French cinema has just lost one of its greatest talents, an actor of elegance and exotic beauty, who was broken in the middle of the journey and who could still have passed on to other regions. Victim of a serious ski accident Tuesday afternoon in the ski resort of La Rosière (Savoie) when he was not wearing a helmet, actor Gaspard Ulliel died on Wednesday January 19 at Grenoble University Hospital, his family announced in a statement sent to AFP by his agent.
The 37-year-old actor had experienced a meteoric rise, marked notably by two Cesars, Best Male Hope (in 2005 for the Sunday long engagement) and Best Actor (in 2017 for Just the end of the world). He played notably alongside Emmanuel Biart, Audrey Tautou, Melanie Laurent, Nicole Garcia, Isabelle Hubert, Olivier Gourmet or Gerard Depardieu, and in front of the camera of André Cheney, Bertrand Bonello or Xavier Dolan.
Born in 1984 in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) to a designer mother and designer father, Gaspard Uliel She quickly headed towards an acting career, first in small roles, but alongside Sandrine Bonnaire (the series woman in white) or Frances Hoster (Julian the apprentice). It was Michel Blanc who discovered him and gave him a more significant first role in 2002, in kiss whoever you wantWith Jacques Dutronic, Charlotte Rampling and Lou Doillon. His talent earned him his first César nomination as Best Male Hope.
Renewed performance in lost In 2003, by André Téchiné, with Emmanuelle Béart, for which he will receive a new nomination. The third will be good, thanks Sunday long engagementby Jean-Pierre Junet with Audrey Tautou. It’s an open door for a leading role in the last day, by Rudolph Marconi. Nicole Garcia, Melanie Laurent, Alison Paradis and Christophe Malafoy are his partners, but the film falls short of the expected success.
Don’t worry, Gaspard Ulliel is in high demand, as did Jos van Sant who made him deliver one of the movie parts with sketches I love you Paris (2006). Then it opened up to more mainstream movies, like Crispy Jaco (2007) by Laurent Boutont, with Marie-José Cruz, Albert Dupontel, Chiqui Carrillo, and Olivier Gourmet. Adapted from the popular eponymous television series of the 1970s, the film received a mixed critical and public reception.
Many international co-productions call for it in particular Hannibal Lecter: The Origins of Evil (2007), which evokes the youth of the famous cannibal, played by Anthony Hopkins in the first two films of the franchise. But he returned to the vein more secret with Dam on the Pacific Ocean (2009) by Rithy Panh, where he plays Isabelle Huppert. Then in a more commercial genre, he was alongside Jean Reno in the same year in the action movie first circle.
Bertrand Tavernier offers him one of his best roles in Princess of Montpensier, in 2010, where he played the Duke of Guise and where he finds Mélanie Thierry, in a film that received unanimous criticism. The actor does not stop turning, especially in Saint Laurent By Bertrand Bonello, where he was the great costume designer, the film was also well received by critics, but less so by the audience.
It was Quebec director Xavier Dolan who was finally offered the role that would allow him to win a Cesar Award for Best Actor for his performance in Just the end of the world, where he is flanked by Natalie Bay, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.
We see it in the same year tremendously dancer, by Stephanie de Gusto, about American choreographer Loïe Fuller who is translated by singer Soko and where he develops again alongside Mélanie Thierry. Once again, Isabel Hubert became a partner in Eva In 2017, directed by Benoît Jacquot and in the same year he presented the reply to Gérard Depardieu in the ends of the world by Guillaume Nicloux. His last appearance dates back to 2019, as a member of the jury of the 45th Deauville American Film Festival, chaired by Catherine Deneuve.
Besides his brilliant acting career, Gaspar Ulliel has been a regular model at the shows of Paris Fashion Week. He was also the image ambassador for Chanel’s perfume “Bleu” in an advertisement filmed by Martin Scorsese in New York. He also co-promoted Longchamp bags alongside Kate Moss.
Stylish actor, recognized and appreciated by his peers, Gaspard Uliel Ars in the magazine Grazia In 2019 you have “I realized by putting the roles next to each other that they told a lot of things about my intimate journey, my development as a man”.