Gad Elmaleh - Biography
Gad Elmaleh (born April 19, 1971) is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.
Elmaleh was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He is Jewish and was brought up in a mixed cultural background, speaking Moroccan Arabic and French. He earned his Baccalaureate in Morocco at Lycee Lyautey in Casablanca before he studied political science in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama.
His first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1995, was autobiographical.
Elmaleh's first contact with cinema was the full-length film, Salut cousin ! by Merzak Allouache. He later appeared in L'homme est une femme comme les autres and Train de Vie.
His fame further increased with the success of his second one-man show, La Vie Normale, and the film La Vérité si je mens ! 2 (2000) in which he played the role of "Dov", the seducer. The character of "Chouchou" in La Vie Normale was reproduced in the comedy Chouchou (2002), directed by Merzak Allouache and also starring Alain Chabat; the film drew large audiences.. He then did his debut as a singer in "it's kiz my life", a popular song in a non-existing language. The music video was directed by J.G Biggs and shot in the famous Parisian Hôtel Costes.
In contrast to his first two one-man shows, his L’autre c’est moi (2005) contains more improvisation and interaction with the public. In an interview, Gad Elmaleh said that this one-man show is more in the tradition of stand up.
He returned to film in 2004 when he starred in the 2004 film Olé! with Gérard Depardieu. In 2005, he starred as François Pignon in La Doublure (English title "The Valet"), by Francis Veber. In 2006, he appeared opposite Audrey Tautou in Hors de prix (English title "Priceless"), by Pierre Salvadori.
He came back to the stage with L'autre, c'est moi in September 2006 in Canada (Montreal) and in the U.S. (in Broadway, at the Beacon Theater in front of 3000 spectators); it was performed also in Casablanca, Morocco. Between April and August 2007 he played his successful show in France, Belgium, and Switzerland.
On July 15, 2007, Elmaleh premiered his latest show, Papa est en haut, in Montreal as part of the Just for Laughs festival.
He also played the voice of Barry B. Benson in the French version of the 2007 film Bee Movie, Drôle d’Abeille.
In 2009, he released the film, Coco, which he directed, wrote and starred in. In 2010 he appeared in a dramatic role in Roselyne Bosch's The Round Up, which is based on the events surrounding the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup.
Elmaleh was scheduled to perform in the 2009 Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon on July 13–15.
In 2011, he had a small role in Woody Allen's Paris-set feature, Midnight in Paris. He also appeared in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn alongside Jamie Bell. The film which was directed by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, was released on October 26, 2011 in Belgium and is set to release in the United States on December 23, 2011. The same year, he also starred in Jack & Jill as Al Pacino's French cook.
Elmaleh was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des lettres medal by French culture minister Renaud DonneDieu de Vabres, in March 2006.
In January 2007, he was elected as "la personnalité la plus drôle de France" (The Funniest Person in France), beating out 49 other humorists.
He and Audrey Tautou received the 2007 NRJ Ciné Award for Best Kiss for one of their smooches in Hors de prix.
He lived with French actress Anne Brochet from 1998 to 2002. They have one son, Noé. The story of their relationship and breakup can be found in Brochet's book Trajet d'une amoureuse éconduite.
- La Vérité si je mens! 2 with Richard Anconina, José Garcia, Bruno Solo, Gilbert Melki – (2001)
- A+ Pollux with Cécile De France – 2002
- Chouchou with Alain Chabat – (2003)
- Ole! with Gérard Depardieu – (2005)
- La Doublure with Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Virginie Ledoyen, Kristin Scott Thomas – (2005) (English title: The Valet)
- Hors de prix with Audrey Tautou – (2006) (English title: Priceless)
- Coco – (2009)
- The Round Up – (2009)
- Midnight in Paris – (2011)
- The Adventures of Tintin – (2011)
- Jack & Jill - (2011)