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Dany Boon is a French comedian who has acted both on the stage and the screen. He takes his stage name from the television show Daniel Boone. Dany Boon, born to an Algerian Kabyle father and a French mother from the north of the country, first started his career dubbing cartoons and performing as a mime in the street. In 1992, he was given his first chance as a comedian by French television personality Patrick Sebastien, who invited him on his show. From then on Boon began to achieve notoriety with his sketches and his one-man shows.
He was then offered several roles in movies, notably in the film Joyeux Noel that made it on the international scene in 2005. Boon is deeply attached to his native region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais. In 2003, he made a whole show in the local dialect of ch'ti, also known as Picard.