Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday

Highest Rated: 92% The Man on the Train (2002)

Lowest Rated: 12% The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Birthday: Jun 15, 1943

Birthplace: Paris, France

Johnny Hallyday was one of the biggest pop/rock stars in French history (not to mention other Francophone countries), though he was relatively unknown in places like the U.S. and U.K. He had a staggeringly long run of hit albums and singles from the '60s through the 2010s, acted in many French films over a similar stretch of time, and was a larger-than-life persona both on and off stage. Hallyday was born Jean-Phillippe Smet in Paris, Fance on June 15, 1943. In English-speaking countries he's often referred to as the French equivalent of Elvis Presley, and his early sound and image were undoubtedly inspired at least partly by Elvis. He started out with a '50s-derived, sometimes rockabilly-inflected rock 'n' roll sound, as heard on early tracks like 1960's "Laisse les filles," and became a success straight out of the gate. Hallyday's history was intertwined with the U.S./U.K. musical continuum-one of his biggest early hits was a cover of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again," and over the course of his career he collaborated with everyone from Peter Frampton to Bono and U.S. blues man Taj Mahal. Through the years, Hallyday's sound evolved, moving with the times and encompassing multiple strands of rock, pop, and R&B, from folk-rock to Motown-inspired soul and beyond. He began his acting career in 1962, appearing alongside Catherine Deneuve in "Les Parisiennes" (1962). As France's quintessential celebrity, Hallyday lived his life very much in the public eye; the first of his five wives was French pop star Sylvie Vartan. Ironically for a public figure who was so much at the center of French pop culture, Hallyday ultimately took up residence in Los Angeles as a tax exile from his homeland. He never quit performing and recording, and despite changing tastes, his status never really diminished. In 2000 he played a concert at the Eiffel Tower for an audience of half a million people plus millions of TV viewers. Hallyday passed away on December 6, 2017 at the age of 74 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France, sparking a major bout of national mourning among the French. His televised funeral later that month brought the city of Paris to a standstill.

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No Score Yet No Score Yet Everyone's Life Johnny (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tourner pour vivre Unknown (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet We Love You, You Bastard Unknown (Character) - 2014
12% 42% The Pink Panther 2 Milliken (Character) $35.9M 2009
91% 60% Vengeance Costello (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 53% Jean-Philippe Jean-Philippe (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Quartier V.I.P. Alex (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 45% The Crimson Rivers II: The Angels of the Apocalypse L'ermite borgne (Character) - 2004
33% 56% Wanted Marcel Burot (Character) - 2003
92% 79% The Man on the Train Milan (Character) $2.5M 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Me Lennox (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet 59% Why Not Me? Jose (Character) $4.1K 1999
No Score Yet 12% The Iron Triangle Jacques (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 43% Terminus Stump (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Business Le père / The Father (Character) - 1986
91% 54% Detective Jim Fox Warner (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 53% Stuntwoman La vedette masculine (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 94% L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure Unknown (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet À tout casser Frankie (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Paris Jean Allard (Character) - 1962

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