Serge ‘Jean’ Benguigui was born on April 8, 1944 in Oran, Algeria. Born into a Jewish family, Jean appears for the first time on screen in a period film about the Calvinists, “The Camisard”, directed by René Allio in 1972. In 1976, he appears in “Guerre d'Algérie”” directed by Laurent Heynemann, a drama that takes place during the war in Algeria. In 1979, still in a very dramatic vein , it embodies Jean- Jean in “La Dérobade”.
Now playing in more physical roles, Benguigui appears in Jewish comedies. In 1982, he starred alongside Philippe Noiret and Catherine Deneuve in “L’Africain”. In 1986, he discovered the world of comic Francis Veber in “Les Fugitifs” and is also part of the team “Ripoux contre ripoux” (1989).
In 1990 Jean dubbed, Joe Pesci in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellows”.
In the 1990s, he starred in supporting roles appearing in the thriller “Doctor M” (1990) by Claude Chabrol, as Doga in the epic “La Belle Histoire” (1991) by Claude Lelouch and in the satire “Ma vie est un enfer” (1991), he plays the grumpy neighbor Josiane Balasko .
His participation in Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002), in the role of grumpy customer, allows him it to attract younger generations. The following year, he starred in another ambitious film “Le Boulet”, where his character is almost a caricature. In 2004, he was a gentle father in “Au bout du monde à gauche”, by Israeli Avi Nesher. Jean also appeared in his only Euro-western “Tha Dalton” (2004) as the Mexican village chief.
Since 2010, he’s been involved in the films of Laurent Ruquier “On n'demande qu'à en rire” on France 2 as a juror. Since January 2014, he’s been a regular on the TV show for all of France 23.4 . “L'Émission pour tous”
Today we celebrate Jean Benguigui’s 70th birthday.