About this actor
Gad Elmaleh (born April 19, 1971) is a French Moroccan stand up comedian and actor. His latest show is called Papa est en haut (Dad is upstairs). He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Hors de prix, and La Doublure. Elmaleh, of Jewish faith, was born in Casablanca, Morocco. he was brought up in a mixed cultural background, speaking Moroccan Arabic, and French. He earned his Baccalaureat at Morocco in a Jewish school before studied political science in Montreal for four years, then moved to Paris to study drama. His first one-man show Décalages, performed at the "Palais des glaces" in 1995, was autobiographical. Elmaleh's first contact with cinema was the full-length film, Salut cousin ! by Merzak Allouache. He later appeared in L'homme est une femme comme les autres and Train de Vie. His fame further increased with the success of his second one-man show, La Vie Normale, and the film La Vérité si je mens ! 2 (2000) in which he played the role of "Dov", the seducer....