GĂ©rard Depardieu French actor and filmmaker, is a Chevalier of the LĂ©gion d’honneur, Chevalier of the Ordre national du MĂ©rite & has twice won the CĂ©sar Award for Best Actor as well as he Golden Globe award for Best Actor in and nominated for an Academy Award. His mother told Depardieu that she had tried to abort him with knitting needles and, as a child he would inspect his hands for scars from the needles. Depardieu spent more time on the street than in the classroom and left school at 13.