|Occupation||Actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer, television presenter|
Alain Chabat (born 24 November 1958) is an Algerian-born French actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer and television presenter. He was originally known for his work in the comedy group Les Nuls, including as the co-writer and lead actor of La Cité de la peur (1994). He has since then become a notable filmmaker of his own, typically both writing and starring in the movies he directed, which include cult comedy films such as Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, RRRrrrr!!!, Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami and Santa & Cie.
He also appeared in French Twist, The Taste of Others, The Science of Sleep, Happily Ever After and the television series Kaamelott. Additionally, he voiced the title character in the French dubbing of the Shrek franchise.
Life and career
His media career began in 1987 when he founded the comedy group "Les Nuls" (The Lame-os) with Bruno Carette, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia. Les Nuls' first appearance on French television, on the subscriber channel Canal Plus, was a sci-fi spoof entitled Objectif Nul (a word play with Objectif Lune, the French title of the comic album Destination Moon, one of The Adventures of Tintin). The show shares striking similarities with the British TV series Red Dwarf, although both shows were released at roughly the same time and it is unlikely one influenced the other.
Both as a member of Les Nuls (in La Cité de la Peur) and in his solo efforts (including Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra, in which he both directed and acted), Chabat is one of the few French comedians who has managed to successfully emulate the heavily referential, pop-culture-based writing style of the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker trio and adapt it to the tastes of the French audience.
He co-starred in Happily Ever After (2004) and in Prête-moi ta main (2006) (which he also wrote) alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg. He played Napoleon Bonaparte in the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.
|1990||Baby Blood||Slained Passerby|
|1991||The Professional Secrets of Dr. Apfelgluck||Gérard Martinez|
|1992||Pizza blob||Professor Liégeois||Short|
|1994||La Cité de la peur||Serge Karamazov / Youri / Jacques||Also co-writer|
|À la folie||Thomas|
|One Night of Hypocrisy||Short|
|1995||French Twist||Laurent Lafaye||Nominated - César Award for Best Actor|
|Delphine 1, Yvan 0||Pierre Krief|
|1997||Didier||Didier / Didje Hazanavicius||Also director and writer|
César Award for Best Debut
Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
|Le cousin||Gérard Delvaux|
|1998||Quest for Camelot||Devon / Cornwall (voice)||French dub|
|2000||The Taste of Others||Bruno Deschamps||Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Nominated - Chlotrudis Award - Best Cast
|2001||L'art (délicat) de la séduction||Master Zen|
|Shrek||Shrek (voice)||French dub|
|2002||Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra||Julius Caesar||Also director, writer and co-producer|
Nominated - European Film Award - Best Actor
|2003||Chouchou||Stanislas de la Tour-Maubourg|
|Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches||Bernard|
|Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ?||Peter Mc Gray|
|The Car Keys||Dog Seller|
|2004||RRRrrrr!!!||Pierre the Medicine Man|
|Casablanca Driver||Doctor Brenson|
|Happily Ever After||Georges|
|Shrek 2||Shrek (voice)||French dub|
|2006||The Science of Sleep||Guy|
|I Do||Luis Costa||Also co-writer and producer|
Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
|2007||Garage Babes||Narrator/The Cacou||Direct-to-video|
|Shrek the Third||Shrek (voice)||French dub|
|2008||15 ans et demi||Norbert|
|Me Two||Gilles Gabriel||Also producer|
|Un monde à nous||English Teacher||Also producer|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Napoleon Bonaparte||Also French dub|
|Le siffleur||Tax Auditor|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Shrek (voice)||French dub|
|2011||War of the Buttons||Monsieur Labru|
|Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2||Silas (voice)||Short film, English and French dub|
|2012||A Thousand Words||Christian Léger de la Touffe||Also producer|
Also French dub
|Houba! On the Trail of the Marsupilami||Dan Geraldo||Also director, writer and producer|
|Ice Age: Continental Drift||Silas (voice)||English and French dub|
|2013||Turf||Nicos Fivos||Also producer|
|Mood Indigo||Jules Gouffé|
|Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods||Senator Prospectus (voice)|
|2017||Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets||Bob the Pirate|
|Santa & Cie||Santa||Also director, writer and producer|
|2018||Keep an Eye Out!||Screams of pain (voice)||Cameo|
|TBA||Kaamelott - Premier Volet||The Duke of Aquitaine|
|Incroyable mais vrai||Alain||Post-production|
|Denotes films not yet released|
|1987||Objectif: Nul||Capitain Lamar||TV Series|
|1989||Palace||Cédric||TV Series (1 Episode)|
|1990||Histoire(s) de la télévision||Roland Gilet||TV Series|
|1993||La Classe américaine||Deep Throat||Voice role|
|1998||Ivre mort pour la patrie||German General||TV Short|
|2001||La cape et l'épée||Minstrel||TV Series (2 Episodes)|
|Burger Quiz||Himself (host)||Broadcast: Canal + (2001–2002) / TMC (2018–present)|
Also co-creator and co-writer
|2006||Avez-vous déjà vu..?||Narrator/Various voices||TV Series (all episodes)|
|2007||Kaamelott||The Duke of Aquitaine||TV Series (4 Episodes)|
|2008||Rien dans les poches||Rita||Also producer|
|2011||Le grand restaurant II||A Client||TV Movie|
- "Alain Chabat". unifrance.org. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Un Nul bourré de talents". L'Express (in French). 24 January 2002. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
- ""Nulle part ailleurs", l'esprit potache du "Canal" historique". Le Figaro (in French). 13 August 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
- "Red Dwarf Saison 1". Devildead DVD (in French). 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Bienvenue chez les ZAZ !". Allociné (in French). 24 September 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- "Allocine Alain Chabat Récompenses". Allociné (in French). 16 May 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- Landesman, Cosmo (24 May 2009). "Night at the Museum 2". The Sunday Times. London: Times Newspapers. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
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