Dany Boon

Dany Boon (/ˈdæni/; 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.[1]

Dany Boon
Boon 2018
Daniel Faid Hamidou

(1966-06-26) 26 June 1966
Armentières, France
OccupationActor, screenwriter, director, producer
Years active1992–present
Judith Godrèche
(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,[2] 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.[1] 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,[3] he had Eytan, born 23 June 2005; Elia, born 20 December 2006 and Sarah, born 1 March 2010.[4]

In 2008, Boon was the highest-paid actor in European film history, netting 26 million Euro (c. 33 million dollars).[5]

He was the president of the 40th César Awards ceremony.[6]


Year Title Role Director
1996 Oui Wilfried Alexandre Jardin
2004 Shark Tale Frankie (French voice) Rob Letterman Bibo Bergeron Vicky Jenson
Joyeux Noël Private Ponchel Christian Carion
2005 The Valet Richard Francis Veber
La Maison du Bonheur Charles Boulin Dany Boon
2006 My Best Friend Bruno Bouley Patrice Leconte
2008 Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis Antoine Bailleul Dany Boon
Horton Hears a Who! Horton (French voice) Steve Martino Jimmy Hayward
De l'autre côté du lit Hugo Pascale Pouzadoux
Mia et le Migou le Migou (voice) Jacques-Rémy Girerd
2009 Micmacs Bazil Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Change of Plans Piotr Danièle Thompson
2010 Benvenuti al Sud the French tourist (cameo) Luca Miniero
2011 Nothing to Declare Mathias Ducatel Dany Boon
Zookeeper Donald the Monkey (French voice) Frank Coraci
2012 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Tetedepiaf Laurent Tirard
2012 Un plan parfait Jean-Yves Pascal Chaumeil
2013 Eyjafjallajökull Alain Alexandre Coffre
Frozen Olaf (French voice) Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
2014 Supercondriaque Romain Faubert Dany Boon
2015 Lolo Jean-René Julie Delpy
2016 The Jews Pascal Yvan Attal
The BFG The BFG (French voice) Steven Spielberg
Radin! François Gautier Fred Cavayé
2017 Raid dingue Eugène Froissard Dany Boon
2018 La Ch'tite famille Valentin Dany Boon[7][8]
2019 Murder Mystery Inspector de la Croix Kyle Newacheck

One-man shows

  • 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)



  1. noted on Boon's website under "Biography."
  2. Welcome to the Sticks (2008), Neils Young's film lounge
  3. Le Figaro Magazine which states that "his conversion to Judaism in 2002 [has] paradoxically made him closer to his Pas-de-Calais roots"
  4. MEHDI NOE EYTAN ET ELIA BOON - famille de stars et de sportifs. Jess1393.skyrock.com. Retrieved on 2017-01-09.
  5. French blockbuster star is Europe's best-paid actor, Thursday, February 26
  6. "Dany Boon président des César : la Ch'ti revanche". Le Figaro. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  7. "La Ch'tite Famille". Unifrance.org. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. Mintzer, Jordan (27 February 2018). "'La Ch'tite famille': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
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