Gaspard Ulliel | “Young Hannibal Lecter” French Actor Dies At 37

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Gaspard Ulliel attends the screening of "Sibyl" during the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2019 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

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Gaspard Ulliel| French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died during a ski accident. The accident occurred Tuesday as Mr. Ulliel skied at the La Rosière – Espace San Bernardo in the Northern Alps, the ski resort said.

Actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, died on Wednesday at the Grenoble University Hospital where he was admitted on Tuesday after a serious skiing accident in the resort of La Rosière (Savoie).

The actor was in Montvalezan, on the ski area of the resort of La Rosière located in the Haute Tarentaise massif when the accident occurred.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel, ” a spokesperson for Walt Disney Co. said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.”

The French actor set to appear in the coming Marvel series “Moon Knight,” but Ulliel is probably best known for his portrayal of young Hannibal Lecter in the 2007 film “Hannibal Rising” and for starring opposite French actress Audrey Tautou in 2004’s “A Very Long Engagement.”

The death of Mr. Gaspard Ulliel was recorded today shortly after 4 p.m. by the doctor in the intensive care unit of this hospital”, details the public prosecutor.

He won the 2017 César Award for Best Actor, France’s equivalent of an Oscar, for his lead role in Xavier Dolan’s film “It’s Only the End of the World.” He earned a nomination for the same award for his portrayal of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in a 2014 biopic.

Earlier in his career, he won the César for Most Promising Male Newcomer in 2005, an award he was also nominated for in 2003 and 2004.

In Marvel’s coming series “Moon Knight,” Mr. Ulliel plays Anton Mogart / Midnight Man alongside television series stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. The series is set to premiere on March 30 on Disney+.

Ulliel was also an ambassador for Chanel for 12 years, the company said, appearing in advertisements for the men’s fragrance Bleu de Chanel. “He will be sorely missed,” the French fashion house said.

French officials, actors and fans shared their condolences as news of his death spread Wednesday, lauding the actor’s talent and steady rise in French cinema and beyond.

“Gaspard Ulliel grew up with film and film grew up with him. They loved each other madly,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex in a tweet, translated from French.


Mr. Dolan, who directed Mr. Ulliel in “It’s Only the End of the World,” said the actor transformed his life. Director Peter Webber, who worked with Mr. Ulliel on “Hannibal Rising,” said he had fond memories of working with him. “Rest in peace, dear friend,” Mr. Webber wrote in a tweet.

The Cannes Film Festival described Mr. Ulliel as part of a generation of actors “shaping the future of French cinema.”

“He always knew how to choose his films and determine the direction of his career, which never ceased to be full of promise,” the film festival said in a statement. “He gave so much, and we will never forget him.”

Jean Dujardin, who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2011 film “The Artist,” shared an image of Mr. Ulliel on his Instagram account with a black heart emoji.

Gaspard Ulliel was born on 25 November 1984. He is survived by his child.

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