Gaspard Ulliel, Hannibal Rising and Moon Knight star, dies at 37
Gaspard Ulliel, one of France's best-known actors and a star of Hannibal Rising and Marvel's upcoming Moon Knight series, died Wednesday at 37 following a ski accident. The actor's family confirmed his death to Agence France Presse.
According to the Associated Press, Ulliel was skiing in the Savoie region in the Alps when he collided with another skier on the slopes. He suffered serious brain trauma and was hospitalized for his injuries.
The actor is set to be seen as Midnight Man in Moon Knight, the highly anticipated superhero series starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke. In the comics, Midnight Man (otherwise known as Anton Mogart) becomes Moon Knight's main adversaries after the hero stops him from stealing art and leaves him for dead. The series premieres March 30 on Disney+.
Born Nov. 25, 1984, Ulliel was a well-known name in France, working with some of the industry's top actors and directors, including Bertrand Bonello for the 2015 biopic Saint Laurent, in which he played the French fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent. His other notable performances included roles in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's A Very Long Engagement, Bertrand Tavernier's La Princesse de Montpensier, and Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of The World, which won the actor a César Award in 2017 for his starring role alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.
In 2007, he played a young Hannibal Lector in the Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal Rising, which marked his English-language debut. In addition to his work as an actor, Ulliel had a modeling career in which he was best known for being the face of the fragrance Bleu de Chanel and Longchamp.