Jamel Debbouze

With his hilarious take on everything from pop culture to politics, Jamel Debbouze established a renowned comedic career in his native France. Born on June 18, 1975 to Moroccan immigrants, Debbouze was raised in a ... Read more »
Born: 06/17/1975

Filmography

Actor (15)

Né quelque part 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

360 2012 (Movie)

Algerian Man (Actor)

Chicken with Plums 2012 (Movie)

The Beggar and Houshang (Actor)

Sur la piste du Marsupilami 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hollywoo... 2011 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Let It Rain 2010 (Movie)

Karim (Actor)

Outside the Law 2010 (Movie)

Said (Actor)

Asterix at the Olympic Games 2008 (Movie)

Numérobis (Actor)

Angel-A 2007 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Days of Glory 2006 (Movie)

Said (Actor)

The Car Keys 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra 2002 (Movie)

Numerobis (Actor)

Amélie 2001 (Movie)

Lucien (Actor)

The Sky, The Birds, Your Mother! 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Zonzon 1998 (Movie)

Kader (Actor)
Producer (3)

Né quelque part 2013 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Because We Were Born 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Days of Glory 2006 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)
Director (1)

Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With his hilarious take on everything from pop culture to politics, Jamel Debbouze established a renowned comedic career in his native France. Born on June 18, 1975 to Moroccan immigrants, Debbouze was raised in a one-room flat in Paris along with 15 siblings. At age 15, he lost use of his right arm after a train hit him while he was playing near a railroad track. Debbouze entered show business by performing stand-up comedy at local cafes and theaters, before going on to work as a radio host. He parlayed his success on the radio into a television career, appearing on the comedy series "H" (Canal +, 1998-2001) and the talk show "Tout le monde en parle" (1998-2006). He made his film debut in "Two Dads and One Mom" (1996), but it was the hit romantic comedy "Amélie" (2001) that gave the actor his first taste of international recognition. Debbouze played the bullied grocer's assistant Lucien opposite Audrey Tautou. He further made his mark in French cinema by playing a hapless architect in "Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra" (2002) and its 2008 sequel. He landed his first U.S. film role in 2004 with a bit part in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me." Debbouze often showcased his dramatic side, including playing a small-time crook in Luc Besson's "Angel-A" (2005) and a war hero in "Days of Glory" (2006). In 2012, he returned to his comedic roots in the adventure film "HOUBA! On the Trail of the Marsupilami."

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