Dany Boon

"Bienvenue Chez les Ch'tis" ("Welcome to the Land of Shtis") Rome Photocall

Birth Name: Daniel Hamidou

Place of Birth: Armentières, France

Date of Birth: 26 June, 1966

*Algerian Kabyle Berber (father)
*French (mother)

Dany Boon is a French comedian, actor, and filmmaker. In 2008, he was the highest-paid actor in European film history, netting 26 million Euro (c. 33 million dollars). He was born into a poor family. His father was an Algerian Kabyle, who worked as boxer and truck driver. His mother was French, from the north of the country. Boon had almost never spoke French before the age of twelve. He spoke mainly the Chtimi dialect of Picard (Langue d’oïl) language at home. He takes his stage name from American pioneer Daniel Boone.

Danny converted to Judaism when marrying Yaël Harris.

Danny’s maternal grandparents were Marcel Ducatel and Marie Bailleul.

Photo by Prphotos.com

5 Responses

  1. Adamina says:

    He could pass for Lebanese

  2. andrew says:

    * Algerian (father)
    * French (mother)

    is he tagged as Jewish because of his conversion?

  3. andrew says:


    his maternal grandparents were Marcel Ducatel and Marie Bailleul

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