Gaspard Ulliel died at the age of 37, in a skiing accident, this Wednesday, January 19. Back in pictures on the flamboyant beginnings of the actor, his consecration, his friendships and his romances.
In 2003, France discovered a young man with shaved hair, a square jaw and piercing blue eyes. Gaspard Ulliel responds to Emmanuelle Béart in The Lost, by André Téchiné, and reveals itself in all its light. Almost twenty years later, the actor with translucent eyes is no more. The interpreter of Yves Saint Laurent in the feature film by Bertrand Bonello died this Wednesday, January 19, at the age of 37, following a skiing accident which occurred in the resort of La Rosière, in Savoie, announced his family in a statement sent to AFP.
“The good stories do not portend the end”
“It seems that the great stories of cinema are those which at the beginning do not foreshadow the end”, he declared in 2017, in a speech written by him and read by Xavier Dolan, the evening when the actor won the Cesar for best actor. The story of Gaspard Ulliel had however started well. Born on November 25, 1984, in Boulogne-Billancourt, the little boy was raised by two stylists, to whom we certainly owe the natural and nonchalant elegance of the actor. Her allure is such that she will earn her the role of muse for Bleu de Chanel perfume.
As a teenager, Gaspard Ulliel dreams of becoming a director. Fate will decide otherwise. He sketches his acting debut in the TV movie A woman in white. But it was indeed in the early 2000s that the actor imposed himself with his hypnotic aura. After several roles on television, Gaspard Ulliel agrees to play in comedy Kiss whoever you want (2002), which reveals it to the general public. The following year, he was nominated for the César Award for Best Male Hope for his performance in The Lost. Two years later, he won the prestigious compression thanks to his role in A long engagement Sunday (2004).
Known for his emblematic roles, from Jacquou Le Croquant to Yves Saint Laurent, passing by Hannibal Lecter, Gaspard Ulliel works with the greatest, from Gus Van Sant to Xavier Dolan, passing through a multitude of raw talents such as Mélanie Thierry, Marion Cotillard, or Vincent Cassel. In 2016, he won the César for best actor for his role in Just the end of the world, by Xavier Dolan.
Three years later, it is alongside Virginie Efira that he officiates in Sibyl, by Justine Triet. He will soon appear in the Marvel series Moon Knight, which aired on March 30. On the private side, the actor, who remained discreet about his relationship with the model Gaëlle Pietri, leaves behind a 6-year-old boy, Orso. And a deeply bereaved world of cinema.
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