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Passings : Guillaume Depardieu

Actor was son of French movie star

October 14, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Service Reports

Guillaume Depardieu, 37, an actor who was the son of the French movie star Gerard Depardieu, died Monday in a hospital in the western suburbs of Paris of complications linked to a sudden case of pneumonia.

At the Cesar awards -- France's equivalent of the Academy Awards -- Guillaume Depardieu won the prize in 1996 for most promising young actor for his role in the black comedy "Les Apprentis."

He began his movie career playing his father's character as a young man in a 1991 film.

Off-screen, father and son had a difficult relationship.

Although he starred in about 20 movies, the younger Depardieu had a turbulent personal life that included a prison sentence for heroin trafficking.

In 2003, he had a leg amputated to end years of pain from a bacterial infection that stemmed from a motorcycle accident in the mid-1990s.

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