Depardieu has received numerous acting awards and has even been knighted.
But he has also been known for audacious escapades under the influence of alcohol, such as urinating on the floor of an airplane about to take off and reportedly trashing an automobile with his bare hands.
In his open letter to France and its politicians, he admits to foibles in his lifestyle and love life but is unapologetic.
He has also suffered family tragedies. He lost his heroin-addicted son to pneumonia. He left his wife, and he and his daughter are reportedly estranged.
According to media reports, Depardieu has received citizenship offers from other countries.
His next movie, which IMDb describes as a "thriller" is to release this year and bears the title "Foreign Affairs."