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Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze
(born 18 June 1975) is a French-Moroccan actor, comedian, producer, director, and screenwriter.


1 Life 2 Career

2.1 First works 2.2 Debbouze's various shows 2.3 Cinematic works 2.4 Television work

3 Filmography 4 Shows 5 References 6 External links

Life[edit] Debbouze was born in Paris, France. His family, from Taza, moved back to Morocco
the following year. They returned in 1979 and settled in Trappes
in 1983, in the Paris
region, where Debbouze spent the rest of his childhood. He is the eldest of six siblings: Jamel, Mohamed, Hayat, Karim, Rachid and Nawel Debbouze.[2] On 17 January 1990, at the train station in Trappes, he was struck by a passing train travelling at 150 km/h. He lost the use of his right arm in the accident, which killed another young man, Jean-Paul Admette, the son of the singer Michel Admette from Reunion. Debbouze was sued by the victim’s family for manslaughter but the case was dismissed for lack of proof. In December 2004, he was going to perform on stage on the French island of Réunion, but Debbouze cancelled, claiming illness, as Michel Admette's parents had organized a demonstration against his arrival.[3] In 1995, he was spotted by the bosses of Radio Nova, Jacques Massadian and Jean-François Bizot, who made him famous (Massadian would become his manager). He debuted on Radio Nova, with a film review show, Le Cinéma de Jamel and on television around 1996-1997 on cable channel Paris
Première, in a TV show co-produced by Radio Nova and the channel. He took Le Cinéma de Jamel to television on Canal+
in 1998. On the same channel, he contributed to another show, H, along with Éric Judor
Éric Judor
and Ramzy Bedia. He acted in the movies Zonzon (1998), international box-office hit Amélie
(2001), domestic hit Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002), and Angel-A
(2005, directed by Luc Besson). In 2006, he acted in the historical movie Days of Glory (which he co-produced), paying tribute to the North-African soldiers who fought for France during the Second World War. For this movie, he got the prize for best male actor at the 59th edition of the Cannes Film Festival with Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila
Sami Bouajila
and Bernard Blancan. In April 2008, Debbouze opened a comedy club, called Le Comedy Club, in Paris
aimed at launching newcomers on the stand-up scene.[4] On 29 March 2008, Debbouze became engaged to French journalist and news anchor Mélissa Theuriau; the two married on 7 May 2008[5] and subsequently had two children. In 2009, Debbouze collaborated with the rap band 113 and Awa Imani for the project Maghreb
United of Rim'K'.[6] On 1 December 2010, Debbouze's new DVD named Made in Jamel featuring the likes of Gad Elmaleh, Florence Foresti, Élie Semoun, Stromae, Didier Bourdon, Youness Ait Benouissaden, Noureddine Oussayah and Sophie Mounicot was released. His show, Jamel improvise, debuted in January 2011,[7] before playing every evening's Tout sur Jamel from 1 to 20 January at the Casino de Paris. He was the chairman of the 2013 César Awards. Career[edit] First works[edit] In 1990, Debbouze met Alain Degois, an educator who organized theater improvisation workshops, and joined his troupe. With this troupe, he took part in the French Championship of Improvisation
in 1991 and toured Quebec
and Morocco. In 1992, he got his first part in a film called Les Pierres Bleues du Désert. After this film, Debbouze wanted to work as an actor and create his own show. This happened in 1995 with the show C'est Tout Neuf which had been enjoyed a lot. Then he had an approximative[clarification needed] role on the radio program Radio Nova and took part in the television program Nova Premiere where he was noticed by Canal+. Debbouze's various shows[edit] In 1998, Debbouze played Jamel Dridi, an operator, in the hospital sitcom, H on Canal+, alongside fellow comedians Eric and Ramzy. By the time the series ended in 2002, Debbouze had achieved national fame. In March 1999, Debbouze started his new show Jamel en Scène. In this show, Debbouze talked about his beginnings, his childhood and show business. The show played at La Cigale
La Cigale
and then at the Bataclan in Paris. He went on tour throughout France in 2000. At the end of the year, he returned to Paris
with his show at the Olympia for three weeks. In 2002, Debbouze returned with a new show, 100% Debbouze. For three years this show played in the top Parisian theaters: the Casino de Paris, the Bataclan, Le Zénith, and the Olympia. He then toured France, Morocco, Tunisia, Switzerland, and Belgium. The DVD of the show went on sale in 2004, and sold more than 1 million copies. In 2006, Debbouze became the presenter of a new program, Jamel Comedy Club, which featured a half-hour of the new generation of French humorists each week. With this troupe, Debbouze went to the Casino de Paris
in 2007 for a new show, Le Jamel Comedy Club Envahit le Casino de Paris. This show was very successful, its run was extended and it also played in Canada. Cinematic works[edit]

