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Creator / Gérard Depardieu

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"I'm an actor. And it is, for me, an opportunity to meet people. One of the advantages of my profession is I come into contact with many people."

Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu (born 27 December 1948 in Châteauroux) is one of the most prominent and prolific French actors since his Star-Making Role in Les Valseuses in 1974. He's had around 250 acting credits since his debut in 1967.

Basically, he's been a go-to guy for leading roles in Period Pieces (either Historical Domain Characters or historical novel protagonists), as well as Big Fun, Big Eater and Boisterous Bruiser roles in French cinema — most often requiring to be a Large Ham, which he seems born to play. While most of his box office successes were comedies, he garnered significant critical acclaim for his dramatic roles in pictures such as The Last Metro, Cyrano de Bergerac or Mammuth.

His most famous roles in TV productions include Edmond Dantès in The Count of Monte Cristo (1998), Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (2000), Joseph Fouché in Napoléon (2002) and the Mad Monk himself in Rasputin (2011). Speaking of the latter, he's so popular in Russia that he officially became a Russian citizen in 2013, and was even asked to become Minister of Culture of an oblast in that country at one point. He's dabbled in English-language cinema, usually playing (of course) eccentric Frenchmen, most notably in the romantic comedy Green Card.


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.

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