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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 2016, he has starred in around 180 films since 1967. The go-to guy for many leading roles in {{Period Piece}}s (either {{Historical Domain Character}}s or great historical 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 ''Film/CyranoDeBergerac''. The comedies he stars in are [[CriticProof generally successful but panned by critics]], particularly since the mid-nineties.

His most famous roles in TV miniseries include [[BestServedCold Edmond Dantès]] in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' (1998), Jean Valjean in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' (2000), Joseph Fouché in ''[[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoléon]]'' (2002) and the [[RasputinTheMadMonk Mad Monk]] himself in ''Rasputin'' (2011).

[[FollowInMyFootsteps Two out of his four children became actors]], namely Julie (born in 1973), and Guillaume (1971-2008). Sadly, Guillaume died of pneumonia while filming in Romania.


! Partial filmography:

* ''Film/LesValseuses'' (1974) as Jean-Claude
* ''Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres'' (1974) as Jean
* ''Film/{{Novecento}}'' (1976) as Olmo.
* ''Buffet froid'' (1979) as Alphonse Tram
* ''The Last Metro'' (1980) as [[LaResistance Bernard Granger]]
* ''La Chèvre'' [[note]]''Knock on Wood''[[/note]] (1981) as [[BoisterousBruiser Campana]] ("[[VitriolicBestBuds Perrin!]]")
** ''Les Compères'' (1983) as Lucas ("[[TrueCompanions Pignon!]]")
** ''Les fugitifs'' (1986) as Lucas
* ''Danton'' (1983) as [[UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution Georges Jacques Danton]]
* ''Film/GreenCard'' (1990) as Georges Fauré
* ''Film/CyranoDeBergerac'' (1990) as Cyrano
* ''Mon père, ce héros'' (1991) as André Arnel
** ''[[ForeignRemake My Father the Hero]]'' (1994) as André
* ''Film/FourteenNinetyTwoConquestOfParadise'' (1992) as ChristopherColumbus
* ''Literature/{{Germinal}}'' (1993) as Toussaint Maheu
* ''Colonel Chabert'' (1994) as [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Hyacinthe Chabert]]
* ''Guardian Angels'' (1995) as [[ActingForTwo Antoine Carco and his guardian angel]]
* ''Bogus'' (1996) as [[ImaginaryFriend Bogus]]
* ''Film/TheManInTheIronMask'' (1998) as [[BoisterousBruiser Porthos]]
* ''Film/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatians'' (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!'' (''Ruby & Quentin'', 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 (Music/EdithPiaf's first manager)
* ''Mesrine: Killer Instinct'' (2008) as [[TheMafia Guido]]
* ''Film/LifeOfPi'' (2012) as the Cook
* ''Welcome to New York'' (2014) as Mr. Devereux (a thinly disguised {{Expy}} of Dominique Strauss-Kahn)

! 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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