Gad Elmaleh

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Gad Elmaleh
ELMALEH Gad-24x30-2007.jpg
Gad Elmaleh, 2007
Born (1971-04-19) April 19, 1971 (age 43)
Casablanca, Morocco
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1994 - present
Partner(s) Charlotte Casiraghi
Children Noé and Raphaël
Parents David Elmaleh
Régine Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh (Hebrew: גד אלמלח; Arabic: جاد المالح‎; French pronunciation: ​[ɡad‿ɛlmalɛ]; born April 19, 1971) is a Moroccan Sephardic Jewish stand-up comedian and actor who lives and works in France. He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, La Doublure and Midnight in Paris.

Early years[edit]

Elmaleh was born in Casablanca, Morocco. Being a Moroccan Sephardic Jew,[1] Gad Elmaleh was brought up in a culturally diverse environment, speaking Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew and French. Son of David Elmaleh and Régine Elmaleh. He has a brother, Arié, actor and singer, and a sister, Judith, actress and stage director. He studied a few years in Morocco at Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca[2] before he studied political science in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama.

In 1987, at age 16, Gad left Morocco to study political science at the University of Montreal (Quebec), and then moved to France in 1992 in Paris to follow his artistic training in Florent for two and a half years free class he gets with his friend the writer Swiss Sebastien Ripari. Since 1997, he is the patron of the association The Silence of the Righteous, which helps children with autism and psychosis. In 2006, he is the godfather of Act React, a CD to help victims of the earthquake that shook the region of Al-Hoceima, Morocco February 24, 2004. On 22 March 2006 he was knighted of Arts and Letters by Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres. And April 4, 2011, he was made an Officer of Arts and Letters by the Minister Frederic Mitterrand. On 16 June 2007, he received an honorary master's degree in humanities and social sciences at Al-Akhawayn in Ifrane, Morocco. He is the sponsor of Telethon 2011, presented by Nagi and Sophie Davant on channels group France Télévisions. Proud of his Jewish and Moroccan origins, he stood for a possible meeting of the Arab and Jewish communities

His first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1997, was autobiographical.[citation needed]

At the Olympia


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.[citation needed]. 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.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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.[3]

Elmaleh was scheduled to perform in the 2009 Beiteddine Festival in Lebanon on July 13–15.[4]

In 2011, he had a small role in Woody Allen's Paris-set feature, Midnight in Paris.[5] He also appeared in the motion capture film The Adventures of Tintin, alongside Jamie Bell. The film, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, was released on October 26, 2011 in Belgium and on December 23, 2011 in the United States. The same year, he also starred in Jack & Jill as Al Pacino's French cook. In 2012, he had a small role in The Dictator.

In 2013, he appeared on Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

His latest show is called Sans Tambour (Drumless, which is a pun in French, on the words 'tabou' and 'tambour'). He will travel all around France and make the show in biggest cities (Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Lille etc..), from 25/11/14 to 20/12/14.

Personal life[edit]

He lived with French actress Anne Brochet from 1998 to 2002. They have one son, Noé.[6] The story of their relationship and breakup was told in Brochet's book Trajet d'une amoureuse éconduite.

From 2009 to 2010, his partner was the French journalist Marie Drucker. He has been in a relationship with Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of the Hereditary Princess of Monaco, since 2011. Their son, Raphaël, was born on 17 December 2013.[7][8][9]



  1. ^ Jewish Journal: "Film fest gala a spicy melting pot for Sephardic Jews" By Danielle Berrin November 16, 2010
  2. ^ Lycée Lyautey (Casablanca)
  3. ^ a b Ivry, Benjamin (May 27, 2009). "Gadding About". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
  4. ^ Lebanon news – NOW Lebanon -Who is Gad Elmaleh?. NOW Lebanon (July 3, 2009). Retrieved on 2011-07-04.
  5. ^ French comedians added to Woody Allen cast Hollywood Reporter. July 13, 2010
  6. ^ "Who Is Gad Elmaleh?". February 19, 2009. 
  7. ^ Peter Mikelbank, Paul Chi (August 6, 2013). "Charlotte Casiraghi Is Engaged and Expecting". Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Charlotte Casiraghi seen shopping for baby clothes". Hello! Magazine. August 5, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ “Monaco : Charlotte Casiraghi et Gad Elmaleh prénomment leur fils Raphaël”
  10. ^ Jay A. Fernandez, Borys Kit (January 27, 2009). "Daniel Craig to star in "Tintin"". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 27, 2009. [dead link]

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