The actor Jamel Debbouze grew up in Paris with his Moroccan parents. At the age of 15 he was involved in a train accident. His friend was killed, Debbouze himself has to life with a paralyzed right arm since then.
Despite this handicap he was able to start a film career at the beginning
of the 90's, he made his debut with the short movie "Les Pierres bleues
du désert" (92).
He strenghtened his position in the French film with the huge success "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain - die fabelhafte Welt der Amélie" (01), "Astérix & Obelix: Mission Cléopâtre - Asterix & Obelix: Mission Kleopatra" (02) at Gerard Depardieu's side, "Le boulet" (02), "She Hate Me" (04) and "Astérix aus jeux olympiques" (08).
James Debbouze was nominated twice for the Cesar as best support actor, for the movie "Indigènes" (06) he was awarded as best leading actor in Cannes.
A trademark of Debbouze became because of his handicap of the right
arm that he often fixes his right hand in the trouser pocket - both in
his private life and in his movies. That this restriction does not attract
attention on the screen speaks for itself and his acting presence.
Other movies with Jamel Debbouze: