Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (born 27 December 1948) is one of the most prominent French actors since his StarMakingRole in ''Film/LesValseuses'' in 1974. As of 2017, he has around 230 acting credits since 1967. Basically the go-to guy for many leading roles in {{Period Piece}}s (either {{Historical Domain Character}}s or historical novel protagonists), 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. While most of his box office successes were comedies, he also garnered significant critical acclaim for his dramatic roles such as ''The Last Metro'' or ''Film/CyranoDeBergerac''.

His most famous roles in TV productions 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). Speaking of the last one, he's so popular in Russia that he officially became a Russian citizen in 2013, and was even considered for the Ministry of Culture of that country.

[[FollowInMyFootsteps Two out of his four children became actors]], namely Julie (born in 1973), and Guillaume (1971-2008). Guillaume died of pneumonia at age 37 while filming in Romania.
!!Partial filmography:
* ''Film/LesValseuses'' (1974) as Jean-Claude
* ''Vincent, François, Paul... et les autres'' (1974) as Jean
* ''[[Film/{{Novecento}} 1900]]'' (1976) as Olmo.
* ''Buffet froid'' (1979) as Alphonse Tram
* ''The Last Metro'' (1980) as [[LaResistance Bernard Granger]]
* ''Film/MonOncleDAmerique'' (1980) as Rene
* ''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 UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus
* ''Literature/{{Germinal}}'' (1993) as Toussaint Maheu
* ''Colonel Chabert'' (1994) as [[UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars Hyacinthe Chabert]]
* ''Guardian Angels'' (1995) [[{{Doppelganger}} as]] Antoine Carco / his GuardianAngel
* ''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)
** ''[[Film/AsterixAndCleopatra 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)
* ''Marseille'' (Netflix series, 2016--) as Mayor Robert Taro
* ''Stalin's Couch'' (2017) as UsefulNotes/JosefStalin

!!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