Kad Merad

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kad Merad
Kad-Le Petit Nicolas- Avant Première.jpg
Kad Merad at the premiere of Le Petit Nicolas in 2009
Born Kaddour Merad
(1964-03-27) 27 March 1964 (age 50)
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director, producer
Years active 1991-present

Kad Merad (born as Kaddour Merad in 27 March 1964) is a French-Algerian actor who has acted both on stage and on screen.

Biography[edit]

Kad Merad was born in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, on March 27, 1964 to an Algerian father and a French mother.

During his teens, he played drums and sang with various rock bands. Soon afterwards, he started playing as an animator in Club Med alongside the Gigolo Brothers troop.

In 1990, he was hired by Ouï FM, the Paris Rock genre station where he met Olivier Baroux. The duet most known as Kad & Olivier began working together and started their own show, the Rock'n Roll Circus, introducing some of their most famous sketches (Pamela Rose, Teddy Porc Fidèle...). The early success of the show allowed them to meet Jean-Luc Delarue who brought their act to TV.

In 1999, they began appearing on the French Satellite TV channel Comédie+ on their own show, La Grosse Emission. At the same time, Merad started his Cinema career with a lot of secondary roles.

In 2003, he scored his First box-office success with Mais Qui a tué Pamela Rose?, co-written with Baroux.

In 2007, Kad received the César Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Je vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas! and appears in AaRON's film soundtrack video clip. His best challenger was Dany Boon. During the shooting of Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, this friendly struggle was a running joke between the two of them.

That same year, he made his first appearance with Les Enfoirés music troop and is still one of its members. He was also inducted as the Godfather of the Telethon.

The next year, he starred as Phillipe Abrams in the French movie Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. The film was a surprise - and phenomenal - success in France and Europe, becoming the best-attended movie ever made in France, with 21 million moviegoers.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Short[edit]

Voice actor[edit]

Scriptwriter[edit]

Award[edit]

César Award for Best Supporting Actor for "Je vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas"

External links[edit]