The AFP News Agency brings word that Gaspard Ulliel, the French actor who is set to appear in Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight series on Disney+, has died following a skiing accident. He was 37 years old.
According to reports, Ulliel was skiing in the Savoie region of the French Alps yesterday when he collided with another skier at an intersection between two slopes. The actor was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble, where he was diagnosed with a serious brain trauma. Ulliel’s family confirmed the news of his passing earlier today. AFP also notes that local authorities are opening an investigation into the incident.
Ulliel began acting in his native France and eventually became one of the country’s best-known performers. However, American audiences may not have heard of him until he starred as a young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising. Ulliel achieved further recognition for his performance as the titular fashion designer in Saint Laurent in 2014. He also won César Awards (essentially the French Oscars) for his performances in 2004’s A Very Long Engagement and 2016’s It’s Only the End of the World.
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Last summer, Ulliel joined the cast of Moon Knight as Anton Mogart, a.k.a. the Midnight Man. Writer Doug Moench and artist Bill Sienkiewicz introduced this character during their classic Moon Knight run as one of Marc Spector’s earliest villains. Mogart’s typical M.O. involved stealing valuable art and jewels, usually at the stroke of midnight. After much anticipation, Marvel finally premiered the first trailer for Moon Knight earlier this week. Unfortunately, Ulliel’s character was nowhere to be found.
Ulliel is survived by his girlfriend, French model and singer Gaelle Pietri, and his six-year-old son, Orso. Viewers can watch him in Moon Knight when the series hits Disney+ on March 30.
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