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Omar Sy (born 20 January 1978) is a French actor and comedian. He is best known in France for his sketches with Fred Testot and his role in The Intouchables, and internationally for his roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World.[1] He received a César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first actor of African descent to win the French award.

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1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography 5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] The fourth of eight children,[2] Omar Sy was born in Trappes in the Yvelines department, France.[1] His parents are both emigrants from West Africa.[2] His Mauritanian mother worked as a house-cleaner, and his Senegalese father worked in a factory.[2] He has Fulani origins.[3] He was raised in low-income suburban housing projects.[2][3] Career[edit]

Omar Sy winning the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 at the 37th César Awards for The Intouchables

He started his career after high school in 1996[3] with Radio Nova as a comedian where he met comedy partner Fred Testot.[1] Afterwards, he appeared in the TV show Le Cinéma de Jamel on Canal+, with Jamel Debbouze. He then created a TV show called Le Visiophon.[1] This was followed by various TV and stage shows such as Je ne fais pas mon âge, Service après-vente des émissions, Omar et Fred: le spectacle. In 2005, Service après-vente des émissions was adapted into short sketches of 2 or 3 minutes on Canal+. (In 2012, Canal+ announced that the programme had been dropped from its schedule.) He appeared in the television game show Fort Boyard in 2006. Omar then went to Los Angeles, where he lent his voice to Zip in the French version of the Tomb Raider Legend video game. He previously had also voiced a sheep in Disney's Brother Bear.[1] In 2008, he appeared in "Bienvenue chez les Bylkas", a video clip by Sinik. In 2009, he voiced some of the characters of Logorama with his partner Fred Testot. In 2011, he starred in The Intouchables, playing a streetwise young man who becomes the personal care assistant to a wealthy quadriplegic (played by François Cluzet). This film enjoyed tremendous popular success, with more than 19 million tickets sold. It topped the French box office in 2011 and became the best selling French film of all time at the French box office. As a result, Omar Sy was voted third favourite French personality behind Yannick Noah and Zinédine Zidane. The role earned him the 2012 Globe de Cristal for Best Actor. He also received a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.[4] He and co-star François Cluzet jointly were bestowed the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Additionally, he won the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for the same film. On 30 December 2012, Omar Sy was voted favourite personality in France, based on a poll run by Le Journal du Dimanche, ahead of fellow actor Gad Elmaleh. In 2014, Sy appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which he played the character Bishop. He also stars in Samba, directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. He co-starred in the fourth film of the Jurassic Park saga, Jurassic World,[1] which was released in June 2015.[5] In 2017, he voiced the character Hot Rod in the film Transformers: The Last Knight, the fifth installment in the Transformers Film Series. Personal life[edit] On 5 July 2007, he married Hélène, the mother of his two children,[3][6] in Tremblay-sur-Mauldre. They were together ten years before marrying.[6] The family resides in a house in Yvelines Montfort-l'Amaury.[6] Sy is a Muslim .[2][7] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes

2000 Granturismo Voice Denis Thybaud Short

2001 La Tour Montparnasse Infernale Taxi Charles Nemes

La concierge est dans l'ascenseur

Olivier Coussemacq Short

Omar et Fred Various

TV Series

2002 Le Boulet A Malian Alain Berberian & Frédéric Forestier

Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Painter Alain Chabat

Samourais Tyson Giordano Gederlini

The Race UNO Seargent Djamel Bensalah

Nos jours heureux Brice Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano Short

Si j'étais lui Gabriel Philippe Triboit TV Movie

2003 La Beuze Michel Dembélé François Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux

2004 Le Carton Lorenzo Charles Nemes

Coming-out Max Olivier Ayache-Vidal Short

2005–12 SAV des émissions Various Several TV Series

2006 Those Happy Days Joseph Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano NRJ Ciné Awards – Most Promising Actor Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for The Best Kiss (with Marilou Berry) Nominated – Raimu de la Comédie for The Best Supporting Actor

Les multiples Jimmy Several TV Series

2007 Garage Babes Hamidou Julien Pelgrand

Moot-Moot Isidore Several TV Series

2008 Seuls two Sammy Bouglioni Éric Judor & Ramzy Bedia

2009 Micmacs Remington Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard Snow Luc Besson

Lascars Narbé Emmanuel Klotz & Albert Pereira-Lazaro

Tellement proches Bruno Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano

King Guillaume Jean Peter Pierre-François Martin-Laval

Safari Youssouf Hammal Olivier Baroux

Envoyés très spéciaux Jimmy Frédéric Auburtin

La Loi de Murphy Father Joachim Ortega Christophe Campos

2010 Allez raconte! Voice Jean-Christophe Roger

Le pas Petit Poucet Grand Poucet Christophe Campos TV Movie

Histoires de vies Mo

TV Series (1 Episode)

2011 Les Tuche The Monk Olivier Baroux

The Intouchables Bakary "Driss" Bassari Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano César Award for Best Actor Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Actor (Share with François Cluzet) Lumières Award for Best Actor Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor Etoiles d'Or Award for Revelation of the Year Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actor Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture

Fish'n Chips Fish

TV Series (52 episodes)

