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Alain Chabat
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Alain Chabat

One of France's most popular comedians, Alain Chabat has had a celebrated and prolific career as an actor, writer, director, and producer. He is best known in the US for his roles in A Taste of Others, Happily Ever After, and French Twist.

Born in Oran, Algeria in 1958, Chabat moved with his family to France in 1963. After a brief stint as a rock ‘n' roll musician, Chabat joined his friends Bruno Carette, Chantal Lauby and Dominique Farrugia, to form the comedy group Les Nuls, with whom he wrote and performed on numerous TV series in the late 1980's. After appearing in numerous films, Chabat joined the remaining three partners in Les Nuls to write and appear in the hit film La Cité de la Peur (1994). On his own, Chabat received a César nomination as Best Actor for his performance in Josiane Balasko's French Twist, before writing, directing and starring in Didier in 1997. The story of a dog who turns into a man, Didier won Chabat the César for Best First Film and a nomination as Best Actor. His subsequent films as a writer-director are the TV documentaries Bricol' Girls and Authentiques, and the feature films Asterix & Obelix Meet Cleopatra (also played Julius Caesar) and RRRrrr!, a zany caveman comedy in which he appears with Gerard Depardieu and Jean Rochefort.

Chabat's numerous credits as an actor include Le Cousin, La Débandade, The Taste of Others (César nomination as Best Supporting Actor), Art (délicat) de la séduction, Chouchou, Laisse tes mains sure mes hanches (directed by Les Nuls' Chantal Lauby), Perles à Rebours, Happily Ever After, and Papa. He also voiced the French language version of Shrek. Upcoming for Chabat is Rent a Wife, which he wrote and stars opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Alain Chabat Facts

OccupationActor, Comedian
BirthdayNovember 24, 1958 (64)
BirthplaceOran, Algeria

Selected Filmography

Not available.