Patrick Bruel (born Patrick Benguigui on 14 May 1959) is a French singer, actor, and professional poker player.
Patrick is the son of Pierre Benguigui and Augusta Kammoun, daughter of Elie and Céline ben Sidoun.
In his youth, Bruel aspired to be a football player, but decided instead to pursue singing after seeing Michel Sardou in 1975. His first success came as an actor, in 1979's Le Coup de sirocco. He continued acting in films, on television, and in the theater while pursuing his singing career. His first single, "Vide" ("Empty"), released in 1982, was not a success, but the follow-up, "Marre de cette nana-là" ("Fed up with that chick"), was a hit.
In 2003, just before his partner, the writer and playwright Amanda Sthers, gave birth to his first child, Oscar, on 19 August, he changed his name to Bruel-Benguigui, combining his stage name with his birth name. On 21 September 2004, he wed the 24-year-old Sthers; it is his first marriage. His second child, Léon, was born on 28 September 2005. The couple separated in 2007.
As of 2004, Bruel has acted in more than forty television and film productions, and has made five studio albums and several live albums. In 2002, Benguigui released Entre Deux, a double CD of classic chanson that features duets with Charles Aznavour, Jean-Louis Aubert, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Alain Souchon and Renaud, among others. It sold two million copies and made Bruel France's best paid singer of the year. At the beginning of 2005, in response to the South Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004, Benguigui wrote the song "Et puis la terre" with Marie-Florence Gros, with whom he had begun a long-term collaboration in 1998, to benefit the Red Cross. His latest album, "Des souvenirs devant", was his fourth chart-topper in France.
Bruel is a world-class professional poker player. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet in 1998 for the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event. As of 2009. he has earned more than $900,000 in tournament play, of which his ten cash winnings at the WSOP account for $411,659. He also comments on the World Poker Tour in France.
Bruel is a member of the Les Enfoirés charity ensemble since 1993.
1982 - Vide
1984 - De face
1989 - Alors, regarde
1994 - Bruel
1995 - Plaza de los héroes
1999 - Juste avant
2002 - Entre deux
2006 - Des Souvenirs devant
2012 - Lequel de nous
2015 - Très souvent, je pense à vous...
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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