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French film actor Gérard Depardieu was known for his portrayal of sensitive but masculine characters. He has appeared in both French and American films, including 1900, The Last Metro and Green Card.
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Despite a brief retirement in 2005, Depardieu remains an in-demand actor today, boasting a career that spans nearly five decades. In 2012, he had a supporting role in the critically acclaimed drama Life of Pi. Around this same time, he was cast in the starring role of disgraced French political figure Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the drama Welcome to New York. Jacqueline Bisset plays his wife in the project.
Depardieu has made headlines for some of his off-screen antics. He has been in several vehicular accidents, including a 1998 motorcycle crash. In 2011, Depardieu got into trouble on an Air France flight for being intoxicated and allegedly urinating in the aisle of the plane. He was arrested for driving a scooter in France while intoxicated. In protest of France's high tax rate, Depardieu lobbied Russian leader Vladimir Putin for citizenship in his country in 2012. His request was granted the following year.
With his first wife, Elisabeth Guignot, Depardieu had two children, Guillaume and Julie. Guillaume died in 2008, at the age of 37. Depardieu's marriage to Guignot lasted from 1970 to 1996. The pair separated in 1992—the same year that Depardieu had a child, a daughter named Roxane, with actress Karine Sylla. He also has a son, Jean, from another relationship.
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