May 17, 1954
Jean-Marie Bigard (born May 17, 1954 in Troyes, France) is a French comedian and actor. Known for his often controversial humour, he has performed at some of the largest entertainment facilities in France, including the Palais omnisports at Paris-Bercy and the Stade de France. Bigard is a close friend of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whom he accompanied on an official visit to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
The fourth child in a family of humble origins, he spent his childhood summer holidays on a farm owned by his maternal grandparents in the Aube province of France.
An awkward and unpopular child at school, Bigard often uses his shows to play on the sensitivities and difficulties of childhood and growing into maturity. In his fourth year of High School, he transferred to the private college of Mesnil-Saint-Loup.
His diligence and success in the practice of handball earned him the praise of his elder brother and the pride of his father when he was selected in the junior team of the Nord-Est de la France. His team went on to win the tournament.
Jean-Marie Bigard married Claudia Bigard in February 1991. They divorced in August 2009. He then married the comedienne Lola Marois in May 2011. The couple have one child, Sasha, born on June 19, 2009.
- 1988 : The big blues : Ronald
- 1991 : The devil in my skin : Cortex
- 1995 : Playback : Shabbar
- 1996 : Click charnel : Matthew
- 2002 : And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen : Dr. Lamy [Pharmacist]
- 2013 : Star 90's : Manu Wilson
- 1989 : On se Calme by Bassline Boys
- 1993 : Sing Halleyuah by Dr Alban
- 1994 : Like to move it by Real 2 Real feat The Mind Square
Views on the September 11 attacks
In September 2008, Bigard claimed that the September 11 attacks on the US seven years earlier were an "enormous lie" orchestrated by the American government. He said that he was "... absolutely sure and certain" that the US government had stage-managed the attacks.
Later, in a statement to Agence France-Presse, Bigard said that he wanted to "apologise to everyone". He also said: "I will never speak again about the events of 11 September. . . I will never express any more doubts." He stopped short, however, of saying that he accepted that his comments were untrue.
On October 28, 2009, accompanied by Mathieu Kassovitz, Bigard participated on a TV show (France 2) in which he said there was no proof of Ben Laden's culpability in the attacks, neither any images (and proof) about an airplane crashing on the Pentagon.
- "Biographie Jean-Marie Bigard : age, poids, taille, métier, date de naissance..." (in French). Retrieved 30 March 2011.
- Jean-Marie Bigard, Lionel Duroy (2007). Rire pour ne pas mourir. Oh! Éditions. p. 11. ISBN 978-2-915056-41-9.
- A Lowbrow in High Office Ruffles France (New York Times)
- "Jean-Marie Bigard sur le 11 septembre: "Je demande pardon"". La Depeche. September 9, 2008. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
- Lichfield, John (September 10, 2008). "Sarkozy's comic friend says sorry for 9/11 comments". The Independent. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
- "Sarkozy visite le pape avec Jean-Marie Bigard". Agoravox. Dec. 20, 2007. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
- Kimmelmann, Michael (April 14, 2008). "Sarkozy and the embarrassment quotient". New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2009.
- Virone, Letzia (July 29, 2009). "Jean-Marie Bigard enfin papa". Le Soir. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
- "11/09 : ceux qui y croient...ou un peu". Nouvel Observateur. July 21, 2009. Retrieved August 15, 2009.
- Bigard, Jean-Marie. "Mes fameuses vidéos". Retrieved August 15, 2009.
- «L'objet du scandale» : sophismes bruyants, Le Figaro, 30 octobre 2009