Jean-Marc Vallée Wiki – Jean-Marc Vallée Biography
Acclaimed film and television director Jean-Marc Vallée was found dead in Canada over the holiday weekend.
As the New York Post reports, the multiple-award winner director, best known for “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and the HBO limited series “Big Little Lies,” died on December 26. “Dallas Buyer’s Club” was nominated for eight Academy Awards, and Vallée won Best Director Emmy for “Big Little Lies,” starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. He also directed the miniseries “Sharp Objects,” starring Amy Adams.
He was 58 years old.
Cause of Death
The shocking death of filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée resulted from a heart attack while at his cabin on the river outside of Quebec City, where he was preparing to receive guests the following day.
So it is considered likely he passed December 26 and was found the following morning. Vallée was known as a fitness fanatic and a teetotaler, a Wim Hoff fitness method practitioner, which is not for the faint of heart. We will update the official cause of death when it is released.
Following Deadline’s reveal of the filmmaker’s sudden passing last night, there has been an outpouring of sorrow for Vallée, everyone from Big Little Lies and Wild star Reese Witherspoon to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Sad day.
Born on March 9, 1963, in Montreal, Vallée began making short films and soon moved into features with his 1995 debut Black List. His breakthrough came with 2005’s C.R.A.Z.Y., which won four Genie Awards in Canada, including Best Picture, Screenplay, and Director for Vallée. After directing The Young Victoria and Cafe de Flore, Vallée hit his stride with Dallas Buyers Club, based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS and given a month to live.
The scrappy Woodroof smuggled alternative medicine and drugs that were not approved in the U.S. to help give himself and others suffering from AIDS a chance to prolong their lives. This was a worthy project that stalled before Vallée committed. Released in 2013 with McConaughey, Leto, and Jennifer Garner starring, the film became a critical darling. Both McConaughey and Leto won Golden Globe Awards.
They repeated those wins at the Oscars. The film was nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, with Vallée also receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Film Editing under his alias, John Mac McMurphy.
He followed with an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, which starred Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern. The film was nominated for three Oscars.
Then, Vallée turned his attention to long-form television series, and the results were seminal.
In 2017 Vallée received the D.G.A. Award and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for the HBO limited series Big Little Lies, which he also executive produced. It won eight Emmys, including Outstanding Limited Series and four Golden Globes. He also directed, and executive produced the 2018 HBO limited series Sharp Objects, which was nominated for eight Emmys.