Alain Chabat

Active - 1989 - 2017  |   Born - Nov 24, 1958 in Oran, Algérie  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama

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A French actor known for his work in a number of comedies, Alain Chabat is probably best-known to American audiences for his role as Victoria Abril's philandering husband in the sex comedy Gazon Maudit (French Twist, 1995).

Born in Oran, Algeria, on November 24, 1958, Chabat grew up in Massy, a suburb of Paris. Never an enthusiastic student, he quit 12 schools over the course of his education and nurtured a passion for music and comics. Through a series of circumstances, Chabat ended up working for the cable network Canal+; during the late '80s, while still employed there, he made the acquaintance of actors Dominique Farrugia, Chantal Lauby, and Bruno Carette, with whom he wrote television sketches and formed a lasting creative partnership. Following the death of Carette, Chabat, Farrugia, and Lauby wrote their first film, La Cite de la Peur: Une Comedie Familiale (1994). A comic parody of horror and detective films, it established the sort of work with which Chabat would become largely associated throughout his career.

A staple of many of France's comedy spoofs throughout the '90s, Chabat earned a fair amount of international recognition for his performance in Josiane Balasko's aforementioned Gazon Maudit. In 1997, he wrote, directed, and starred in the popular Didier, a comedy that cast him as the human incarnation of a dog. Chabat earned a César for his direction of the film, and he has continued to enjoy popularity as one of his country's most steadily employed comic actors.

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  • Il arrive d'Algérie en 1963 et s'installe avec sa famille à Massy, en banlieue parisienne.
  • Élève turbulent, il change d'établissement douze fois entre la 6ème et la terminale.
  • À la fin des années 1980, il forme Les Nuls avec Chantal Lauby, Dominique Farrugia et Bruno Carette. Ils enchaînent les émissions avant de sortir leur premier film en 1994, La cité de la peur.
  • Il réalise son premier long métrage en 1997, Didier, dans lequel il incarne le rôle d'un labrador.
  • Passionné de BD, il rêve d'en devenir un auteur. Il adapte Astérix dans son film Astérix et Obélix : Mission Cléopâtre, en 2002. Il coécrit Le petit Nicolas en 2009 et réalise en 2012 Sur la piste du Marsupilami.
  • En 2018, il revient à la télévision avec une nouvelle version du jeu culte Burger Quiz.