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Gérard Depardieu

Gérard Depardieu is one of France's most prolific and best-loved actors. He was last seen in Roland Joffe's film Vatel opposite Uma Thurman.

Depardieu's career boasts more than 100 films since 1965. Some of his best known films include Green Card, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy, and Cyrano de Bergerac, the film that brought Depardieu international stardom in 1990. His portrayal of Cyrano earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role, as well as the 1990 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Male Performance, nine Césars including Best Actor, and a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.

Depardieu's other film credits include Le dernier metro (The Last Metro), for which he won a César for Best Actor; Le retour de Martin Guerre (The Return of Martin Guerre), for which the American Critics Society voted him Best Actor; Danton; Police, for which he won Best Male Performance at the 1985 Venice Film Festival; and the classic Jean de Florette.

Depardieu also starred in Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Randall Wallace's Man in the Iron Mask, Asterix and Obelix Take on Caesar, Sous le Soleil de Satan (Under the Sun of Satan), Camille Claudel, Trop Belle Pour Toi (Too Beautiful for You), Tous Les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World), Germinal, and My Father the Hero.

Depardieu is also an accomplished stage actor, having starred most recently in last year's production of Les Portes du Ciel at the Theatre de Paris. His most recent television credits include Les Misérables, Bérénice, Balzac, and Monte Cristo.

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Gérard Depardieu Facts

Birth Name Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu
BirthdayDecember 27, 1948 (73)
BirthplaceChatearoux, France
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Gérard Depardieu compared to you?
Awards1991 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Green Card)

Selected Filmography

My Afternoons with Margueritte
Babylon AD
102 Dalmatians
Life of Pi
Welcome to New York
1492: Conquest of Paradise
William Shakespeare's Hamlet
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure
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