Gaspard Ulliel, a French actor who starred in The Divide and Zero, has died after a skiing accident at the age of 37.
In the Alps, Mikael Persbrandt was injured in a car accident, and he was subsequently hospitalized. According to the actor’s family and representative, Ulliel was flown by helicopter to Grenoble on Tuesday, but his injuries proved fatal.
According to the French national broadcaster France Bleu, Ulliel collided with another skier and incurred head trauma at a junction. The other skier was not admitted to a hospital, according to the report. An inquiry is currently underway.
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Ulliel’s first role was as a wolf in the 2001 film Brotherhood of the Wolf, which also featured Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci. Following outstanding performances in French productions Summer Things and Strayed, Ulliel was cast as the love interest in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement.
He won a Cesar for most promising actor after his performance.
Ulliel made his debut in the series’ final season, but he has been performing in films since he was a child. He played young Hannibal Lecter in prequel Hannibal Rising and Yves Saint Laurent in biopic Laurent, both of which earned him a Cesar nomination for best actor. Later, during the Cannes film festival, he took
“Gaspard was part of a new generation of actors that were creating tomorrow’s French film,” says festival director Thierry Fremaux to Variety. “He was equally brilliant and talented. He gave a lot to the world, and we’ll always remember him.”
“It was really tough to hear the news,” Dolan expressed on Instagram. “Your whole being has transformed my life, a person I loved deeply and will always love.” The filmmaker went on: “I can’t think of anything else to say; I’m exhausted, shocked by your departure.”
Ulliel has also been the face of Chanel’s Bleu de Chanel fragrance. He will next be seen in Moon Knight, playing Midnight Man, with Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, which debuted its trailer this week.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of Gaspard Ulliel’s passing,” a Disney spokesperson said in an email to Variety. “Our condolences go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe paid tribute on Twitter, writing that Ulliel “grew up in the world of film and it grew with him.”
Roselyne Bachelot, the French culture minister, has also given an interview on television. “He was reaped by death’s sickle at his peak of his career,” she said. “He graced our world with magnificent performances for almost 20 years.”
He is survived by his girlfriend, model-singer Gaëlle Piétri, and a child.