Dany Boon (//; born Daniel Faid Hamidou; 26 June 1966 in Armentières) is a French comedian and filmmaker who has acted both on the stage and the screen. He takes his stage name from the American television show Daniel Boone.
Daniel Faid Hamidou
26 June 1966
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, director, producer|
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
Yael Harris (m. 2003)
Life and career
Dany Boon was born to an Algerian father and a French mother in Northern France, first started his career dubbing cartoons and performing as a mime in the street. In 1992, he was given his first break as a comedian by French television personality Patrick Sébastien, who invited him on his show. From then on Boon began to achieve fame through his sketches and his one-man shows.
He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Joyeux Noël that made it on the international scene in 2005.
Boon is deeply attached to his native region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais. In 2003, he made a whole show in the local dialect of ch'ti, also known as Picard. Despite the use of dialectal language, 600,000 copies of the DVD (which included French subtitles) were sold. No previous DVD featuring a one-man show had sold as well in France. In February 2008, he released a film called Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, a comedy based on prejudices held about the region, which went on to break French box office records. Two weeks after its release, the film had already been seen by five million people. After its fourth week, the figure had risen to 15 million, and by 11 April, the film had surpassed the viewing audience of La Grande Vadrouille, having been watched by more than 17.4 million people.
He has four sons and a daughter from three different unions. With his first wife, he had Mehdi, his eldest son, born in 1997. With his second wife, Judith Godrèche, he had Noé, born on 4 September 1999. With his third wife, Yael Harris, for whom he converted to Judaism in 2002, he had Eytan, born 23 June 2005; Elia, born 20 December 2006 and Sarah, born 1 March 2010.
He was the president of the 40th César Awards ceremony.
- Je vais bien, tout va bien (1992)
- Chaud mais pas fatigué ( Café de la Gare, 1993)
- Dany Boon Fou ? Théâtre Tristan-Bernard, Paris, 1994)
- Dany Boon au Théâtre du Rond-Point (1995–1996)
- Les Zacros de la télé (1996)
- Tout entier (1997)
- Nouveau spétak (1998).
- Au Bataclan (1998)
- A french comedian lost in L.A. ( Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles) (2000)
- En parfait état (2001)
- A s'baraque et en ch'ti (2003)
- Waïka (novembre 2006)
- Trop stylé (novembre 2009)
- noted on Boon's website under "Biography."
- Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Neils Young's film lounge
- Le Figaro Magazine which states that "his conversion to Judaism in 2002 [has] paradoxically made him closer to his Pas-de-Calais roots"
- MEHDI NOE EYTAN ET ELIA BOON - famille de stars et de sportifs. Jess1393.skyrock.com. Retrieved on 2017-01-09.
- French blockbuster star is Europe's best-paid actor, Thursday, February 26
- "Dany Boon président des César : la Ch'ti revanche". Le Figaro. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
- "La Ch'tite Famille". Unifrance.org. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
- Mintzer, Jordan (27 February 2018). "'La Ch'tite famille': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 July 2018.