Kad Merad

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Kad Merad
Kad-Le Petit Nicolas- Avant Première.jpg
Kad Merad at the premiere of Le Petit Nicolas in 2009
Born Kaddour Merad
(1964-03-27) 27 March 1964 (age 53)
Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director, producer
Years active 1991-present
Spouse(s) Emmanuelle Cosso-Mérad (1992–2012)
Partner(s) Julia Vignali (2014-present)
Children 1

Kad Merad (born Kaddour Merad; 27 March 1964) is a French-Algerian filmmaker and actor who has acted both on stage and on screen.

Life and career[edit]

Kad Merad was born in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, on 27 March 1964 to an Algerian father and a French mother.

During his teens, he played drums and sang with various rock bands. Soon afterwards, he started playing as an animator in Club Med alongside the Gigolo Brothers troop.

In 1990, he was hired by Ouï FM, the Paris Rock genre station where he met Olivier Baroux. The duet most known as Kad & Olivier began working together and started their own show, the Rock'n Roll Circus, introducing some of their most famous sketches (Pamela Rose, Teddy Porc Fidèle...). The early success of the show allowed them to meet Jean-Luc Delarue who brought their act to TV.

In 1999, they began appearing on the French Satellite TV channel Comédie+ on their own show, La Grosse Emission. At the same time, Merad started his Cinema career with a lot of secondary roles.

In 2003, he scored his First box-office success with Mais Qui a tué Pamela Rose?, co-written with Baroux.

In 2007, Kad received the César Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Je vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas! and appears in AaRON's film soundtrack video clip. His best challenger was Dany Boon. During the shooting of Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, this friendly struggle was a running joke between the two of them.

That same year, he made his first appearance with Les Enfoirés music troop and is still one of its members. He was also inducted as the Godfather of the Telethon.

The next year, he starred as Phillipe Abrams in the French movie Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. The film was a surprise - and phenomenal - success in France and Europe, becoming the best-attended movie ever made in France, with 21 million moviegoers.

