Patrick Bruel

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Patrick Bruel
Patrick Bruel Cabourg 2012.jpg
Bruel in 2012
Born (1959-05-14) 14 May 1959 (age 56)
Tlemcen, French Algeria[1][2][3]
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1979–present
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 10
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
428th, 2009
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 2
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1

Patrick Bruel (French: [patʁik bʁyɛl]; born Patrick Benguigui [bɛnɡiɡi] on 14 May 1959) is a French singer, actor, and professional poker player of Jewish[4] descent.

Life and career[edit]

Patrick is the son of Pierre Benguigui and Augusta Kammoun, daughter of Elie and Céline ben Sidoun. His family became French in 1870 when the Crémieux Decree granted full French citizenship to the indigenous Jews of Algeria.

Although Bruel aspired to be a football star in his youth, he decided to pursue singing after seeing Michel Sardou in 1975. His first success came as an actor, however, in 1979's Le Coup de sirocco. He continued acting in films, on television and in the theater while pursuing his singing career. His first single, "Vide" ("Empty"), released in 1982, was not a success, but the follow-up, "Marre de cette nana-là" ("Fed up with that chick"), was a hit.

In 2003, he had his last name officially changed to Bruel-Benguigui, his stage name with his birthname, before his partner, the writer and playwright Amanda Sthers, gave birth to his first child, Oscar, on 19 August. On 21 September 2004, he wed the 24-year-old Sthers; it is his first marriage. His second child, Léon was born on 28 September 2005. The couple separated in 2007.

As of 2004 Bruel has acted in more than 40 different television and film productions and made five studio albums and several live albums. In 2002 Bruel released Entre Deux, a double CD of classic chanson that features duets with Charles Aznavour, Jean-Louis Aubert, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Alain Souchon and Renaud, among others. It sold two million copies and made Bruel France's best paid singer of the year. At the beginning of 2005, in response to the South Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004, Bruel wrote the song "Et puis la terre" to benefit the Red Cross. His latest album "Des souvenir devant" was his 4th charttopper in France.

In addition to acting and singing, Bruel is a world class professional poker player. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1998 for the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event. As of 2009 he has earned more than $900,000 in live tournament play.[5] His 10 cashes at the WSOP account for $411,659 of those winnings.[6] He also comments the World Poker Tour in his home country.

World Series of Poker bracelet[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1998 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $224,000




Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Chart
1982 Vide
1984 De face 32
1989 Alors, regarde 1 35
1994 Bruel 2 47
1995 Plaza de los héroes
1999 Juste avant 1 1 32 43
2002 Entre deux 1 1 2 49
2006 Des Souvenirs devant 1 1 6 69
2012 Lequel de nous 1 1 58 7
2015 Très souvent, je pense à vous... 5[7] 4 119 6

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Chart
1987 À tout à l'heure
1991 Si ce soir... 1 51
1995 On s'était dit... 25 9
2001 Rien ne s'efface... 2 1 12
2003 Entre deux à l'Olympia 21 16
2007 Des Souvenirs... ensemble 12 8 45
2009 Seul... ou presque 9 3 41
2014 Live 2014 6 4 119 25


Year Album Chart
2001 L'Essentiel 81
2003 Les Talents essentiels 23
2004 Puzzle 1 2 21
2007 S'laisser aimer (3 cd)


Year Single Chart Album
1984 "Marre de cette nana-là !" De face
1985 "Comment ça va pour vous ?" 27
1986 "Non, j'veux pas"
"J'roule vers toi"
1987 "Tout l'monde peut s'tromper"
1989 "Casser la voix" 3 77 Alors regarde
1990 "J'te l'dis quand même" 12
"Alors regarde" 3
1991 "Place des grands hommes..." 4
"Décalé" 15 66
"Qui a le droit..." (Live) 1 Si ce soir...
1992 "Casser la voix" (Live) 8
"J'te l'dis quand même" (Live) 45
"Décalé" (Live)
(Patrick Bruel with Mariza Corréa)
"Elle m'regardait comme ça" 82 Alors regarde / Si ce soir...
1994 "Bouge!" 22 Bruel
"Combien de murs..." 8
"Pars pas..."
1995 "J'suis quand même là"
1996 "Pour exister" (Live) 18 On s'était dit...
1999 "J'te mentirais..." 81 Juste avant
2000 "Pour la vie" 13 22 90 92
"Au Café des délices" 13 20
"Tout s'efface" 36 32 95
2002 "Mon Amant de Saint Jean" 14 33 Entre deux
"La Complainte de la butte"
(Patrick Bruel & Francis Cabrel)
(Patrick Bruel & Charles Aznavour)
2006 "J'm'attendais pas à toi" 39 Des Souvenirs devant
2008 "Raconte-moi" 68 Des Souvenirs... ensemble
2009 "Combien de murs..." (Live) Seul... ou presque
2012 "Lequel de nous" 35 32
2015 "Pourquoi ne pas y croire..."
(Patrick Bruel, Youness El Guezouli & Idan Raichel)
(Patrick Fiori & Patrick Bruel)
Featured in and collective collaborations
Year Single Chart Album
2006 "Dit is mijn stem (Casser la voix)"
(Xander de Buisonjé feat. Patrick Bruel)
64 Succes
(Xander de Buisonjé album)
2009 "Je n'attendais que vous"
(Christophe Maé, Catherine Lara, Maurane, Patrick Bruel)
38 2009: Les Enfoirés font leur cinéma
2010 "Parce que c'est toi"
(Grégoire, Zazie, Patrick Bruel, Natasha St-Pier)
30 2010: Les Enfoirés... la crise de nerfs!
2013 "Un arc en ciel" (Téléthon 2013)
(Bénabar, Bruel, Cali & Marina )


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  5. ^ Hendon Mob tournament results
  6. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings,
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Michel Sardou
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

Succeeded by
Alain Bashung