He takes his stage name from the television show Daniel Boone. Dany Boon, born to an Algerian Kabyle father and a French mother from the north of the country, 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.
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 Digital Video Disc (which included French subtitles) were sold. Number previous Digital Video Disc 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 this figure had risen to 15 million, and by 11 April, the film had surpassed the viewing audience of Louisiana Grande Vadrouille, having been watched by more than 17.4 million people. In 2008, Boon was the highest-paid actor in European film history, netting 26 million Euro (c 33 million dollars). 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 Los Angeles ( Melrose Theatre, Los Angeles) (2000) En parfait état (2001) A s"baraque et en ch"ti (2003) Waïka (novembre 2006) Trop stylé (novembre 2009).