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Patrick Bruel (born Maurice Benguigui, on May 14, 1959 in Tlemcenmarker, Algeriamarker) is a Frenchmarker singer, actor, and professional poker player of Algeria descent.


Although Bruel aspired to be a football star as a youth, he decided to pursue singing after seeing Michel Sardou in 1975. His first success came as an actor, however, 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, he had his last name officially changed to Bruel-Benguigui, his stage name with his birthname, before his partner, the writer and playwright, Amanda Sthers gave birth to his first child, Oscar, on August 19. On September 21, 2004, he wed the 24-year-old Sthers; it is his first marriage. His second child, Léon Bruel was born on the 28th September, 2005. The couple separated in 2007.

As of 2004 Bruel has acted in more than 40 different television and film productions and made five studio albums and several live albums. His last album to date is Entre Deux (2002), 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 tsunamimarker of December 26, 2004, Bruel wrote the song "Et puis la terre" to benefit the Red Crossmarker.

In addition to acting and singing, 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 live tournament play. His 10 cashes at the WSOP account for $411,659 of those winnings. He also comments the World Poker Tour in his home country. He owns the popular french poker forum Wam-Poker.

World Series of Poker bracelet

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
1998 $5,000 Limit Hold'em $224,000



Studio albums

Year Album Chart
FRmarker BELmarker SWImarker NEmarker
1982 Vide
1984 De face 32
1989 Alors, regarde 1
1994 Bruel 2 47
1995 Plaza de los héroes
1999 Juste avant 1 1 32 43
2002 Entre deux 1 1 2 49
2006 Des Souvenirs devant 1 1 6 69

Live albums

Year Album Chart
FRmarker BELmarker SWImarker NEmarker
1987 À tout à l'heure
1991 Si ce soir... 1 55
1995 On s'était dit... 25 9
2001 Rien ne s'efface... 2 1 12
2003 Entre deux à l'Olympia 21 16
2007 Des Souvenirs... ensemble 12 8 45


Year Album Chart
FRmarker BELmarker SWImarker
2001 L'Essentiel 81
2003 Les Talents essentiels 23
2004 Puzzle 1 2 21
2007 S'laisser aimer (3 cd)


Year Single Chart Album
FRmarker BELmarker SWImarker NEmarker
1984 "Marre de cette nana-là !" De face
1985 "Comment ça va pour vous ?" 27
1986 "Non, j'veux pas"
"J'roule vers toi"
1987 "Tout l'monde peut s'tromper"
1989 "Casser la voix" 3 Alors regarde
1990 "J'te l'dis quand même" 12
"Alors regarde" 3
1991 "Place des grands hommes" 4
"Décalé" 15
"Qui a le droit..." 1 Si ce soir...
1994 "Bouge !" 22 Bruel
"Combien de murs..." 8
1995 "J'suis quand même là"
1999 "J'te mentirais" Juste avant
2000 "Pour la vie" 13 22 90 92
"Au Café des délices" 13 20
"Tout s'efface" 36 32 95
2002 "Mon Amant de Saint Jean" 14 33 Entre deux
"La Complainte de la butte" 48
2006 "J'm'attendais pas à toi" 39 Des Souvenirs devant


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