Gad Elmaleh grew up in Casablanca (Morocco), and speaks fluently French, Arabic and Hebrew. He is very proud of this multi-faceted heritage.
His father, who was a mime, was his great inspiration. Gad Elmaleh left his native country at 17 to study political science in Montreal. After a year, he switched to the Arts and started writing comedy routines, that he performed on the radio and in night clubs. At 21, after graduating, he was accepted at the Cours Florent in Paris in 1992. In 1996, he produced his first one-man-show, Décalages, which, for the most part, drew from his experience in Canada. In the same year, he appeared in his first feature-length film, Hey Cousin! , directed by Merzak Allouache.
Alternating between comedies and drama, Gad Elmaleh devoted all his energy to his work. In 2000, he plays the role of Dov, formerly played by Vincent Elbaz, in You shouldn’t worry ! 2. The success of that film brought him the acclaim of France’s favorite comedian.
In 2003, Chouchou, the film-adaptation of his triumphant second one-man-show about a romantic drag artist, captivated nearly four million viewers. Gad Elmaleh’s next role was François Pignon in Francis Weber’s The Valet.
In 2009, he directed his first feature film, Coco, a cinematic adaptation of the adventures of one of the main characters of his one-man-show, a businessman who will go to any length , even the most far-fetched, to make sure that his son can have the most unforgettable bar mitzvah.
In 2012, Gad Elmaleh started playing more serious roles, as in The Roundup. Since 2011, he has been seen in several American films, including Midnight in Paris, The Adventures of Tintin and The Dictator.
In 2012, Gad Elmaleh stars in Costa-Gavras’ Capital after he acted under the direction of Michel Gondry in his dreamlike adaptation of L’Ecume des jours / Foam of the Daze, released in 2013).