Gad Elmaleh is a Moroccan-born French-Canadian actor and stand-up comic who wrote, directed, and performed in the 2009 film Coco. His other credits include Despicable Me 2, The Adventures of Tintin, and Priceless. In 2019, he produced, created and starred in the Netflix series Huge in France about his own life. Hailed as "the Ben Stiller of France", the dashing actor is arguably the country's biggest and best-loved comedic star.
Gad has also popped up on the radar of international directors - he appeared in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and The Adventures of Tintin by Steven Spielberg. Here is all you need to know about him.
Gad Elmaleh profile summary
- Alternate names: Gad El Maleh, Gab
- Date of birth: April 19, 1971
- Age: 49 years old (as of 2020)
- Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco
- Height: 5' 9¾" (1.77 m) weight: 76 kg
- Religion: Jewish
- Zodiac sign: Aries
- Occupation: Stand-up Comedian, Actor
Early life and family
Gad Elmaleh was born in 1971 in Casablanca, Morocco to Sephardic Jewish parents. He grew up speaking French, Hebrew, and Moroccan Arabic. His father, who inspired him a lot, was a storekeeper and a mime-lover.
He has two siblings, brother Arié who is an actor and singer and sister Judith, who is a stage director and actress.
Arié Elmaleh is known for his work on L'école pour tous (2006), Molière (2007) and La reine s'évade (2011).
Gad was a student at Georges Bizet school and Lycée Lyautey in Casablanca but did not like school very much.
In 1988, he left Casablanca to go to Montreal. He stayed there for 4 years, during which he was a political science student for one year, worked on radio, wrote humorous stories and played them in night clubs.
In 1992, Gad went to Paris and took Le Cours Florent course where he had, among others, Isabelle Nanty as a teacher. He wrote a one-person show named Décalages which told a lot about his experiences in Montreal and Paris in 1996.
Three years later, he presented his second one-person show named La Vie Normale, again staged by Isabelle Nanty.
The actor has starred in several films. Some of the most famous Gad Elmaleh films include XXL, Man Is a Woman, Train of Life, The Valet, Priceless, Coco, The Round Up, Midnight in Paris, A Monster in Paris, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Jack & Jill, Happiness Never Comes Alone, Le Capital, The Dictator, Mood Indigo, and Pattaya.
He has also provided voices for the French versions of the movies Doctor Dolittle 2, Despicable Me, and Despicable Me 2.
Elmaleh also wrote and directed the film Coco and produced, wrote, and directed the TV movie documentary 10 Minutes in America.
Gad Elmaleh movies and TV shows
The actor has appeared in the following:
- 2019 - Huge in France - Gad Elmaleh
- 2017 - Loue-moi! - Le prof de taichi
- 2017 - Welcome to America (Short)
- 2016 - Crisis in Six Scenes - Moe
- 2016 - Pattaya - Le Marocain
- 2015 - The Midnight Orchestra - Rabbi Moshe
- 2013 - Mood Indigo - Chick
- 2013 - La collection - Ecrire pour... le jeu des sept familles
- 2013 - Welcome to China - Gad Elmaleh
- 2012 - Les seigneurs - Rayane Ziani
- 2012 - Capital - Marc Tourneuil
- 2012 - Happiness Never Comes Alone - Sacha Keller
- 2012 - The Dictator - Demonstrator in Wadiya (uncredited)
- 2011 - Jack and Jill - Xavier
- 2011 - The Adventures of Tintin - Ben Salaad (voice)
- 2011 - A Monster in Paris - Raoul (voice)
- 2011 - Midnight in Paris - Détective Tisserant
- 2010 - Made in Jamel
- 2010 - La Rafle - Schmuel Weismann
- 2009 - Coco - Coco
- 2007 - Father's Footsteps - Félix
- 2006 - Priceless - Jean
- 2006 - The Valet - François Pignon
- 2005 - Olé! - Ramon HolGado
- 2005 - Bab el web - Habibi
- 2004 - The 11 Commandments - Gad
- 2003 - The Car Keys - Gab
- 2003 - Chouchou - Choukri, alias Chouchou
- 2003 - The Dope - Le laborantin
- 2002 - A+ Pollux - Halvard Sanz
- 2001 - Would I Lie to You? 2 - Dov Mimran
- 2001 - À bicyclette - Le veilleur de nuit
- 2001 - People in Swimsuits Aren't (Necessarily) Shallow - Jimmy
- 2000 - Elie annonce Semoun - Various Characters
- 2000 - Deuxième vie - Lionel
- 2000 - Gad Elmaleh: La vie normale - Various Characters
- 2000 - On fait comme on a dit - Terry
- 2000 - Trait d'union - Le vendeur
- 1999 - Dieu, que la nature est bien faite! - Claude
- 1999 - Les petits souliers - Samuel Azoulay
- 1999 - Clown - Clown
- 1999 - De source sûre - Max
- 1998 - Train of Life - Manzatou
- 1998 - Man Is a Woman - David
- 1997 - Opération Bugs Bunny
- 1997 - XXL - Samy
- 1997 - Long Live the Republic - Antoine Leibovitch, alias Yannick
- 1997 - Gad Elmaleh: Décalages au Palais des Glaces - David
- 1996 - Les soeurs Hamlet - Malo
- 1996 - Hi Cousin! - Alilo
- 1994 - Manivelle (Short) - Le policier
- 1994 - Fruits et légumes
Gad has 1 award win and 1 nomination to his name. They are:
- 2007 - NRJ Ciné Awards - Best Kiss (Meilleur baiser)
- 2004 - César Awards, France - Best Actor (Meilleur acteur)
How much is Gad Elmaleh worth?
Celebrity Net Worth reports that Gad Elmaleh net worth is $20 million. Here is a breakdown of what he earned for some of his famous productions:
- Chouchou (2003) - €1,200,000
- Le capital (2012) - €1,000,000
- Les seigneurs (2012) - €400,000
Gad Elmaleh partners
.Іn 2002, Gаd gоt engaged to Frеnсh асtrеѕѕ Аnnе Вrосhеt. Tоgеthеr thеу hаd а ѕоn nаmеd Nоé (b. November 1st, 2000) аnd ѕераrаtеd іn thе уеаr 2009. Gad Elmaleh son Noé works as a model and is represented by Next in LA and Success Models in Paris.
Gаd was then involved with French јоurnаlіѕt Маrіе Druсkеr іn 2009, but they broke up іn 2011. Іn thе ѕаmе уеаr, he got into a rеlаtіоnѕhір wіth Сhаrlоttе Саѕіrаghі. Тоgеthеr, thе соuрlе hаd а ѕоn Rарhаël (December 17, 2013) аnd broke up in 2016 due to their demanding careers.
Charlotte quickly found love with French film producer Dimitri Rassam, whom she married the following year.
Currently, the man is not married, so no one bears the title Gad Elmaleh wife.
Does Gad Elmaleh have a son?
Yes, he has two sons, Nоé (b. November 1st, 2000) and Rарhаël (December 17, 2013).
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