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Jamel Debbouze is a French and Moroccan actor, comedian, and producer.


Debbouze was born in Paris, France, but his family, from Taza, moved back to Morocco the following year. They returned in 1979 and settled in Trappes in 1983, in the Paris region, where Debbouze spent the rest of his childhood.


In 1995, he was spotted by the bosses of Radio Nova, Jacques Massadian and Jean-François Bizot, who made him famous (Jacques Massadian would become his manager). He debuted on Radio Nova, with a film review show, Le Cinéma de Jamel and on television around 1996-1997 on cable channel Paris Première, in a TV show co-produced by Radio Nova and the channel. He took Le Cinéma de Jamel to television on Canal+ in 1998. On the same channel, he contributed to another show, H, along Éric Judor and Ramzy Bedia. In April 2008, Debbouze opened a Comedy Club in Paris, aimed at launching newcomers on the stand-up scene. In 2009, he collaborated with the rap band 113 and Awa Imani for the project Maghreb United of Rim'K'. His next show, Jamel improvise, debuted in January 2011, before playing every evenings Tout sur Jamel from 1 January to 20 January at the Casino de Paris.


  • Film

    • Sur la piste du Marsupilami (2012)

    • Outside the Law (2010)

    • Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father - (2009)

    • Parlez-moi de la pluie - (2008)

    • Asterix at the Olympic Games - (2008) - Numerobis

    • Indigènes - (2006, English title Days of Glory, also a coproducer)

    • Angel-A - (2005)

    • She Hate Me - Doak (2004)

    • Les Clefs de bagnole - Voice of the modelling-clay dog (2003)

    • Le Boulet - The Malian guard (2002)

    • Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cléopatre - Numerobis (2002)

    • Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - Lucien (2001, English title: Amélie)

    • Granturismo - François (2000)

    • Elie annonce Semoun - Various characters (2000)

    • Les Petits souliers - Zinedine Haouita (1999)

    • Rêve de cauchemar - Saïd (1999)

    • Le Ciel, les oiseaux et... ta mère! - Youssef (1999, English title: Boys On the Beach)

    • Un pavé dans la mire - The prison guard (1998)

    • H - Jamel Dridi (1998–2004, television Series)

    • Zonzon - Kader (1998)

    • Y a du foutage de gueule dans l'air - (1996)

    • Les Deux papas et la maman - (1996, English title: Two Dads and One Mom)

    • Les Pierres bleues du desert - (1992)


Jamel is the eldest of his siblings: Mohamed, Hayat, Karim, Rachid and Nawel Debbouze.

Mélissa Theuriau - French