Kad Merad, real name Kaddour Merad, (born March 27, 1964 in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria) is a French-Algerian actor who has acted both on stage and on screen.
Kad Merad was born in Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, on March 27, 1964 to an Algerian father and a French mother.
During his teens, he played drums and sang with various rock bands. Soon afterwards, he started playing as an animator in Club Med alongside the Gigolo Brothers troop.
In 1990, he was hired by Ouï FM, the Paris Rock specialized station where he met Olivier Baroux. The duet most known as Kad & Olivier began working together and started their own show, the Rock'n Roll Circus, introducing some of their most famous sketches (Pamela Rose, Teddy Porc Fidèle...). The early success of the show allows them to meet Jean-Luc Delarue who inserts them in the TV stage.
In 1999, they enters the French Satellite TV channel Comédie+ and got their own show, La Grosse Emission. In Parallel, Merad starts his Cinema carrier with a lot of secondary roles.
In 2003, he scored his First box-office success with Mais Qui a tué Pamela Rose?, co-written with Baroux.
In 2007, Kad received the Nation's consecration by receiving the César Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Je vais Bien, ne t'en fais pas! and appears in AaRON's film soundtrack video clip. His best challenger was Dany Boon. During the shooting of Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis, this friendly struggle was a current joke between the two of them.
On the same year, he makes his first appearance with Les Enfoirés music troop and he is still one of its members. He was also inducted as the Godfather of the Telethon.
The next year, he stars as Phillipe Abrams in the French movie Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis. Even though the movie wasn't supposed to hit the charts, it scored a phenomenal success in France and Europe, becoming the Best-selling Movie ever made in France with 21 million spectators.