Omar Sy

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Omar Sy
Omar Sy SDCC 2013 X-Men.jpg
Born(1978-01-20) 20 January 1978 (age 37)
Trappes, France
Years active2000–present
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Omar Sy
Omar Sy SDCC 2013 X-Men.jpg
Born(1978-01-20) 20 January 1978 (age 37)
Trappes, France
Years active2000–present

Omar Sy (born 20 January 1978) is a French film actor, best known for his duo with Fred Testot, Omar et Fred, and for his role in The Intouchables, written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, which became the second highest grossing French film of all time in the French box office.[1] He appeared on Fort Boyard in 2006. He received the César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first black actor to win the honorary French award. The role also earned him a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Omar Sy winning the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 at the 37th César Awards for The Intouchables.

Omar Sy is the son of a Mauritanian housecleaner and a Senegalese worker, and has Fulani origins. He started his career from 1996 to 1997 on Radio Nova where he met his partner Fred Testot. Afterwards, he was in the TV show Le Cinema de Jamel on Canal+, with Jamel Debbouze, and then created the TV show Le Visiophon. After this, sketches on TV and shows came one after another: Je ne fais pas mon âge, Service après-vente des émissions, Omar et Fred: le spectacle.

In 2005, the Service après-vente des émissions is adapted in short sketches of 2 or 3 minutes on Canal+. Then in 2012, Canal+ announced that it will not be on its program anymore. Omar had to go to Los Angeles for one year. Besides, Omar Sy lent his voice to Zip in the French version of the videogame Tomb Raider Legend. He married Helene, the mother of his four children in Tremblay-sur-Mauldre, the 5th July 2007. In 2008, he appeared in the video clip of Sinik “Bienvenue chez les Bylkas”. In 2009, he was the voice of some characters of Logorama with his partner Fred Testot. In 2010, he took part in the introduction of Florence Foresti’s show Motherfucker on DVD; he did a taxi driver with an African accent who remembered his character Doudou. The same year, he appeared in the video clip of Diam’s Peter Pan and in Zazie’s one Être et Avoir. In 2011, he was in the film The Intouchables with François Cluzet in which he played a suburban young guy, personal care assistant of a rich quadriplegic. This film had a big success, with more than 19 millions of tickets sale, and rose to the 1st rank in the French box office in 2011. After that, Omar Sy was elected 3rd favourite celebrity of the French behind Yannick Noah and Zinédine Zidane. This film permitted him to win the Globe de Cristal 2012 of the best actor, the award of the best actor jointed with his partner François Cluzet at Tokyo International Film Festival and the César award of the best actor at the 37th ceremony of the César in 2012.

The 30th December 2012, Omar Sy was elected favourite celebrity of the French, according to a ranking established by Le Journal du Dimanche. He got ahead another actor, Gad Elmaleh. In 2014, Omar Sy performed in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past in which he personified the mutant Bishop. He also played in Samba, directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. He appears in the cast of the fourth episode of the Jurassic Park saga, Jurassic World which will be released in June 2015.[3]


2000GranturismoVoiceDenis ThybaudShort film
2001La Tour Montparnasse InfernaleTaxiCharles Nemesfilm
La concierge est dans l'ascenseurOlivier CoussemacqShort film
Omar et FredVarious charactersShort TV series
2002The RaceUNO SeargentDjamel Bensalah
Le BouletA Malian GuyAlain Berberian
Frédéric Forestier
SamouraisTysonGiordano Gederlini
Asterix & Obelix: Mission CleopatraPainterAlain ChabatScenes deleted
Ces jours heureuxBriceOlivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Short film
Si j'étais luiGabrielPhilippe TriboitTV film
2003La BeuzeMichel DembéléFrançois Desagnat
Thomas Sorriaux
2004Le CartonLorenzoCharles Nemes
Coming-outMaxOlivier Ayache-VidalShort film
2005–12SAV des émissionsVarious charactersTV series
2006Les multiplesJimmy (voice)TV series
Nos jours heureuxJosephOlivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
NRJ Ciné Awards – Most Promising Actor
Nominated – NRJ Ciné Award for The Best Kiss (with Marilou Berry)
Nominated – Raimu de la Comédie for The Best Supporting Actor
2007Moot-MootIsidore (voice)TV series
Garage BabesHamidouJulien Pelgrand
2008Seuls twoSammy BouglioniÉric Judor
Ramzy Bedia
2009MicmacsRemingtonJean-Pierre Jeunet
SafariYoussouf HammalOlivier Baroux
Tellement prochesBrunoOlivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Envoyés très spéciauxJimmyFrédéric Auburtin
King GuillaumeJean PeterPierre-François Martin-Laval
LascarsNarbé (voice)Emmanuel Klotz
Albert Pereira-Lazaro
La Loi de MurphyFather Joachim OrtegaChristophe Campos
Arthur and the Revenge of MaltazardSnow (voice)Luc Besson
2010Le pas Petit PoucetGrand PoucetChristophe CamposTV film
Allez raconte!VoiceJean-Christophe Roger
Histoires de viesMoTV series (Episode : "Conte de la frustration")
2011Les TucheBouzolles's monkOlivier Baroux
The IntouchablesDrissOlivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
César Award for Best Actor
Tokyo International Film Festival – Best Actor (Share with François Cluzet)
Lumières Award for Best Actor
Globes de Cristal Award for Best Actor
Etoiles d'Or Award for Revelation of the Year
Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Virtuoso Award
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Fish'n ChipsFishTV series (52 episodes)
2012Les SeigneursWéké N'DogoOlivier Dahan
Mais qui a retué Pamela Rose ?MosbyOlivier Baroux
Kad Merad
De l'autre côté du périphOusmane DiakhatéDavid Charhon
BrefHimselfTV series (Episode: "Y'a des gens qui m'énervent")
Crazy Pink LimoThe philosopher chippendaleJoséphine de MeauxShort film
2013Mood IndigoNicolasMichel Gondry
2014X-Men: Days of Future PastBishopBryan Singer
Good PeopleKhanHenrik Ruben Genz
2015SambaSamba CisséOlivier Nakache
Eric Toledano
Candy StoreChiddybangStephen GaghanPre-production
African DreamOmar SyAnnounced
Jurassic WorldColin TrevorrowFilming
ChocolatClown ChocolateRoschdy ZemAnnounced
Untitled John Wells projectFilming


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