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Omar Sy Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 20 January 1978Trappes, Yvelines, France
Height 6' 2¾" (1.9 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Omar Sy was born on January 20, 1978 in Trappes, Yvelines, France. He is an actor and writer, known for The Intouchables (2011), Jurassic World (2015) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). He has been married to Hélène since July 6, 2007. They have four children.

Spouse (1)

Hélène (6 July 2007 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (2)

Has two sons - Tidiane and Alhadji.
His father is from Senegal and his mother is from Mauritania.

Personal Quotes (10)

(on emerging from the working-class suburbs of Paris) There are two Frances that exist side by side. For me, it was only when I started to work that I saw the other France, that I heard other ways of speaking. We knew it existed. But we didn't ever see it.
I understood from a very young age that school was important and that my parents were making great sacrifices for me. Every morning I saw my father get up and go to a job that he didn't really like. They came to France for the same reasons all immigrants move to another country - so their kids could have a better way of life.
I never predicted that I'd be a comedian, but it was something that came so naturally to me. I just felt good doing it.
When I was young, a lot of things were closed off to me. I was always told, 'Don't do this, you can't do that' - instead of stopping me, it made me think, 'I can do that, I must do that.'
When I was a boy, my older brothers listened to Earth, Wind & Fire and Kool and the Gang. When I would try to get into their room, they would close the door and say, 'You can't hear that. It's not for a child!' Now, I can listen to it and enjoy it.
Nothing in my younger life could have told me I would have needed to know how to speak English.
People only look at you and say, 'You are black and you are from the banlieue,' and all the doors are closed. I had the desire to be something else. If I see a door that is a little open, I will find a way to get through.
I really like to kid around, and it's my own way of concentrating. In order for me to be able to feel better and concentrate, I need everybody else around me to be relaxed.
I began in radio in 1997 on a radio show hosted by a now very famous comic, Jamel Debbouze. I would fake call listeners.
I'm definitely more at ease with comedy - that's where I started out - and so it's my first love, so to speak, and I have more of a sensibility for it and more familiar with it. Having said that, I also want to be open to everything else.

Salary (2)

Intouchables (2011) €1,790,000
Les seigneurs (2012) €400,000

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