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Gérard Depardieu (2012)

by Dominica Vaughan

Medium: Oils on Canvas

Frame: Framed

Size: 40 cm x 40 cm

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Gérard Depardieu (born 27 December 1948) is a French actor, film-maker, businessman and vineyard owner. At the age of 16, Depardieu left his home town Châteauroux for Paris. There, he began acting in the new comedy theatre Café de la Gare, along with Patrick Dewaere, Romain Bouteille, Sotha, Coluche, and Miou-Miou. He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet, and went on to become one of France's most renowned actors. His breakthrough film role came in 1974 playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Les Valseuses with Jeanne Moreau.Other prominent early roles include a starring role alongside Robert De Niro in Bernardo Bertolucci's historical epic 1900 (1976) and a role in François Truffaut's The Last Metro (1980) with Catherine Deneuve, for which he was nominated for a César Award. In 1986, his international fame grew as a result of his performance as a doomed, hunchbacked farmer in the film Jean de Florette. Five years later he won a César for his starring role in Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he was also nominated for an Academy Award. This is still considered by many to be his most notable role. In 1990, Gérard crossed over into the American film market by co-starring in Peter Weir's romantic comedy Green Card, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He has since had other roles in other English language films, including Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise(1992), Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996), and Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012).