French star Gaspard Ulliel, who portrayed a young Hannibal Lecter and had a lead role in a recent Marvel TV series, died on Wednesday at 37 after a skiing accident, his family said.
Ulliel was already in the prime rank of French actors and earned international fame for his feat as the well-known cannibal in ‘Hannibal Rising’ in 2007.
He also had a main role as Midnight Man in the new Marvel TV show ‘Moon Knight’ featuring Oscar Isaac, which begins in March.
His family verified the death — which followed a skiing accident in southeast France on Tuesday — in a message given to AFP by his agent.
A representative from the ski station told another skier hit into Ulliel at the meeting of two slopes.
He was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble where he died on Wednesday, the agent announced.
Ulliel earned a Cesar, the French equal of an Oscar, for best actor in 2017 for ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ in which he featured alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.
He had already bagged a Cesar in 2005 for the most promising actor after arising in the World War I drama ‘A Very Long Engagement’ alongside Audrey Tautou.
He featured in ‘Saint Laurent’, one of two biopics about the celebrated designer to be released in 2014, though he lost out at the Cesars to the star of the rival movie, Pierre Niney.
Niney was one of the first to respond on Twitter, saying: “Broken heart. Gaspard was benevolence and kind. Beauty and talent.”
Ulliel was born just outside Paris on November 25th, 1984, and picked up a small wound from a dog bite as a child.
He said it assisted him because it looked like a dimple.
He was just 11 when he began working on screen and picked up two Cesar newcomer nominations in 2003 and 2004 before eventually winning the following year.
There were also some crucial modelling gigs, comprising a contract as the face of a Chanel aftershave.
One of his directors characterized him as something of an enigma.
“He’s a strange boy, difficult to penetrate,” said Rodolphe Marconi, who directed him in one of his early movies, ‘The Last Day’.