Guillaume Depardieu (7 April 1971 - 13 October 2008) was a French actor, winner of a César Award, and the oldest child of Gérard Depardieu.
Depardieu was the son of actor Gérard Depardieu and his first wife, actress Élisabeth Depardieu (née Guignot). He was the brother of actress, Julie Depardieu, and half-brother of Roxane and Jean Depardieu.
Guillaume shared the screen with his father several times throughout his career, beginning with his first film role, aged three, playing Gérard's son in Claude Goretta's That Wonderful Crook ("Pas Si Méchant Que Ça") in 1974. His next appearance beside his father was in Tous les matins du monde in 1993, followed by Count of Monte Cristo in 1998, and Aime Ton Père (titled "A Loving Father" in English) in 2002. In 1996 he won a César Award (France's national film award) as the most promising newcomer in Les Apprentis. In 2007, he began rebuilding his career with the films Don't Touch the Axe ("Ne Touchez Pas La Hache") and La France, and starred in the 2008 film De la guerre.
Depardieu married actress Elise Ventre on 30 December 1999. They had a daughter, and separated in 2001. Guillaume was known to have had a strained relationship with his famous father, which he detailed in his 2004 autobiography Tout Donner (Giving Everything). The two were said to have reconciled shortly before his death.
Guillaume was often called an enfant terrible by the French magazine Paris Match and was called eccentric and bohemian by others. By 1993, he had already served two jail sentences for drug offences which included dealing heroin and theft. In 2003, he was fined and given a nine-month suspended prison sentence for threatening a man with a gun. In 2008, he was arrested for driving his scooter while intoxicated.
In 1995, Depardieu suffered a motorcycle accident due to a suitcase that fell off a vehicle in front of him which required him to have surgery on his knee. In the hospital he contracted a Staphylococcus aureus infection in the knee, which led to 17 operations and the eventual amputation of the leg in June 2003.
Guillaume Depardieu died on 13 October 2008, at the Garches hospital, aged 37, after contracting severe viral pneumonia at a filming location, where he had been working on a new film, L'Enfance d'Icare.
Pas si méchant que ça
Tous les matins du monde
Cible émouvante (fr)
Alliance cherche doigt
Comme elle respire
The Count of Monte Cristo
Elle et lui au 14e étage
Les marchands de sable
Amour, prozac et autres curiosités
A Loving Father
Le pharmacien de garde
The Duchess of Langeais
De la guerre
A Real Life
The Childhood of Icarus
Le Comte de Monte-Cristo (1999),
Les Misérables (2000),
The Accursed Kings (2005),
Château en Suède (2008)
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