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'''Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu''' (born 1948) is one of the most prominent French actors since his StarMakingRole in ''Film/LesValseuses'' in 1974. As of 2013, he has starred in more than 170 films since 1967. The go-to guy for many leading roles in {{Period Piece}}s (either {{Historical Domain Character}}s or great novel characters), as well as {{Foil}}, LargeHam, BigFun, BigEater[[note]]he is quite a big Gourmet in real life too[[/note]], BoisterousBruiser, GentleGiant and TheBigGuy roles in French cinema, he also won many acclaims for his dramatic roles such as ''The Last Metro'' or ''Cyrano de Bergerac''. The comedies he stars in are [[CriticalDissonance generally successful but panned by critics]], particularly since the mid-nineties.

His roles in TV movies include [[BestServedCold Edmond Dantès]] in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' (1998), Jean Valjean in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' (2000), Joseph Fouché in ''[[NapoleonBonaparte Napoléon]]'' (2002, the most expensive European miniseries ever) and the Mad Monk himself in ''[[RasputinTheMadMonk Rasputin]]'' (2011). He recently caused a scandal in France when he left the country and took Russian citizenship (thanks to his friendship with UsefulNotes/VladimirPutin) because of the massive increase of taxes since the 2012 election. He also caused another scandal when he got on a plane, very drunk, and pissed on a flight attendant.

[[FollowInMyFootsteps Two out of his four children became actors]], namely Julie (born in 1973), and Guillaume (1971-2008). Guillaume died of pneumonia after a tumultuous life.


! Partial filmography:

* ''Film/LesValseuses'' (1974) as Jean-Claude
* ''Buffet froid'' (1979) as Alphonse Tram
* ''The Last Metro'' (1980) as [[LaResistance Bernard Granger]]
* ''La Chèvre'' (''Knock on Wood'', 1981) as Campana
* ''Danton'' (1983) as [[TheFrenchRevolution Georges Jacques Danton]]
* ''Film/GreenCard'' (1990) as Georges Fauré
* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' (1990) as Cyrano
* ''Mon père, ce héros'' (1991) as André Arnel
** ''[[ForeignRemake My Father the Hero]]'' (1994) as André
* ''1492: Conquest of Paradise'' (1992) as ChristopherColumbus
* ''Literature/{{Germinal}}'' (1993) as Toussaint Maheu
* ''Colonel Chabert'' (1994) as [[NapoleonicWars Hyacinthe Chabert]]
* ''Guardian Angels'' (1995) as [[TalkingToHimself Antoine Carco and his guardian angel]]
* ''Bogus'' (1996) as [[ImaginaryFriend Bogus]]
* ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' (1998) as [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]]
* ''[[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians 102 Dalmatians]]'' (2000) as Jean-Pierre Le Pelt
* ''Film/{{Vidocq}}'' (2001) as [[PrivateDetective Eugène-François Vidocq]]
* ''The Closet'' (2001) as [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday Félix Santini]]
* The ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' live-action film series as [[BigFun Obélix]]
** ''Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar'' (1999)
** ''Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra'' (2002)
** ''Asterix at the Olympic Games'' (2007)
** ''Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia'' (2012)
* ''Tais-toi!'' (''Shut up!'', 2003) as [[TheDitz Quentin]]
* ''[=RRRrrrr!!!=]'' (2004) as [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption the Chief of the Dirty Hair tribe]]
* ''36 Quai des Orfèvres'' (''Department 36'', 2004) as [[DirtyCop Denis Klein]]
* ''Film/LaVieEnRose'' (2007) as Louis Leplée (Edith Piaf's first manager)
* ''Mesrine: Killer Instinct'' (2008) as [[TheMafia Guido]]
* ''LifeOfPi'' (2012) as the Cook

! His French dubbing works include:

* ''Film/BlowOut'' (1981), the voice of John Travolta
* ''Theatre/HenryV'' (1989), the voice of Kenneth Branagh
* ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'' (2000), the voice of Rocky

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