Dany Boon

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Dany Boon
Boon in 2018
Daniel Farid Hamidou

(1966-06-26) 26 June 1966 (age 57)
Occupation(s)Actor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1992–present
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
(m. 2003; div. 2018)
PartnerLaurence Arné (2018–)

Dany Boon (pronounced [dani bun]; born Daniel Farid Hamidou on 26 June 1966) is a French actor, film director, screenwriter and producer.

Starting out as a comedian during the 1990s, he found success in 2008 as an actor and director in the film comedy Welcome to the Sticks. Since then he has been involved as screenwriter or director or both in the films Nothing to Declare (2011), Supercondriaque (2014), Raid dingue (2017), La Ch'tite famille (2018), Stuck Together (2021) and Life for Real (2023).

Early life[edit]

Boon was born Daniel Farid Hamidou in a middle-class family in northern France. His father was born in 1930 in Issers, Algeria, and was Muslim,[1] and died in Lille, France in 1992. He was a boxer and a chauffeur. Boon's mother, Danièle Ducatel,[2] is from northern France. A Catholic, she was a stay-at-home mother.

He converted to Judaism (his wife's faith) in 2002.[3]

He studied graphic arts at the Institut Saint-Luc in Belgium.


Boon arrived in Paris in 1989, where he was a mime[4] in the streets for a living while appearing frequently on open mic nights at places like the Treviso theatre. He borrowed his stage name from a hero in the American television series Daniel Boone, which was about an American trapper.

He acted in several one-man shows.[5]

Boon is also a musician; he has done a version of "Piensa en mí"[6] ("Think of me").  He also writes his own songs, for example, "Le Blues du 'tiot poulet" ("The Chicken Blues").

After small roles in movies during the 1990s, he landed a role in the 1998 satire Bimboland, directed by Ariel Zeitoun. Boon is deeply attached to his native region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais. In 2003, he made a whole show in the local dialect of ch'ti, also known as Picard. Despite the use of dialectal language, 600,000 copies of the DVD (which included French subtitles) were sold. No previous DVD featuring a one-man show had sold as well in France.[citation needed] In 2004, he was part of the main cast in Pédale Dure,[7] directed by Gabriel Aghion, a critical and commercial flop. He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas), which was released internationally in 2005.

In February 2008, he acted and directed a movie titled Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis), which was a success in France and in other countries.[8] This comedy based on prejudices held about the region, went on to break French box office records. Two weeks after its release, the film had already been seen by five million people. After its fourth week, the figure had risen to 15 million, and by 11 April, the film had surpassed the viewing audience of La Grande Vadrouille, having been watched by more than 17.4 million people. He was the highest-paid actor in European film history, netting 26 million Euro (c. 33 million dollars).[9] He was the president of the 40th César Awards ceremony in 2015.[10] Boon was on the council of directors of the Pathé production company and has produced several films as actor, co-producer, screenwriter or director.[11] Boon had several production companies, including 26 DB Productions, in Los Angeles, California. They produce and distribute films and TV content.[12]

Boon was also directed by French filmmakers such as Jean-Pierre Jeunet in the 2009 movie Micmacs;[13] Danièle Thompson in 2009 Change of Plans;[14] A Perfect Plan[15] 2012 film directed by Pascal Chaumeil, Julie Delpy's movie Lolo[16] (2015) and Yvan Attal in 2016 film The Jews.[17]

Raid Dingue[18] was a 2016 comedy that was a big success with the viewers but failed to convince film critics. He was both screenwriter and director on this movie, and also starred in it. For this film Boon received the first  César du public in the history of French cinema: this new award is given to the French film with the biggest box office of the year. After Raid Dingue, Boon did his sixth movie, (La Ch’tite Famille) Family is Family. It came out in 2018, the 10 year anniversary of Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis.

In 2016 Boon starred in a film about anti-semitism in France, The Jews. In 2018,  his Netflix show, Des-hauts-de-France[19] premiered on Netflix. Boon voices the character of Olaf in the French dubbings of the Disney movies Frozen, Frozen 2, and The Adventures of Olaf "[20].

Personal life[edit]

He has four sons and a daughter from three different unions. With his first wife, he had Mehdi, his eldest son, born in 1997. With his second wife, Judith Godrèche, he had Noé, born on 4 September 1999. With his third wife, Yaël Harris, for whom he converted to Judaism in 2002,[21] he had Eytan, born 23 June 2005; Elia, born 20 December 2006 and Sarah, born 1 March 2010.[22]

In July 2022 Boon stated that that he was defrauded of €6 million by Irishman Terry Birles and was taking court action.[23]


Year Title Role Director
1996 Oui Wilfried Alexandre Jardin
2004 Shark Tale Frankie (French voice) Rob Letterman Bibo Bergeron Vicky Jenson
Joyeux Noël Private Ponchel Christian Carion
2005 The Valet Richard Francis Veber
La Maison du Bonheur Charles Boulin Dany Boon
2006 My Best Friend Bruno Bouley Patrice Leconte
2008 Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis Antoine Bailleul Dany Boon
Horton Hears a Who! Horton (French voice) Steve Martino Jimmy Hayward
De l'autre côté du lit Hugo Pascale Pouzadoux
Mia et le Migou le Migou (voice) Jacques-Rémy Girerd
2009 Micmacs Bazil Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Change of Plans Piotr Danièle Thompson
2010 Benvenuti al Sud the French tourist (cameo) Luca Miniero
2011 Nothing to Declare Mathias Ducatel Dany Boon
Zookeeper Donald the Monkey (French voice) Frank Coraci
2012 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Tetedepiaf Laurent Tirard
2012 Un plan parfait Jean-Yves Pascal Chaumeil
2013 Eyjafjallajökull Alain Alexandre Coffre
Frozen Olaf (French voice) Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
2014 Supercondriaque Romain Faubert Dany Boon
2015 Lolo Jean-René Julie Delpy
2016 The Jews Pascal Yvan Attal
The BFG The BFG (French voice) Steven Spielberg
Radin! François Gautier Fred Cavayé
2017 Raid dingue Eugène Froissard Dany Boon
2018 La Ch'tite famille Valentin Dany Boon[24][25]
2019 Murder Mystery Inspector Laurent Delacroix Kyle Newacheck
Frozen II Olaf (French voice) Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
2021 Stuck Together Martin Dany Boon
2022 Driving Madeleine (Une belle course) Charles Christian Carion
2023 The Crime Is Mine Palmarède François Ozon
Murder Mystery 2 Inspector Laurent Delacroix Jeremy Garelick
Life for Real Tridan Lagache Dany Boon
TBA Hitpig TBA [26]

One-man shows[edit]

  • Je vais bien, tout va bien (1992)
  • Chaud mais pas fatigué (Café de la Gare, 1993)
  • Dany Boon Fou ? (Théâtre Tristan-Bernard, Paris, 1994)
  • Dany Boon au Théâtre du Rond-Point (1995–96)
  • Les Zacros de la télé (1996)
  • Tout entier (1997)
  • Nouveau spétak (1998).
  • Au Bataclan (1998)
  • A French Comedian Lost in L.A. (Melrose Theater, Los Angeles) (2000)
  • En parfait état (2001)
  • A s'baraque et en ch'ti (2003)
  • Waïka (novembre 2006)
  • Trop stylé (novembre 2009)
  • Dany Boon: Des Hauts-De-France (2018)



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