in Belgium and France.

He maintains friendships with many business leaders116, including Belgian entrepreneur Pierre Louvrier117.

He founded a company in Russia with the status of auto-entrepreneur118, and in addition to cinema, he also claims to have activities in commerce, restaurants, real estate and tourism.

In August 2018, Gérard Depardieu was accused of rape and sexual harassment by an actress who reports that the latter abused her a few weeks earlier. The investigation was finally closed nine months later120. In June 2019, the complainant lodged a complaint with the constitution of a civil party, which generally leads to the opening of a judicial investigation, which is done in July 2020, with the appointment of an investigating judge121. He was indicted on December 16, 2020.

Summary of his career

Filmography

Gérard Depardieu is one of the French actors who attracted the largest number of spectators in cinemas. He is also the second in his profession to have accumulated the most entries in a career (behind Louis de Funès). Very prolific, having responded to several hundred actors and directed by more than one hundred and fifty directors, including big names in cinema: Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Maurice Pialat, Alain Resnais, Claude Chabrol, Ridley Scott or again Bernardo Bertolucci. Gérard Depardieu’s filmography is also impressive for its eclecticism, mixing all genres from comedy to drama, including historical films or the adaptation of a literary work, Depardieu thus played the roles of bandit, police commissioner , teacher, worker, entrepreneur, politician, Danton, Stalin, Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Rodin, Cyrano de Bergerac, Jean Valjean, Edmond Dantès, of Christopher Columbus or even Obelix. He has thus become in forty years, one of the most important actor in the history of French cinema, with more than 200 films to his credit.

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