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Gaspard Ulliel
French actor

Gaspard Ulliel

Gaspard Ulliel
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Quick Facts

Intro French actor
A.K.A. Ulliel
Was Model Actor Stage actor Film actor Film producer Television actor
From France
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 25 November 1984, Boulogne-Billancourt, Seine, Île-de-France, France
Death 19 January 2022, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, arrondissement of Grenoble, France (aged 37 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Stats
Height: 1.7653 m
Education
Cours Florent
Awards
César Award for Most Promising Actor 2005
César Award for Best Actor 2017
Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres 2015
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

Gaspard Thomas Ulliel ([ɡaspaʁ yljɛl]; 25 November 1984 – 19 January 2022) was a French actor. He was known for portraying the young Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (2007) and fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic Saint Laurent (2014), and for being the face of the Chanel men's fragrance Bleu de Chanel. He was cast as Anton Mogart / Midnight Man in the Disney+ series Moon Knight (2022).

Ulliel was nominated for a César Award for the category of Most Promising Actor in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, he won that award for his role in A Very Long Engagement, which co-starred Audrey Tautou. In 2017, he won the César Award for Best Actor for his role in It's Only the End of the World. Ulliel died on 19 January 2022, following a skiing accident at La Rosière resort in Savoie, France.

Early life

Ulliel was born in Boulogne-Billancourt (a suburb of Paris), to Christine, a runway show producer, and Serge Ulliel, a stylist. He had a scar on his left cheek as a result of an attack from a doberman when he attempted to ride the dog like a horse at the age of six. He once quipped that the scar increased his emotional acting abilities because it looked like a dimple and his obituary for French newspaper Libération opened by describing him as having the "most famous scar in French cinema".

Ulliel attended the University of Saint-Denis, where he studied cinema.

Career

Ulliel began acting while he was still at school, appearing in Une Femme En Blanc, a film for French television. He also performed at the Cours Florent, where he was discovered by Les égarés director André Téchiné.

He began appearing in made-for-television films during the late 1990s and early 2000s, and then began to be known as a film actor in France, as well as starring in the title role in the movie Hannibal Rising, his first English-language film.

In 2004, he starred in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement and won a César Award for Most Promising Actor for his performance.

In 2007, he appeared on the cover of the January issue of French Vogue with supermodel Doutzen Kroes. Ulliel later was chosen as the face of Chanel for its new men's fragrance, Bleu de Chanel. The film for the campaign was directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese and debuted in August 2010.

He portrayed French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic film Saint Laurent, which earned him a Lumières Award for Best Actor and nominations for the César and Globe de Cristal Best Actor awards.

In 2016, he appeared in two films: the lead role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World; and in Stéphanie Di Giusto's The Dancer, an unconventional biopic of American dancer Loie Fuller. He also starred in Guillaume Nicloux's Les Confins du Monde, opposite Gérard Depardieu.

In 2017, he was nominated for the Jury Prize for Best Actor at the Riviera International Film Festival for his role in Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World alongside co-star Vincent Cassel; the film was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture as well as earning Ulliel a second César Award, for Best Actor, and second nominations for Best Actor in both the Lumières and Globe de Cristal awards (the latter with Cassel also nominated).

Ulliel was the face of Longchamp, a French leather and luxury goods company, along with Kate Moss.

In July 2021, Ulliel joined the cast of the upcoming superhero streaming series Moon Knight, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He portrayed Anton Mogart / Midnight Man.

Personal life

Ulliel dated actress Cécile Cassel from 2005 to 2007. He had a brief relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi in 2007, and dated Jordane Crantelle from 2008 to 2013.

From 2013 on, Ulliel had been in a relationship with model and singer Gaëlle Pietri. On 9 November 2015, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child together. The birth of the couple's son was announced on 9 February 2016.

Death

On 18 January 2022, Ulliel was critically injured during a ski incident at the La Rosière resort in Savoie, France, when he collided without a helmet with another skier at an intersection between two slopes and suffered serious brain trauma. He was transported by helicopter to the trauma unit of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Grenoble Alpes in nearby La Tronche. He died the next day at the hospital, at the age of 37.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Alias Nicolas Trajet Short film
2001 Brotherhood of the Wolf Louis
2002 Summer Things Loïc Lumières Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actor
2003 Strayed Yvan Étoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer
Nominated—César Award for Most Promising Actor
2004 The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea Leon
A Very Long Engagement Manech Langonnet César Award for Most Promising Actor
Le Dernier jour Simon
2005 La Maison de Nina Izik
2006 Paris, je t'aime Gaspard In the section Le Marais (4th arrondissement of Paris) directed by Gus Van Sant
2007 Jacquou le Croquant Jacquou
Hannibal Rising Hannibal Lecter
L'Inconnu Short film
2008 La Troisième partie du monde François
The Sea Wall Joseph
2009 Le Premier Cercle Anton Malakian
A Heavenly Vintage Xas, an angel (The Vintner's Luck)
Ultimatum Nathanaël
2010 The Princess of Montpensier Henri de Guise
2011 The Art of Love William
2012 Mes amours décomposé(s) Corps Short film
Tu honoreras ta mère et ta mère Balthazar
Rise of the Guardians Jack Frost Animated film; French voice
2014 Saint Laurent Yves Saint Laurent Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
2016 It's Only the End of the World Louis César Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Lumières Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Riviera International Film Festival - Best Actor
The Dancer Louis
2017 Ordeal Jean Short film
2018 Eva Bertrand Valade
To the Ends of the World Robert Tassen
9 Fingers The doctor
One Nation, One King Basile
2019 Sibyl Igor
2022 More Than Ever Post-production;

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mission protection rapprochée Olivier Rousseau 1 episode
1998 Bonnes vacances Joël TV movie
1999 Le Refuge Quentin 1 episode
La Bascule Olivier Baron TV movie
Juliette Nicolas Dastier TV movie
2000 Julien l'apprenti Julien at 14 TV movie
L'Oiseau rare Gaspard TV movie
2004 Navarro Thierry Morlaas 1 episode
2009 Myster Mocky présente Various 1 episode
2016 Vadim Mister Cool Récitant / Narrator (voice) TV movie
2018 Il était une seconde fois Vincent Dauda
2022 Moon Knight Anton Mogart / Midnight Man Disney+ series; Posthumous release

Theatre

Year Title Author Director Notes
2012 Entertaining Mr Sloane Joe Orton Michel Fau
2015 Démons Lars Norén Marcial Di Fonzo Bo

Decorations

  • Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (2015)
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