2012 De l'autre côté du périph Ousmane Diakhaté David Charhon

Les seigneurs Wéké N'Dogo Olivier Dahan

Mais qui a retué Pamela Rose ? Mosby Olivier Baroux & Kad Merad

Crazy Pink Limo The Philosopher Joséphine de Meaux Short

Bref Himself

TV Series (1 Episode)

2013 Mood Indigo Nicolas Michel Gondry

Good People Khan Henrik Ruben Genz

2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Bishop Bryan Singer

Samba Samba Cissé Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano

Mune: Guardian of the Moon Sohone Benoît Philippon & Alexandre Heboyan

2015 Jurassic World Barry Colin Trevorrow Also in Lego Jurassic World

Burnt Michel John Wells

2016 Chocolat Clown Chocolat Roschdy Zem Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor Nominated - César Award for Best Actor Nominated - Lumières Award for Best Actor

The Angry Birds Movie Red Fergal Reilly Clay Kaytis French dub

Norm of the North Norm[8] Trevor Wall French dub

Inferno Christoph Bouchard Ron Howard

Demain tout commence Samuel Hugo Gélin

2017 Knock Knock Lorraine Lévy

Transformers: The Last Knight Hot Rod Michael Bay voice

2018 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad

Aaron Woodley Voice

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f Biography on Première.fr ^ a b c d e Beardsley, Eleanor (28 June 2012). "In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place". NPR.org. National Public Radio. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c d "Omar Sy, den orörbara!" [Omar Sy, the untouchable!]. AzurCultures.com (in Swedish). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ Lodge, Guy (3 December 2012). "Satellite Award noms run the gamut from 'Silver Linings Playbook' to 'Skyfall'". Hitfix.com. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ Fritz, Ben (22 May 2014). "'X-Men: Days of Future Past': A Guide to the Mutants". Speakeasy blog. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ a b c "Omar Sy Et Sa Femme Helene : Un Couple Amoureux En 5 Infos" [Omar Sy and His Wife Helene: A Loving Couple — 5 Facts]. PureTrend.com (in French). 22 June 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.  ^ "Sy on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 10 June 2017.  ^ AlloCine. "Teaser Norm : Omar Sy prête sa voix à un ours polaire qui veut sauver sa banquise". allocine.fr. 

External links[edit]

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César Award for Best Actor

1976 Philippe Noiret 1977 Michel Galabru 1978 Jean Rochefort 1979 Michel Serrault 1980 Claude Brasseur 1981 Gérard Depardieu 1982 Michel Serrault 1983 Philippe Léotard 1984 Coluche 1985 Alain Delon 1986 Christophe Lambert 1987 Daniel Auteuil 1988 Richard Bohringer 1989 Jean-Paul Belmondo 1990 Philippe Noiret 1991 Gérard Depardieu 1992 Jacques Dutronc 1993 Claude Rich 1994 Pierre Arditi 1995 Gérard Lanvin 1996 Michel Serrault 1997 Philippe Torreton 1998 André Dussollier 1999 Jacques Villeret 2000 Daniel Auteuil 2001 Sergi López 2002 Michel Bouquet 2003 Adrien Brody 2004 Omar Sharif 2005 Mathieu Amalric 2006 Michel Bouquet 2007 François Cluzet 2008 Mathieu Amalric 2009 Vincent Cassel 2010 Tahar Rahim 2011 Éric Elmosnino 2012 Omar Sy 2013 Jean-Louis Trintignant 2014 Guillaume Gallienne 2015 Pierre Niney 2016 Vincent Lindon 2017 Gaspard Ulliel 2018 Swann Arlaud

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Lumières Award for Best Actor

Michel Serrault (1996) Charles Berling (1997) Michel Serrault (1998) Jacques Villeret (1999) Philippe Torreton (2000) Daniel Auteuil (2001) Michel Bouquet (2002) Jean Rochefort (2003) Bruno Todeschini (2004) Mathieu Amalric (2005) Romain Duris (2006) Gérard Depardieu (2007) Mathieu Amalric (2008) Vincent Cassel (2009) Tahar Rahim (2010) Michael Lonsdale (2011) Omar Sy (2012) Jean-Louis Trintignant (2013) Guillaume Gallienne (2014) Gaspard Ulliel (2015) Vincent Lindon (2016) Jean-Pierre Léaud (2017) Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (2018)

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Tokyo International Film Festival Best Actor

1980s

Zhang Yimou (1987) Marlon Brando (1989)

1990s

Otar Megvinetukhutsesi (1991) Max von Sydow (1992) Masahiro Motoki (1993) Niu Zhenhua (1994) Zhu Xu (1996) Kōji Yakusho (1997) Brad Renfro (1998) Carlos Álvarez-Nóvoa (1999)

2000s

Moussa Maaskri (2000) Andrew Howard (2001) Graham Greene (2002) Teruyuki Kagawa (2003) Oldzhas Nusupbayev (2004) Kōichi Satō (2005) Roy Dupuis (2006) Damian Ul (2007) Vincent Cassel (2008) Christo Christov (2009)

2010s

Wang Qianyuan (2010) François Cluzet / Omar Sy (2011) Seo Young-joo (2012) Wang Jingchun (2013) Robert Więckiewicz (2014) Roland Møller / Louis Hofmann (2015) Paolo Ballesteros (2016) Duan Yihong (2017)

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