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Gad Elmaleh, 2007
April 19, 1971
Gad Elmaleh (French pronunciation: [gad ɛl.ma.lɛ] ; born April 19, 1971) is a Moroccan and French 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.
Early years 
Elmaleh was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He is Jewish and was brought up in a mixed cultural background, speaking Moroccan Arabic, Hebrew and French. He studied a few years in Morocco at Lycee Lyautey in Casablanca before he studied political science in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Personal life 
- Les soeurs d'Hamlet (1996), plays the role of Hamlet
- XXL (1997) with Catherine Jacob, Michel Boujenah, Gérard Depardieu
- Salut cousin ! (1997): plays the role of Allilou
- Vive la République ! (1997)
- Man Is a Woman (1998) with Antoine de Caunes, Elsa Zylberstein
- Train of Life (1998) with Lionel Abelanski, Rufus
- On fait comme on a dit (1999)
- Deuxième vie (2000)
- Doctor Dolittle 2 (2000), french voice of Archie
- Les Gens en maillot de bain ne sont pas (forcément) superficiels (2001), plays the role of Jimmy
- La Vérité si je mens! 2 (2001) with Richard Anconina, José Garcia, Bruno Solo, Gilbert Melki
- A+ Pollux (2002) with Cécile De France
- Chouchou (2003) with Alain Chabat, also screnwriter
- Les 11 commandements (2004) with Michaël Youn
- Ole! with Gérard Depardieu (2005)
- The Valet with Alice Taglioni, Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, Virginie Ledoyen, Kristin Scott Thomas (2005)
- Priceless (2005) with Audrey Tautou
- Comme ton père (2007) with Richard Berry
- Coco (2009), also director and screenwriter
- The Round Up (2009)
- Despicable Me (2010), french voice of Gru
- La Rafle (2010) with Mélanie Laurent, Jean Reno
- Midnight in Paris (2011)
- A Monster in Paris (2011), french and original voice of Raoul
- The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
- Jack & Jill (2011), cameo
- Happiness Never Comes Alone (2012)
- Le Capital (2012) with Gabriel Byrne
- Les Seigneurs (2012) with José Garcia, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Joey Starr
- The Dictator (2012), cameo
- Mood Indigo (2013)
- Jewish Journal: "Film fest gala a spicy melting pot for Sephardic Jews" By Danielle Berrin November 16, 2010
- Ivry, Benjamin (May 27. 2009). "Gadding About". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved June 3, 2009.
- Lebanon news – NOW Lebanon -Who is Gad Elmaleh?. NOW Lebanon (2009-07-03). Retrieved on 2011-07-04.
- French comedians added to Woody Allen cast Hollywood Reporter. July 13, 2010
- "Who Is Gad Elmaleh?". February 19, 2009.
- 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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