Alain Chabat

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Alain Chabat
Chabat in 2006
Born (1958-11-24) 24 November 1958 (age 60)
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1987–present

Alain Chabat (born 24 November 1958) is a French actor, director, screenwriter 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!!! and HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami.

He also appeared in French Twist, The Taste of Others, The Science of Sleep, Happily Ever After and the television series Kaamelott.[1] Additionally, he voiced the character of Shrek in the French dubbing of the Shrek franchise.

Life and career[edit]

Chabat was born in Oran, French Algeria.[2] He is Jewish.[2]

His media career began in 1987 when he founded the comedy group "Les Nuls" (The Dummies) with Bruno Carette, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia.[3] 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.[citation needed] [4]

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.[citation needed] [5]

Chabat also voiced the title character in the French dubs of all four Shrek films, replacing Mike Myers. He won the César Award for Best Debut in 1998 for Didier.[6]

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.[7]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1987 Objectif: Nul Captain Lamar Several TV Series
1989 Palace Cédric Jean-Michel Ribes TV Series (1 Episode)
1990 Baby Blood The Slain Alain Robak
Histoire(s) de la télévision Roland Gilet Alain Berbérian & Alexis Bouriquet TV Series
1991 The Professional Secrets of Dr. Apfelgluck Gérard Martinez Alessandro Capone, Thierry Lhermitte, ...
1992 Pizza blob Professor Liégeois Nicolas Hourès Short
1993 La Classe américaine Voice Michel Hazanavicius & Dominique Mézerette TV Movie
1994 La Cité de la peur Serge Karamazov Alain Berbérian (2)
Parano The Pilot Alain Robak (2)
À la folie Thomas Diane Kurys
One Night of Hypocrisy Nicolas Hourès (2) & David Rudrauf Short
1995 French Twist Laurent Lafaye Josiane Balasko Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
1996 Beaumarchais The Courtier Édouard Molinaro
Delphine 1, Yvan 0 Pierre Krief Dominique Farrugia
Toniglandyl The Sick Man Myriam Isker TV Short
1997 Didier Didier Hazanavicius Alain Chabat Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
Le cousin Gérard Delvaux Alain Corneau
1998 Ivre mort pour la patrie The German General Vincent Hachet TV Short
1999 Trafic d'influence The Priest Dominique Farrugia (2)
Mes amis Etienne Michel Hazanavicius (2)
La débandade The Specialist Claude Berri
2000 The Taste of Others Bruno Deschamps Agnès Jaoui Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Chlotrudis Award - Best Cast
Kitchendales Enzo's Mother Chantal Lauby
2001 L'art (délicat) de la séduction Master Zen Richard Berry
La cape et l'épée The Minstrel Jean-Jacques Amsellem TV Series (2 Episodes)
2002 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Julius Caesar Alain Chabat (2) Nominated - European Film Award - Best Actor
Restauratec Jean-Pierre Ranu Nicolas Charlet & Bruno Lavaine TV Short
2003 Chouchou Stanislas de la Tour-Maubourg Merzak Allouache
Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches Bernard Chantal Lauby (2)
Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ? Peter Mc Gray Éric Lartigau
The Car Keys The Dog Seller Laurent Baffie
Perles à rebours Pierre Excoffier & François Hernandez Short
2004 RRRrrrr!!! Doctor Pierre Alain Chabat (3)
Casablanca Driver Doctor Brenson Maurice Barthélémy
Happily Ever After Georges Yvan Attal
2005 Papa Papa Maurice Barthélémy (2)
2006 The Science of Sleep Guy Michel Gondry
I Do Luis Costa Éric Lartigau (2) Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
Avez-vous déjà vu..? Narrator/Various voices Pierre-Alain Bloch TV Series (all episodes)
2007 Garage Babes The Cacou Julien Pelgrand
Kaamelott The Duke of Aquitaine Alexandre Astier TV Series (4 Episodes)
2008 15 ans et demi Norbert François Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
La personne aux deux personnes Gilles Gabriel Nicolas Charlet & Bruno Lavaine (2)
Un monde à nous The Englidh Teacher Frédéric Balekdjian
Rien dans les poches Rita Marion Vernoux TV Movie
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Napoleon Shawn Levy
Trésor Jean-Pierre Claude Berri (2) & François Dupeyron
Le siffleur The Taxes Controller Philippe Lefebvre
2011 La guerre des boutons Monsieur Labru Yann Samuell
Scrat's Continental Crack-Up: Part 2 Silas Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier Short
Le grand restaurant II A Client Gérard Pullicino TV Movie
2012 A Thousand Words Christian Léger de la Touffe Brian Robbins
HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami Dan Geraldo Alain Chabat (4)
Ice Age: Continental Drift Silas Steve Martino & Mike Thurmeier (2)
2013 Turf The Greek Fabien Onteniente
Les gamins Gilbert Anthony Marciano
Mood Indigo Gouffé Michel Gondry (2)
2014 Reality Jason Tantra Quentin Dupieux
Asterix: The Land of the Gods Senator Prospectus Alexandre Astier (2) & Louis Clichy
2017 Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Bob the Pirate Luc Besson
Santa & Cie Santa Alain Chabat (5)
2018 Au poste ! The scream (uncredited) Quentin Dupieux


  1. ^ "Alain Chabat". Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Un Nul bourré de talents". L'Express (in French). 24 January 2002. Retrieved 4 February 2010.
  3. ^ ""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.
  4. ^ "Red Dwarf Saison 1". Devildead DVD (in French). 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Bienvenue chez les ZAZ !". Allociné (in French). 24 September 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Allocine Alain Chabat Récompenses". Allociné (in French). 16 May 2006. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  7. ^ Landesman, Cosmo (24 May 2009). "Night at the Museum 2". The Sunday Times. London: Times Newspapers. Retrieved 4 February 2010.

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