French movie star and Marvel actor dies after skiing accident

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who is due to appear in Marvel’s new Moon Knight show later this year, has died after a skiing accident in France.

He was 37.

According to local police, the accident took place in the Savoie region of the French Alps after apparently colliding with another skier at a crossing point on the slopes.

Ulliel as a young Hannibal Lecter. Pic: Keith Hamshere/Weinstein Co/Kobal/Shutterstock
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Ulliel as a young Hannibal Lecter. Pic: Keith Hamshere/Weinstein Co/Kobal/Shutterstock

Following the incident he was rushed to hospital in Grenoble with a head injury, but later passed away, his family and agent said.

Local investigators are now looking into the incident, but have not divulged any more details.

Along with his upcoming appearance as Midnight Man in Marvel’s new show Moon Knight, the trailer of which was only released on Tuesday, Ulliel was also the face of fragrance Bleu de Chanel in France.

As one of France’s best-loved actors, he has also starred in 2007’s Hannibal Rising, and as the main character in the Yves St Laurent biopic Saint Laurent in 2014 – a film that went on to become a competitor at the Cannes Film Festival.

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In 2017, he won the Cesar (French version of an Oscar) for best actor, after his turn in It’s Only the End of the World, opposite Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux – 12 years after bagging the most promising actor trophy.

His other projects included The Dancer, Eva and a stage production of Entertaining Mr Sloane.

It comes only days after mountain rescue responded to another fatal accident in a neighbouring region, in which a five-year-old British girl was killed on the slopes.

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