The curtain comes down prematurely for Gaspard Ulliel, who died at the age of 37 on January 19, following a skiing accident. The Caesarized actor had shone in many films and was the father of a 5-year-old boy with the woman of his life, Gaëlle Pietri…
“I haven’t had many accidents in my life“, he said in 2018 to Konbini, before you hit wood. Unfortunately, it was an accident that cut his existence short. Gaspard Ulliel died on January 19 at the age of 37, following a skiing accident which occurred the day before in the ski area of La Rosière, in Savoie. He had been airlifted to the Grenoble University Hospital where he had undergone emergency surgery. According to FranceInfo, the actor, father of a little Orso, 5 years old, had suffered a head trauma. According to The Dauphine Libere and The Parisian, Gaspard Ulliel would not have worn a protective helmet during the collision with a other skier, who would have escaped unscathed and would have remained at the scene until the arrival of the emergency services.
For him, life had just begun. Gaspard ulliel was born on November 25, 1984 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Very young, this only son grew up in an artistic universe, since his mother is the stylist Christine Ulliel and her father, the designate Serge Ulliel. At six years old, he plays with the parent’s friend’s dog climbing on his back. But the animal, annoyed, brutally scratches him on the cheek… leaving him “a nice notch that turns into a dimple“, he told Konbini. At the time of the incident, he did not yet know that this scar would become his trademark, one of his (multiple) charms assets facing the camera.
Gaspard Ulliel: how he started in the cinema
It was only 12 years old that little Gaspard made his first steps on a film set. By chance, he meets an agent who offers him to play in an episode of the series A Woman In White, with Sandrine Bonnaire. A real revelation for the young boy, who, until now, had not particularly dreamed of cinema. “My first day on a set was a revelation: I liked the atmosphere, the concentration, the teamwork, the same energy directed towards the same goal“, detailed the actor in The Express. Then, in 1999, he appeared in the short film A.k.a, by Marina de Van and gives the reply to Francis Huster in Julien the Apprentice, by Jacques Otmezguine.
But it was in 2002 that Gaspard Ulliel’s career really took off, thanks to his role in Michel Blanc’s film, Kiss whoever you want, which earned him a nomination for César for the best male hope. Not ready to stop there, the young actor is once again nominated for the César for best male hope, for his role in André Téchiné’s film, The Lost, this time. Never two without three… and it was at the end of this his nomination, for his performance in A Long Engagement Sunday, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, that he obtains the much desired statuette.
Cinema, an “orgasm” for Gaspard Ulliel
But the actor is not confined to French productions. Ready to broaden his horizons, he is starring in Hannibal Lecter: The Origins of Evil, Franco-Czecho-Italian-British film, by Peter Webber. We see it in The Vintner’s Luck, by New Zealander Niki Caro, but also the Franco-Italian-Israeli film Ultimatum. “After filming, there is always this little moment of depression inherent in any strong experience. It is like after an orgasm“, he had also confided to Konbini.
Versatile, he is also talented when he lends his features to the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent, for Bertrand Bonello’s film, when he plays the historical character Henri de Guise in The Princess of Montpensier or in comedy The Art of Loving by Emmanuel Mouret. In 2017, he received the César award for best actor for his performance in Just The End Of The World, by Xavier Dolan.
The actor particularly appreciates the films in which he can project himself in another era. “I am a old soul in a young body (…) I am marked by the 70s, which I did not know, which bring, for me, something infinitely more interesting“, had confided the actor to the Figaro. In parallel with his career as an actor, Gaspard Ulliel also distinguished himself in modeling and notably became the muse of Chanel.
Gaspard Ulliel: love and family
On the heart side, the actor is in a relationship since 2013 with the model Gaëlle Pietri. Together they give birth to a little boy, Orso, in 2016.”I make a real separation between my personal and professional life so that they don’t get mixed up. It’s up to me to reconcile the two. I’m not afraid of a media weight, but rather of a problem of availability. The idea of chaining the shootings that take me away from my home and therefore from my son“, he told us shortly after the birth of his son… that he will not see growing up.