Sy at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International
20 January 1978 |
Omar Sy (born 20 January 1978) is a French actor and comedian. He is best known for his duo with Fred Testot, Omar et Fred, and for his role in The Intouchables. He received a César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first black actor to win the French award.
Early life and education
The fourth of eight children, Omar Sy was born in Trappes in the Yvelines department, France. His parents are both immigrants from Africa. His Mauritanian mother worked as house-cleaner, and his Senegalese father worked in a factory. He has Fulani origins. He was raised in low-income suburban housing projects.
He started his career after high school in 1996 with Radio Nova as a comedian where he met his partner Fred Testot. Afterwards, he appeared in the TV show Le Cinéma de Jamel on Canal+, with Jamel Debbouze. He then created a TV show called Le Visiophon. This was followed by various TV and stage shows such as Je ne fais pas mon âge, Service après-vente des émissions, Omar et Fred: le spectacle. In 2005, Service après-vente des émissions was adapted into short sketches of 2 or 3 minutes on Canal+. (In 2012, Canal+ announced that the programme had been dropped from its schedule.)
He appeared in the television series Fort Boyard in 2006.
In 2011, he starred in The Intouchables, playing a streetwise young man who becomes the personal care assistant to a wealthy quadriplegic (played by François Cluzet). This film enjoyed tremendous popular success, with more than 19 million tickets sold. It topped the French box office in 2011 and became the best selling French film of all time at the French box office. As a result, Omar Sy was voted third favourite French personality behind Yannick Noah and Zinédine Zidane. The role earned him the 2012 Globe de Cristal for Best Actor. He also received a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor. He and co-star François Cluzet jointly were bestowed the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Additionally, he won the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for the same film.
In 2014, Sy appeared in X-Men: Days of Future Past, in which he played the role Bishop. He also stars in Samba, directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. He is a member of the cast of the fourth episode of the Jurassic Park saga, Jurassic World, which will be released in June 2015.
On 5 July 2007, he married Hélène, the mother of his four children, in Tremblay-sur-Mauldre. They were together ten years before marrying. The family resides in a house in Yvelines Montfort-Amaury.
|2000||Granturismo||Voice||Denis Thybaud||Short film|
|2001||La Tour Montparnasse Infernale||Taxi||Charles Nemes||film|
|La concierge est dans l'ascenseur||Olivier Coussemacq||Short film|
|Omar et Fred||Various characters||Short TV series|
|2002||The Race||UNO Seargent||Djamel Bensalah|
|Le Boulet||A Malian Guy||Alain Berberian
|Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra||Painter||Alain Chabat||Scenes deleted|
|Ces jours heureux||Brice||Olivier Nakache
|Si j'étais lui||Gabriel||Philippe Triboit||TV film|
|2003||La Beuze||Michel Dembélé||François Desagnat
|2004||Le Carton||Lorenzo||Charles Nemes|
|Coming-out||Max||Olivier Ayache-Vidal||Short film|
|2005–12||SAV des émissions||Various characters||TV series|
|2006||Les multiples||Jimmy (voice)||TV series|
|Nos jours heureux||Joseph||Olivier Nakache
|NRJ Ciné Awards – Most Promising Actor
Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for The Best Kiss (with Marilou Berry)
Nominated – Raimu de la Comédie for The Best Supporting Actor
|2007||Moot-Moot||Isidore (voice)||TV series|
|Garage Babes||Hamidou||Julien Pelgrand|
|2008||Seuls two||Sammy Bouglioni||Éric Judor
|Safari||Youssouf Hammal||Olivier Baroux|
|Tellement proches||Bruno||Olivier Nakache
|Envoyés très spéciaux||Jimmy||Frédéric Auburtin|
|King Guillaume||Jean Peter||Pierre-François Martin-Laval|
|Lascars||Narbé (voice)||Emmanuel Klotz
|La Loi de Murphy||Father Joachim Ortega||Christophe Campos|
|Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard||Snow (voice)||Luc Besson|
|2010||Le pas Petit Poucet||Grand Poucet||Christophe Campos||TV film|
|Allez raconte!||Voice||Jean-Christophe Roger|
|Histoires de vies||Mo||TV series (Episode : "Conte de la frustration")|
|2011||Les Tuche||Bouzolles's monk||Olivier Baroux|
|The Intouchables||Driss||Olivier Nakache
|César Award for Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Actor (Share with François Cluzet)
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Etoiles d'Or Award for Revelation of the Year
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
|Fish'n Chips||Fish||TV series (52 episodes)|
|2012||Les Seigneurs||Wéké N'Dogo||Olivier Dahan|
|Mais qui a retué Pamela Rose ?||Mosby||Olivier Baroux
|De l'autre côté du périph||Ousmane Diakhaté||David Charhon|
|Bref||Himself||TV series (Episode: "Y'a des gens qui m'énervent")|
|Crazy Pink Limo||The philosopher chippendale||Joséphine de Meaux||Short film|
|2013||Mood Indigo||Nicolas||Michel Gondry|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past||Bishop||Bryan Singer|
|Good People||Khan||Henrik Ruben Genz|
|2015||Samba||Samba Cissé||Olivier Nakache
|Candy Store||Chiddybang||Stephen Gaghan||Pre-production|
|African Dream||Omar Sy||Announced|
|Jurassic World||Colin Trevorrow||Post-production|
|Chocolat||Clown Chocolate||Roschdy Zem||Announced|
- Biography on Première.fr
- Beardsley, Eleanor (28 June 2012). "In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place". NPR.org (National Public Radio). Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- "Omar Sy, den orörbara!" [Omar Sy, the untouchable!]. AzurCultures.com (in Swedish). 10 January 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- Lodge, Guy (3 December 2012). "Satellite Award noms run the gamut from 'Silver Linings Playbook' to 'Skyfall'". Hitfix.com. Archived from the original on 27 March 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- Fritz, Ben (22 May 2014). "‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: A Guide to the Mutants". Speakeasy blog. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
- "Omar Sy Et Sa Femme Helene : Un Couple Amoureux En 5 Infos" [Omar Sy and His Wife Helene: A Loving Couple — 5 Facts]. PureTrend.com (in French). 22 June 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
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