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Gérard Xavier Marcel Depardieu born 27 December 1948 is a French actor and filmmaker, businessman and vineyard owner, who is a resident of Belgium.
He is a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur, Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite and has twice won the César Award for Best Actor.
He also won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in Green Card and was nominated for an Academy Award for the title role in Cyrano de Bergerac.
After he garnered huge critical acclaim for Cyrano de Bergerac he acted in many Hollywood big budget movies. He is considered as a French screen icon and one of the greatest French actors of all time.
Gérard Depardieu was born in Châteauroux, Indre, France. He is one of five children of Anne Jeanne Josèphe "la Liette" (née Marillier) and René Maxime Lionel "le Dédé" Depardieu, a metal worker and volunteer fireman.
Depardieu spent more time on the street than in the classroom and left school at 15.
At the age of 16, Depardieu left 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. His breakout film role came in 1974 playing Jean-Claude in Bertrand Blier's comedy Going Places. He studied dancing under Jean-Laurent Cochet, and went on to become one of France's most renowned actors. 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.
Gerard crossed over into the American film market by co-starring in the 1990 film Green Card. He has since acted in many English-language films, including The Man in the Iron Mask, 102 Dalmatians, Last Holiday, and Life of Pi.
More recently, he has played Obélix in the three Astérix movies in which he is said to have discovered Melanie Laurent when she was 14. In 2010 Depardieu signed a contract with Bank Zachodni WBK, a Polish bank, to appear in its commercials.
In 1970, Depardieu married Élisabeth Guignot, with whom he had two children, actor Guillaume (1971–2008) and actress Julie (1973). On 28 January 1992, while separated from Élisabeth, he had a daughter, Roxanne, with the model Karine Sylla. In 1996 he divorced Élisabeth and began a relationship with actress Carole Bouquet, who was his partner from 1997 to 2005.
On 14 July 2006, he had a son, Jean, with French-Cambodian Helene Bizot (not to be confused with Hélène Bizot), according to the issue 3089 (31 July 2008) of Paris Match and the Phnom Penh Post. Since 2005, Depardieu has lived with a Harvard-educated novelist, Clémentine Igou.
On 13 October 2008, his son Guillaume died at the age of 37 from complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.
He is an official resident of Néchin, Belgium, as of December 7th, 2012. French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault claimed the reason for the move was to avoid a looming 75% top rate of tax. He joined other wealthy French living in the same area of Belgium, including the Mulliez family, owners of the French hypermarket chain Auchan.