Jean-Marc Vallée, Director of Big Little Lies and Dallas Buyers Club, Dies at 58

The director had stood for creativity and authenticity

Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, known for the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club has died, aged 58.

The ace director passed away in Quebec City, and the news was first shared by his long-term producing partner Nathan Ross to The Hollywood Reporter. However, the cause of death is still unknown.

Tributes for Jean-Marc Vallée

Vallee with Matthew McConaughey
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Ross was one of the first to speak for his friend and business partner, saying Jean-Marc Vallée “stood for creativity” and “authenticity.” He continued, saying that he was a true artist and a generous, loving guy, and everyone he worked with could see the amount of talent and vision he possessed.

HBO spoke for the director, saying he was a brilliant and fiercely dedicated filmmaker, and a phenomenal talent. They also spoke of his humanity, saying how he dedicated himself fully for every actor he worked with. They then expressed the shock over his sudden death, and extended their sympathies for his sons Alex and Émile, along with his extended family.

Many celebrities took to their respective social media accounts to say kind things about Vallée and the impact he’s made to cinema.

His works

Jean-Marc Vallée

Jean-Marc Vallée’s career began with music videos and landed his first movie in 1995, a thriller named Black List. His breakout hit was 2005’s coming-of-age movie C.R.A.Z.Y. His next hit was 2009’s The Young Victoria starring Emily Blunt as the Queen of Britain, and the movie won 3 Oscar nominations. Then came Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, perhaps his best feature film. The movie was nominated for six Oscars, out of which lead star Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor, and Jared Leto won Best Supporting Actor. His other prominent projects were Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, and Big Little Lies, also starring Witherspoon along with Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Vallée revealed what he enjoyed most about making movies and TV shows. “The dream,” he said. “Dreams can come true. I’m living the dream right now.”