Kad Merad

French comedian Kad Merad rose swiftly from radio and television to feature films, where he displayed a talent for both comedies like "Welcome to the Sticks" (2008) and intimate dramas like "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" ... Read more »
Born: 03/27/1964 in Sidi Bel Abbes, , DZ

Filmography

Actor (38)

Marseille 2016 (Movie)

Paolo (Actor)

Bis 2015 (Movie)

Patrice Olesky (Actor)

Disparue en hiver 2015 (Movie)

Daniel Vernant (Actor)

On voulait tout casser 2015 (Movie)

Kiki (Actor)

Les vacances du petit Nicolas 2014 (Movie)

Le père de Nicolas (Actor)

On a marché sur Bangkok 2014 (Movie)

Serge Renart (Actor)

Supercondriaque 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Dimitri Zvenka (Actor)

22 Bullets 2013 (Movie)

Tony Zakia (Actor)

Le Grand méchant loup 2013 (Movie)

Louis Delcroix (Actor)

Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose? 2012 (Movie)

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Play It Like Godard 2012 (Movie)

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Superstar 2012 (Movie)

Martin Kazinski (Actor)

The War of the Buttons 2012 (Movie)

Lebrac's Father (Actor)

The Well Digger's Daughter 2012 (Movie)

Felipe (Actor)

Les Tuche 2011 (Movie)

Le poissonnier de Bouzolles (Actor)

Monsieur Papa 2011 (Movie)

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L' Italien 2010 (Movie)

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Protéger et servir 2010 (Movie)

Michel Boudriau (Actor)

Le petit Nicolas 2009 (Movie)

Nicolas's father (Actor)

Paris 36 2009 (Movie)

Jacky Jacquet (Actor)

RTT 2009 (Movie)

Arthur Lepage (Actor)

Safari 2009 (Movie)

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Bienvenue Chez Les Ch'tis 2008 (Movie)

Philippe Abrams (Actor)

Mes Stars et moi 2008 (Movie)

Robert Pelage (Actor)

Modern Love 2008 (Movie)

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3 Amis 2007 (Movie)

Baptiste (Actor)

Ce Soir, Je Dors Chez Toi 2007 (Movie)

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Je Crois Que Je L'Aime 2007 (Movie)

Rachid (Actor)

La Tete De Maman 2007 (Movie)

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Pur Week-End 2007 (Movie)

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Birds of Heaven 2006 (Movie)

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Essaye-moi 2006 (Movie)

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J'Invente Rien 2006 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Je Vais Bien, Ne T'En Fais Pas 2006 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Les Irreductibles 2006 (Movie)

Gerard (Actor)

Iznogoud 2005 (Movie)

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The Daltons 2004 (Movie)

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Mais qui a tué Pamela Rose? 2003 (Movie)

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Director (3)

Marseille 2016 (Movie)

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Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose? 2012 (Movie)

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Monsieur Papa 2011 (Movie)

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Biography

French comedian Kad Merad rose swiftly from radio and television to feature films, where he displayed a talent for both comedies like "Welcome to the Sticks" (2008) and intimate dramas like "Don't Worry, I'm Fine" (2006). Born Kaddour Merad on March 27, 1964 in the Algerian city of Sidi Bel Abbès, he was the son of an Algerian father and French mother. Merad began his performing career as a teenager, playing and singing in various bands on the Club Med resort circuit. He experimented with classical theater before moving into radio as a host on Oui FM. There, he met Olivier Baroux, with whom he formed the duo Kad & Olivier; the pair had their own program, "Rock'n Roll Circus," which featured numerous recurring sketches. In 1999, Kad & Olivier earned their own television sketch comedy series, "Le grosse emission" (Comedie+, 1999-2001). Merad soon transitioned successfully into feature films, both as a solo performer in comedies like "La beuze" (2003) and dramas like the thriller "The Pharmacist" (2003). He also teamed with Baroux for various broad comedy films, including "Mais qui a tuè Pamela Rose?" (2003), based on one of their more popular sketches, and "Iznogoud" (2005), a live-action take on the comic by "Asterix" co-creator René Goscinny. During this period, Merad received excellent reviews for his turn in "Les Choristes" (2004), a coming-of-age drama that was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. The international acclaim afforded to the picture led to "Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas" (2006), a moving drama about a young woman (Melanie Laurent) who lapses into a crippling depression after the apparent disappearance of her brother. Merad played the siblings' father, whose tough exterior hid a deeply wounded and sensitive soul, and received the César for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He then returned to a steady schedule of comedies, including reunions with Baroux in "A Ticket to Space" (2006) and "Ce soir, je dors chez toi" (2007), which marked Baroux's directorial debut. Merad scored the biggest hit of his career to date with "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis" (2008), a fish-out-of-water comedy about a postman who discovers that the sleepy northern French town to which he has been dispatched is the perfect antidote for his miserable life. Now firmly established as a film star, Merad worked steadily throughout the 2000s and beyond. He moved between light comedies like the Oscar-nominated "Paris 36" (2008) and "Superstar" (2012), with Merad as an average man who suddenly becomes famous, and a broader farce with Baroux "Mais qui a re-tue Pamela Rose" (2012), a sequel to their popular action spoof. In addition, he starred in dramas like "22 Bullets" (2010), a mob thriller with Jean Reno, and writer-star Daniel Auteil's moving family story "The Well-Digger's Daughter" (2011).

Milestones

2008

Breaks box office records with "Welcome to the Sticks."

2006

Wins Cesar for the drama "Don't Worry, I'm Fine."

2004

Scores international hit with "The Chorus."

Bonus Trivia

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Began performing in bands at the age of 10 before forming "The Gigolo Brothers," which worked the Club Med circuit.

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By 2009, Merad was earning 1 million euros for his performance fee in "Le petit Nicolas" and other films.

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Made his directorial debut with "Monsieur Papa" (2011) before co-directing "But Who Re-Killed Pamela Rose?" with Olivier Baroux.

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Provided the voice of Tuke in the French-language dub of Disney's "Brother Bear" (2003).

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