On January 19, the world was shocked by the sad news that French actor Gaspard Ulliel had passed. Known for his role as Yves Saint Laurent in the biopic “Saint Laurent” and young Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising,” the actor was only 37 when he died.
In a report by news agency AFP, the actor and model passed away after a skiing accident in the French Alps. He collided with another skier and suffered severe brain trauma. Unfortunately, he died shortly after being rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble.
More Than a Scar
When people discuss Gaspard, the first thing that comes to mind is his signature face scar. At six years old, he got a scar on his left cheek after he tried riding a Doberman. While scars may be a source of insecurity for some people, Gaspard turned his ‘imperfection’ into his signature feature.
However, there’s more to Gaspard than his devilishly handsome looks and signature facial scar. Gaspard was a prolific actor in French cinema. He won the coveted French Cesar award in 2017 for Best Actor for his role in “It’s Only the End of the World.” He’s also acted alongside the best in the industry, including Lea Seydoux and Marion Cotillard.
He started his acting career at the tender age of 12 years old. After several minor roles in French television, cinema, and short films, he finally got his big break in 2003 when he bagged the lead role in André Techiné’s “Les Egarés.”
His piercing eyes got the world’s attention four years later when he portrayed the cerebral cannibal Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal Rising.” Since then, one of French cinema’s most famous names has worked with acclaimed directors filmmakers in Europe and abroad.
This year, fans of Gaspard were anticipating his Marvel debut. He portrays Midnight Man in the upcoming series “Moon Knight” opposite Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke. The project was supposed to boost his career in the Hollywood circuit once again. Unfortunately, Gaspard didn’t live long enough to see the world admire his talents once more.
Because his death comes as a total shock, many public figures have expressed their condolences over his untimely passing. “Hannibal Rising” director Peter Webber said he was “shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Gaspard Ulliel at such a young age in a skiing accident. I have such fond memories of working with him all those years ago on Hannibal Rising. Rest in peace, dear friend.”
Meanwhile, “It’s Only The End Of The World” director posted a touching Instagram tribute in French, saying, “Your whole being transformed my life, a being that loved deeply and that I will always love. I can’t say anything more. I feel drained, shaken by your (death).”
Given his incredible talent, it comes as no surprise that the world is sudden by his death. May Gaspard rest in peace, and may his loved ones find some comfort in this difficult time.
Art Daniella Sison