Alain Chabat

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Alain Chabat
Chabat at the "Salon du Cinéma" in Paris, 14 January 2006
Born (1958-11-24) 24 November 1958 (age 56)
Oran, French Algeria
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active 1987–present

Alain Chabat (born 24 November 1958) is a French actor and director who appeared in La Cité de la peur, French Twist, The Taste of Others, The Science of Sleep, and Happily Ever After.[1]

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 three 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]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1991 Les secrets professionnels du Dr Apfelglück Gérard Martinez
1994 À la folie Thomas Diane Kurys
1994 La Cité de la peur Serge Karamazov / Yuri / journalist Alain Berbérian
1995 French Twist Laurent Lafaye Josiane Balasko
1996 Beaumarchais the courtier at Versailles Édouard Molinaro
1997 Le cousin Gérard Delvaux Alain Corneau
2000 The Taste of Others Bruno Deschamps Agnès Jaoui
2001 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Julius Caesar himself
2003 Chouchou Stanislas Merzak Allouache
The Car Keys the dog breeder Laurent Baffie
Laisse tes mains sur mes hanches Bernard Chantal Lauby
2004 Happily Ever After Georges Yvan Attal
2004 RRRrrrr!!! Pierre himself
2006 The Science of Sleep Guy Michel Gondry
2006 I Do Luis Costa Éric Lartigau
2009 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Napoleon Shawn Levy
2012 A Thousand Words Christian Léger de la Touffe Brian Robbins
2012 Sur la piste du Marsupilami Dan Geraldo himself
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Silas Voice
2013 Mood Indigo Jules Gouffé Michel Gondry
2014 Reality Jason Tantra Quentin Dupieux


  1. ^ "Alain Chabat". Retrieved 2014-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Un Nul bourré de talents". L'Express (in French). 24 January 2002. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  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 2010-02-04. 
  4. ^ "Red Dwarf Saison 1". Devildead DVD (in French). 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Bienvenue chez les ZAZ !". Allociné (in French). 24 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  6. ^ "Allocine Alain Chabat Récompenses". Allociné (in French). 16 May 2006. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  7. ^ Landesman, Cosmo (24 May 2009). "Night at the Museum 2". The Sunday Times (London: Times Newspapers). Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

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