French actor Gaspard Ulliel (“It’s Only the End of the World”), who stars in Marvel’s upcoming “Moon Knight” series, has died following a ski accident in the Alps on Wednesday, according to news agency AFP. He was 37.
The Cesar-winning actor was skiing in the Savoie region when he collided with another skier at an intersection between two slopes and suffered a serious brain trauma on Tuesday. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital in Grenoble. Local authorities have opened an investigation into the accident, according to the AFP.
Ulliel was one of France’s best-known actors and worked with critically acclaimed filmmakers in France and abroad. He delivered a powerful performance as the famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” which competed at Cannes. Ulliel, who was highly selective about the roles he chose, also starred in Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only the End of The World,” along with Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel; Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s “A Very Long Engagement,” as well as Bertrand Tavernier’s “La Princesse de Montpensier.” All three films also competed at Cannes. Underscoring his international profile, Ulliel was cast as Midnight Man in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Moon Knight.”
“Gaspard belonged to this new generation of actors who were making tomorrow’s French cinema. He knew how to select his roles and shaped his career which filled every promise,” said Thierry Fremaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival. “Each appearance on the red carpet, from “La Princesse de Montpensier” to “It’s Only The End of the World” illustrated his presence, both discreet and full of kindness. He was equally brilliant and talented. He gave a lot and we’ll always remember him.” Fremaux added.
In a 2014 interview with IndieWire——-, Ulliel spoke about the differences between the two films.
“I waited until we finished our shooting to discover the other film,” he said. “I remember arriving at the theatre very nervous, and very quickly felt relieved when I realized quickly how different they were. They’re two different visions, two films that never really meet.
“So in a way, it’s legitimate for both films to exist. Maybe it’s the best way to celebrate the diversity of such an iconic man as Saint Laurent.
“I think Pierre Niney did a great job and I was relieved that he was proposing something quite different from what I decided to do.”
He said he “decided very early in the preparation process to take some distance with the reality” and to “nourish this character” with elements of his own life and personality.
Ulliel was bitten by a dog as a child, and he later said he felt the scar helped him in his life and career as it looked like a dimple.
He is survived by his young son and his girlfriend, the model and singer Gaëlle Piétri.