Debbouze at the 2001 César Awards

In 1992, the seventeen-year-old Debbouze appeared in his first film, Les Pierres Bleues du Désert. The film tells the story of a young boy who is persecuted because he believes in the existence of blue stones in the desert. It was the first of numerous film roles for Debbouze. In 1996, he played a small part in Les Deux papas et la maman, a film by Jean-Marc Doval with Smaïn and Arielle Dombasle. Three years later he received his first big role in a feature film called Le Ciel les oiseaux et ta ... mère! (Boys on the Beach). This comedy was successful, with more than one million tickets sold. Over the next two years he continued his stage shows, before returning to film with the highly successful Le fabuleux destin d' Amélie
Poulain. He was nominated for his part in this film for the César Award
César Award
for Best Supporting Actor in 2002. In 2002, Debbouze appeared in another big French film, Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra directed by Alain Chabat. This successful film was seen by 14,000,000 spectators. In 2005, he had the leading role in Luc Besson's film Angel-A. In 2006, Debbouze played one of the most important parts of his career in the film Indigènes (Days of Glory in the United States). The film told the story of four North African soldiers who participate in the liberation of France during World War II. Debbouze, Samy Naceri, Sami Bouajila and Roschdy Zem shared the prize for the best male performance at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[8] Television work[edit] In 1996, he took part for the first time in a TV show called Nova première on Paris
Première. He was noticed on this show by some producers from Canal+
who hired him to present a show called Le cinéma de Jamel. For New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
in 2000, Debbouze created a TV show for this occasion called the Jamel show. Numerous French comedians such as Bruno Solo, Alain Chabat, Élie Semoun, and Dieudonné appeared in this show. In April 2003, he took part in 6 commercials for Orangina. Filmography[edit]

Year Original title English title Role

1992 Les pierres bleues du désert

1996 Les Deux papas et la maman Two Dads and One Mom

1996 Y a du foutage de gueule dans l'air

1998 Zonzon


1998–2002 H (TV series)

Jamel Dridi / Djamel Dridi

1998 Un pavé dans la mire

The prison guard

1999 Le Ciel, les oiseaux et... ta mère! Boys on the Beach Youssef

1999 Rêve de cauchemar


1999 Les Petits souliers

Zinedine Haouita

2000 Elie annonce Semoun

various characters

2000 Granturismo


2001 Le fabuleux destin d' Amélie
Poulain Amélie Lucien

2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cléopatre Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Numérobis / Edifis

2002 Le Boulet Ball and Chain / Dead Weight The Malian guard (uncredited)

2003 Les Clefs de bagnole The Car Keys An actor who refuses to shoot with Lawrence / Voice of the modelling-clay dog

2004 She Hate Me Doak (also executive producer)

2005 Angel-A André Moussah

2006 Indigènes Days of Glory Saïd Otmari (also a co-producer)

2008 Astérix aux jeux olympiques Asterix at the Olympic Games Numérobis

2008 Parlez-moi de la pluie Let's Talk
About the Rain Karim

2009 Inside Jamel Comedy Club (TV series) Jamel (also producer)

2010 Hors la loi Outside the Law Saïd

2011 360 Algerian man

2011 Poulet aux prunes Chicken with Plums Houshang / Le mendiant

2011 Hollywoo Farres

2012 Sur la piste du Marsupilami HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami Pablito Camaron

2013 Né quelque part Homeland Le cousin

2013 La marche The Marchers Hassan

2015 Pourquoi j'ai (pas) mangé mon père Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father Edward (voice; also director)

2016 La vache The cow Hassan


Year Title

1996 C'est tout neuf

1999 Jamel en scène

2000 Jamel Show

2004 Jamel 100 % Debbouze

2007 Le Jamel Comedy Club Envahit Le Casino De Paris

2009 Le Jamel Comedy Club Show

2010 Made in Jamel

2011 Tout sur Jamel

2011 Le Marrakech du rire


^ "Le couple Debbouze à Marrakech". Le Figaro. Paris: Société du Figaro. 8 May 2008.  ^ Johnston, Sheila (3 November 2008). "Jamel Debbouze: France's new superstar". Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 8 February 2010.  ^ Marie Jocher et Alain Kéramoal, Jamel Debbouze, la vérité, Seuil, janvier 2008. ^ Le Comedy Club, au 42 boulevard Bonne Nouvelle à Paris, dispose d'une salle implantée dans un ancien cinéma parisien qui peut accueillir jusqu’à 120 spectateurs: « La nouvelle scène selon Jamel » ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 February 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.  ^ Jamel Debbouze
Jamel Debbouze
chante pour Maghreb
United Archived 26 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 January 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Days of Glory". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 

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(2005) Jamel Debbouze/Samy Naceri/Roschdy Zem/Sami Bouajila/Bernard Blancan (2006) Konstantin Lavronenko (2007) Benicio del Toro
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(2010) Jodie Foster
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(2011) Guillaume Canet
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(2012) Jamel Debbouze
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(2013) François Cluzet
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