Kad Merad at the premiere of Le Petit Nicolas in 2009
27 March 1964
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, film director, producer|
Life and career
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.
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.
- 1999: Born in the USA
- 2001: La Grande Vie ! - a motorcycle police officer
- 2003: Bloody Christmas - a man
- 2003: Le Pharmacien de garde - the coroner
- 2003: La Beuze - the CEO at Pacific Recordings
- 2003: Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ? - Richard Bullit
- 2003: Rien que du bonheur - Pierre
- 2003: Les Clefs de bagnole - an actor whor refuses to work with Laurent (cameo)
- 2004: Les Choristes - Chabert
- 2004: Monde extérieur - Bertrand
- 2004: Les Dalton, directed by Philippe Haïm - a Mexican prisoner
- 2005: Iznogoud, directed by Patrick Braoudé - the ingenious Ouzmoutousouloubouloubombê
- 2005: Propriété commune - Martin
- 2005: Les Oiseaux du ciel - Tango's uncle
- 2006: Un ticket pour l'espace - Cardoux
- 2006: Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas, directed by Philippe Lioret - Paul
- 2006: J'invente rien - Paul Thalman
- 2006: Les Irréductibles - Gérard Mathieu
- 2006: Essaye-moi - Vincent
- 2007: Je crois que je l'aime - Rachid
- 2007: La Tête de maman - Jacques
- 2007: Pur week-end - Frédéric Alvaro
- 2007: 3 amis - Baptiste 'Titi' Capla
- 2007: Ce soir je dors chez toi - Jacques
- 2008: Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis - Phillipe Abrams
- 2008: Faubourg 36 - Jacky
- 2009: Le Petit Nicolas - Nicolas's father
- 2009: L'italien - Mourad Ben Saoud
- 2010: 22 Bullets - Tony Zacchia
- 2011: La fille du puisatier - Daniel Auteuil
- 2011 : La nouvelle guerre des boutons - Father Lebrac
- 2011 : Les Tuche - Bouzolles's fishmonger
- 2012: Superstar - Martin Kazinski
- 2013: Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose ? - Richard Bullit
- 2014: Supercondriaque - Dr. Dimitri Zvenka
- 2014: Nicholas on Holiday - Nicolas's father
- 1995: Dialogue au sommet, directed by Xavier Giannoli - Igor
- 1996: Jour de chance au bâtiment C, directed by Lionel Gedèbe
- 1999: Jeu de vilains, directed by Hervé Eparvier - Monsieur Tosca
- 2001: Faute de grive, directed by Patrick Bosso
- 2001: Les Tombales, directed by Christophe Barratier - Gustave
- 2002: Visite guidée, directed by Caroline Roucoux and Hervé Thébault - Gérard Lanza, real estate broker
- 2002: Bloody Christmas, directed by Michel Leray
- 2011: monsieur papa, directed by himself
- 2003: Frère des ours (Brother bear), directed by Aaron Blaise and Bob Walker - Truc, l'un des élans avec Muche
César Award for Best Supporting Actor for "Je vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas"
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