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1991 Tribunal Ahmed Ben Mabrouk Georges Bensoussan TV Series (1 Episode)
1992 La Cavale des fous A cop Marco Pico
1992-96 Rock'n Roll Circus Host TV Show
1995 Dialogue au sommet Igor Xavier Giannoli Short
1996 Jour de chance au bâtiment C Lionel Gédébé Short
Also writer
1998 Les trente dernières minutes Darius Perrini Christophe Janin TV Series (26 Episodes)
1999 Jeu de vilains Monsieur Tosca Hervé Eparvier Short
Blague à part Maxwell François Greze TV Series (1 Episode)
1999-2001 La Grosse émission Host Virginie Lovisone TV Show
2001 La stratégie de l'échec Mr. Golden Dominique Farrugia
La grande vie ! The biker Philippe Dajoux
Faute de grive The man Patrick Bosso Short
Un gars, une fille The guy Francis Duquet TV Series (1 Episode)
La cape et l'épée Yaziz Bernard Faroux TV Series (1 Episode)
Caméra Café Various Francis Duquet (2) TV Series (2 Episodes)
2002 Les tombales Gustave Christophe Barratier Short
Visite guidée Gérard Lanza Caroline Roucoux & Hervé Thébault Short
2003 The Car Keys An actor Laurent Baffie
Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose ? Richard Bullit Éric Lartigau Also writer
Rien que du bonheur Pierre Denis Parent
Le pharmacien de garde The jurist Jean Veber
La beuze The artistic director François Desagnat & Thomas Sorriaux
Bloody Christmas The man Michel Leray Short
Samedi soir en direct Various Several TV Show
Also writer
Brother Bear Tuke Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker French Voice
Soyez prudents... Lionel Gédébé (2) TV Series (1 Episode)
2004 The Chorus Chabert Christophe Barratier (2)
Les Dalton The Mexican Philippe Haïm
Monde extérieur Bertrand David Rault Short
2005 Iznogoud Ouzmoutousouloubouloubombê Patrick Braoudé
Propriété commune Martin Michel Leray (2) Short
Toilet Zone Various Olivier Baroux TV Show
Also writer
2006 Don't Worry, I'm Fine Paul Tellier Philippe Lioret César Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Étoiles d'Or for Best Male Newcomer
Beyond the Ocean Tango's uncle Éliane de Latour
Un ticket pour l'espace Cardoux Éric Lartigau (2) Also writer
Essaye-moi Vincent Pierre-François Martin-Laval
J'invente rien Paul Thalman Michel Leclerc
Les irréductibles Gérard Mathieu Renaud Bertrand
Star Trek... ou presque Romain Protat TV Movie
Also writer
Brother Bear 2 Tuke Ben Gluck French Voice
Happy Feet Ramón George Miller French Voice
2007 Could This Be Love? Rachid Pierre Jolivet
3 amis Baptiste 'Titi' Capla Michel Boujenah
Pur week-end Frédéric 'Fred' Alvaro Olivier Doran
La tête de maman Jacques Charlot Carine Tardieu
Ce soir, je dors chez toi Jacques Olivier Baroux (2)
2008 Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis Philippe Abrams Dany Boon Nominated - Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Paris 36 Jacky Christophe Barratier (3)
Modern Love Olivier Stéphane Kazandjian
Mes stars et moi Robert Pelage Laetitia Colombani
2009 Little Nicholas Nicolas's father Laurent Tirard
Safari Richard Dacier Olivier Baroux (3)
R.T.T. Arthur Lepage Frédéric Berthe
2010 22 Bullets Tony Zacchia Richard Berry
Protéger & servir Michel Boudriau Éric Lavaine
L'Italien Mourad Ben Saoud / Dino Fabrizzi Olivier Baroux (4)
Megamind Megamind Tom McGrath French Voice
2011 The Well-Digger's Daughter Félipe Rambert Daniel Auteuil
Monsieur Papa Robert Pique Kad Merad
La nouvelle guerre des boutons Father Lebrac Christophe Barratier (4)
Les Tuche The fishmonger Olivier Baroux (5)
JC comme Jésus Christ Himself Jonathan Zaccaï
Happy Feet Two Ramon George Miller (2) French Voice
2012 Superstar Martin Kazinski Xavier Giannoli (2)
Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose ? Richard Bullit Kad Merad (2) & Olivier Baroux (6)
2013 The Big Bad Wolf Louis Delcroix Nicolas & Bruno
Des gens qui s'embrassent Roni Melkowich Danièle Thompson
2014 Supercondriaque Dr. Dimitri Zvenka Dany Boon (2)
Nicholas on Holiday Nicolas's father Laurent Tirard (2)
On a marché sur Bangkok Serge Renart Olivier Baroux (7)
Disparue en hiver Daniel Vernant Christophe Lamotte
2015 Bis Patrice Olesky Dominique Farrugia (2)
On voulait tout casser Kiki Philippe Guillard
Hotel Transylvania 2 Count Dracula Genndy Tartakovsky French Voice
Peplum Timo Philippe Lefebvre TV Series (1 Episode)
2016 Marseille Paolo Kad Merad (3)
La folle histoire de Max et Léon The actor Jonathan Barré
2016-17 Republican Gangsters Philippe Rickwaert Ziad Doueiri TV Series (8 Episodes)
ACS Award for Best Actor
2017 Alibi.com Monsieur Godet Philippe Lacheau
La Mélodie Simon Rachid Hami
Comme des rois Xabi Molia
2018 Brillantissime Doctor Steinman Michèle Laroque
Le Doudou Philippe Mechelen & Julien Hervé

Director / Writer[edit]

Year Title Notes
2011 Monsieur Papa
2012 Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose ?
2016 Marseille

Theater[edit]

Year Title Author Director Notes
1992 Histoires Camiques Sylvian Bruchon Michel Feder Théâtre le Funambule
2010 The Shop at the Corner of the Street Miklós László Jean-Luc Revol Théâtre de Paris
2016-17 Acting Xavier Durringer Xavier Durringer

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