Gaspard Ulliel dies, French star who played Midnight Man in the series ‘Moon Knight’ | People | Entertainment

The French actor also starred in a 2014 biopic on the life of designer Yves Saint Laurent, a role that was highly praised by critics.


A disconcerting look, a mischievous smile and an amazing ease to get into the skin of heroes and villains. Gaspard Ulliel, who died this Wednesday at the age of 37 from a ski accident, had won over directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Gus Van Sant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet with his versatility.

For Francia, Ulliel was one of its greatest promises in cinema, twice awarded with the Cease, which he earned in 2005 for his role in long wedding sunday (With Audrey Tautou) as best revelation actor, and in 2017, as best actor, in just the end of the world, by Xavier Dolan, in the company of other renowned French luminaries, such as Lea Seydoux Y Marion Cotillard.

In the early afternoon, his family communicated through his agent the death of the actor, ski accident victim in Savoy, on a station track La Rosiere (southeast).

There was collided this Tuesday with another skier, suffering a strong head trauma that left him unconscious and for which he had to be transferred by helicopter to the university hospital of Grenoblewhere he died today.

Born in 1984 in the wealthy suburbs of Paris, Ulliel he was the son of a stylist and a designer, a context that favored his beginnings as actor but also his gallantry: the actor was also a french fashion icon, first by becoming in 2010 the perfume face Blue Chanel (whose ad was shot by the filmmaker Martin Scorsese) and later in 2014, by getting into the skin of the dressmaker Yves Saint Laurent in the film Saint Laurent.

In 2003, at the age of 21, he undertook the orders of André Téchiné together with the actress Emmanuel Béart in runaways, a film that opened the doors to long wedding sunday Y The last day, with Melanie Laurent and Nicole Garcia.

At just over 23 years old, Ulliel began to be sought after by international directors, such as Gus Van Sant, who shot with him Paris je t’aime, and Peter Webber, where his particular and sharp features served to bring the murderer Hannibal Lecter to life in The origin of evil.

Other movies like the sea wall, adaptation of the novel by Marguerite Duras with Isabelle Huppert, the first circle, with Jean Reno, or The Princess of Montpensier, the work of Tavernier, marked the path of a performer who always chose his films avidly and with a good eye.

From villain to fashion designer

His face was already well known when in 2014 he put himself in the shoes of Saint Laurent, a work marked by scandal with which the excesses of the iconic creator of the 70s were laid bare. Critics praised her performance. although the biographical film did not penetrate so much among the public.

“I discovered fear with Saint Laurent, which came after a long period of inactivity. But fear can be an extremely powerful engine,” he acknowledged in an interview with Grazia magazine in 2019.

Ulliel, who, according to his acquaintances in the French press, was a great fan of skiing and mountains, had two releases pending: the film more than ever and the series of Marvel Moon Knight, which will be released in Disney+, and in which he plays the villain Anton Mogard in an international production with Oscar Isaac and Gideon Emery.

Since 2013, he lived as a couple with the model Gaelle Pietri, with whom she had a son in 2016. On January 12, the model shared on her Instagram account Instagram a video of the little boy skiing and publicly congratulating him on his sixth birthday.

The prosecution of Albertville has announced the opening of a investigation to clarify the conditions of the collision with the other skier, who according to the local press came out of the crash unharmed.

The first Minister Jean Castex was one of the first to publicly mourn the death of the interpreter, “who grew up with the cinema and made the cinema grow with him”, condolences to which actors such as JJean Dujardin and Pierre Niney, and other members of the Government such as Roselyne Bachelot, Head of Culture.