Patrick Bruel

Patrick Bruel

Highest Rated: 83% A Bag of Marbles (2017)

Lowest Rated: 13% Lost & Found (1999)

Birthday: May 14, 1959

Birthplace: Tlemcen, French Algeria

One of France's biggest pop music stars for over four decades, Patrick Bruel earned multiple No. 1 albums in a variety of genres, from teen-oriented pop to traditional chansons, while also enjoying a busy second career as an actor in French dramas and action films. Born Patrick Maurice Benguigui on May 14, 1959 in Tiemcen, a small town in Algeria, he was brought to France in 1962 by his mother and raised in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Though football was his first true passion, he developed an interest in singing through his mother's record collection, where he discovered French pop stars like Jacques Brel and Michel Sardou, as well as English-language rock performers like Eric Clapton. He began his professional music career as an entertainer at French clubs, but got his first taste of stardom as an actor, playing a young French-Algerian in the film "Le Coup de Sirocco" (1978). The following year, Bruel traveled to New York City, where he met Gérard Presgurvic. The pair would soon form a creative partnership, with Presgurvic serving as Bruel's chief songwriter. Upon his return to Paris, Bruel issued his first single, "Vide" ("Empty," 1982), but its follow-up "Marre de cette nana-là" ("Enough of That Chick," 1983) became his first substantial hit. A second hit, "Comment Ça Va Pour Vous" ("How's It Going For You"), followed in 1985, as well as appearances in a string of features, including "Le Batard" (1982) and "Le Grand Carnaval" (1983). However, Bruel's first LP, De Face (1986), was only a modest success, and it would be three years before he would issue another studio album. His sophomore effort, Alors Regarde (1989), was a major success, buoyed by the hit single "Casser la Voix" ("To Break the Voice"), and a subsequent tour through France and abroad in 1990 established Bruel as a bona fide pop sensation, with the media dubbing the hysterical reaction of teenaged female fans "Bruelmania." A third studio album, simply titled Bruel (1994), was a marked departure from its predecessors, hewing closer to a guitar-driven rock sound than his earlier pop ballads. The results were received with less enthusiasm, though Bruel remained a popular concert and moviehouse draw. He devoted more of his energy to his acting career, which encompassed hits like Francis Veber's "Jaguar" (1995) and Sydney Pollack's "Sabrina" (1996). He also displayed a talent for competitive poker, winning the Limit Hold 'Em championship in the 1998 World Series of Poker. When Bruel finally returned to the studio in 1999 to complete Juste Avant, he was dabbling with South American and African influences; the result was another hit album, reaching over a million copies in sales. In 2002, he tackled the venerable chanson style of French pop, recording duets with such established statesmen of the genre as Johnny Hallyday and Charles Aznavour for the double-LP Entre Deux ("Between Two"). It too proved popular, selling over two million copies and establishing Bruel as the highest paid singer of the year. In 2005, he recorded a charity single, "Et puis la terre," which benefitted Red Cross recovery efforts in the wake of the South Asian tsunami of 2004. By the late 2000s, Bruel was firmly established as one of France's most popular performers, scoring another chart-topping album with Des souvenirs devant (2006) and enjoying roles in high-profile film projects like Claude Chabrol's "L'ivresse du pouvior" (2007) and Claude Miller's "Un Secret" (2007). After focusing on his acting career for the next five years, Bruel published his autobiography before releasing a new album, Lequel de nous (2012), which became his fifth No. 1 album.

Highest rated movies

A Bag of Marbles
Comedy of Power
A Secret
What's in a Name
Sabrina Love at First Child
Change of Plans




No Score Yet 75% The Best Is Yet to Come Unknown (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Case Gilles Fontaine (Character) - 2019
32% No Score Yet Holy Lands Michel (Character) - 2018
83% 83% A Bag of Marbles Roman (Character) $409.9K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Patrick Bruel: Bruel Barbara: Le Châtelet Unknown (Character) - 2016
57% 42% Love at First Child Ange (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 48% The Yellow Eyes of the Crocodiles Philippe Dupin (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 29% The Missionaries Lambert Levallois (Character) - 2014
71% 74% What's in a Name Vincent (Character) - 2012
43% 41% Paris-Manhattan Victor (Character) - 2012
50% 33% Change of Plans Alain (Character) $44.2K 2009
78% 63% A Secret Maxime (Character) $623.4K 2007
35% 60% O Jerusalem David Levin (Character) $233.5K 2006
82% 45% Comedy of Power Jacques Sibaud (Character) $78.9K 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Been Waiting So Long Alex (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 81% The Wolf Nelson (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 50% Pretty Things Jacques (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lait de la tendresse humaine Unknown (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Milk of Human Kindness Laurent (Character) - 2001
13% 28% Lost & Found Rene (Character) $6.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hors Jeu Patrick Bruel (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 33% The Misadventures of Margaret Martin (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet K Sam Bellamy (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 38% The Jaguar François Perrin (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 50% Bandits Unknown (Character) - 1996
63% 64% Sabrina Louis (Character) $51.6M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Low Profile Inspector Julien Segal (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweetheart Christophe Vade (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet L'union sacrée Simon Atlan (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Force majeure Philippe (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Obsession Wanis (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet La maison assassinée Séraphin Monge (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attention Bandits! Mozart (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet P.R.O.F.S. Frédéric Game (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet La tête dans le sac Dany (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Le Coup de Sirocco Paulo Narboni (Character) - 1979