Alain Chabat

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Alain Chabat
Chabat in 2006
Born (1958-11-24) 24 November 1958 (age 62)
OccupationActor, comedian, director, screenwriter, producer, television presenter
Years active1987–present

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.[1] Additionally, he voiced the title character in the French dubbing of the Shrek franchise.[citation needed]

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 Lame-os) 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 Notes
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
Parano Pilot
À la folie Thomas
One Night of Hypocrisy Short
1995 French Twist Laurent Lafaye Nominated - César Award for Best Actor
1996 Beaumarchais Courtier
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
1999 Trafic d'influence Priest
Mes amis Etienne
La débandade Specialist
2000 The Taste of Others Bruno Deschamps Nominated - César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Chlotrudis Award - Best Cast
Kitchendales Enzo's Mother Direct-to-video
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
2005 Papa Papa
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
Trésor Jean-Pierre
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
Les gamins Gilbert
Mood Indigo Jules Gouffé
2014 Reality Jason Tantra
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
2019 Play Max's father
#Jesuislà Stéphane
TBA Kaamelott - Premier Volet The Duke of Aquitaine
Incroyable mais vrai Films that have not yet been released Alain Post-production
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films not yet released


Year Title Role Notes
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
TV Movie
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
TV Movie
2011 Le grand restaurant II A Client TV Movie


  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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