Patrick Bruel

One of France's biggest pop music stars for over four decades, Patrick Bruel earned multiple No. 1 albums in a variety of genres, from teen-oriented pop to traditional chansons, while also enjoying a busy second career ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1959 in Tiemcen, DZ


Actor (36)

Love at First Child 2015 (Movie)

Ange (Actor)

K 2014 (Movie)

Sam Bellamy (Actor)

Tu veux ou tu veux pas? 2014 (Movie)


Le Prénom 2013 (Movie)

Vincent (Actor)

Paris Manhattan 2013 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Change of Plans 2010 (Movie)

Alain (Actor)

Comme les 5 doigts de la main 2010 (Movie)


A Secret 2008 (Movie)

Maxime (Actor)

Comedy of Power 2007 (Movie)

Sibaud (Actor)

O Jerusalem 2007 (Movie)

David Levin (Actor)

I've Been Waiting So Long 2004 (Movie)


The Wolf 2004 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

Le Lait de la tendresse humaine 2001 (Movie)

Laurent (Actor)

Les Jolies choses 2001 (Movie)

Jacques (Actor)

Lost and Found 1999 (Movie)

Rene (Actor)

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Actor for a Day (Actor)

Offside 1998 (Movie)


Paparazzi 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Misadventures of Margaret 1997 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Le Jaguar 1996 (Movie)

Perrin (Actor)

Sabrina 1995 (Movie)

Louis (Actor)

Profil bas 1993 (Movie)

Julien (Actor)

Toutes Peines Confondues 1992 (Movie)

Vade (Actor)

La Maison assassinee 1991 (Movie)

Seraphin Monge (Actor)

There Were Days and Moons 1990 (Movie)


Force Majeure 1989 (Movie)

Philippe (Actor)

L' Union sacree 1989 (Movie)

Simon Atlan (Actor)

Attention Bandits 1988 (Movie)


Secret Obsession 1987 (Movie)

Wanis (Actor)

Suivez mon regard 1986 (Movie)


P.R.O.F.S. 1984 (Movie)

Frederic (Actor)

La Tete dans le Sac 1983 (Movie)

Dany (Actor)

Le Batard 1982 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Le Grand Carnaval 1982 (Movie)


Les Diplomes du dernier rang 1982 (Movie)


Le Coup de sirocco 1978 (Movie)

Paulo Narboni (Actor)
Music (1)

Attention Bandits 1988 (Movie)

(Song Performer)


One of France's biggest pop music stars for over four decades, Patrick Bruel earned multiple No. 1 albums in a variety of genres, from teen-oriented pop to traditional chansons, while also enjoying a busy second career as an actor in French dramas and action films. Born Patrick Maurice Benguigui on May 14, 1959 in Tiemcen, a small town in Algeria, he was brought to France in 1962 by his mother and raised in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Though football was his first true passion, he developed an interest in singing through his mother's record collection, where he discovered French pop stars like Jacques Brel and Michel Sardou, as well as English-language rock performers like Eric Clapton. He began his professional music career as an entertainer at French clubs, but got his first taste of stardom as an actor, playing a young French-Algerian in the film "Le Coup de Sirocco" (1978). The following year, Bruel traveled to New York City, where he met Gérard Presgurvic. The pair would soon form a creative partnership, with Presgurvic serving as Bruel's chief songwriter. Upon his return to Paris, Bruel issued his first single, "Vide" ("Empty," 1982), but its follow-up "Marre de cette nana-là" ("Enough of That Chick," 1983) became his first substantial hit. A second hit, "Comment Ça Va Pour Vous" ("How's It Going For You"), followed in 1985, as well as appearances in a string of features, including "Le Batard" (1982) and "Le Grand Carnaval" (1983). However, Bruel's first LP, <i>De Face</i> (1986), was only a modest success, and it would be three years before he would issue another studio album. His sophomore effort, <i>Alors Regarde</i> (1989), was a major success, buoyed by the hit single "Casser la Voix" ("To Break the Voice"), and a subsequent tour through France and abroad in 1990 established Bruel as a bona fide pop sensation, with the media dubbing the hysterical reaction of teenaged female fans "Bruelmania." A third studio album, simply titled <i>Bruel</i> (1994), was a marked departure from its predecessors, hewing closer to a guitar-driven rock sound than his earlier pop ballads. The results were received with less enthusiasm, though Bruel remained a popular concert and moviehouse draw. He devoted more of his energy to his acting career, which encompassed hits like Francis Veber's "Jaguar" (1995) and Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina" (1996). He also displayed a talent for competitive poker, winning the Limit Hold 'Em championship in the 1998 World Series of Poker. When Bruel finally returned to the studio in 1999 to complete <i>Juste Avant</i>, he was dabbling with South American and African influences; the result was another hit album, reaching over a million copies in sales. In 2002, he tackled the venerable chanson style of French pop, recording duets with such established statesmen of the genre as Johnny Hallyday and Charles Aznavour for the double-LP <i>Entre Deux</i> ("Between Two"). It too proved popular, selling over two million copies and establishing Bruel as the highest paid singer of the year. In 2005, he recorded a charity single, "Et puis la terre," which benefitted Red Cross recovery efforts in the wake of the South Asian tsunami of 2004. By the late 2000s, Bruel was firmly established as one of France's most popular performers, scoring another chart-topping album with <i>Des souvenirs devant</i> (2006) and enjoying roles in high-profile film projects like Claude Chabrol's "L'ivresse du pouvior" (2007) and Claude Miller's "Un Secret" (2007). After focusing on his acting career for the next five years, Bruel published his autobiography before releasing a new album, <i>Lequel de nous</i> (2012), which became his fifth No. 1 album.



Album of chansons, <i>Entre deux</i>, tops the charts.


Makes his acting debut in "Le Coup de Sirocco."

Bonus Trivia


As of 2009, he has won more than $900,000 in poker tournaments.


Also serves as French commentator for World Poker Tour broadcasts.


Inspired to become a singer in part by seeing French pop star Michel Sardou in 1975.


His performance at the Printemps de Bourges festival in May 1991 sold 8,000 tickets in a few hours.