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Also Known As: Ali G, Brno, Sacha Cohen, Sacha Noam Baron Cohen, Borat Sagdiyev, Borat Died:
Born: October 13, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: comedian, actor, screenwriter

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Both charming and entirely disarming when not in character, British-born satirist Sacha Baron Cohen made an unforgettable impression with his popular series, "Da Ali G Show" (HBO, 2003-06), which showcased him as three distinct personalities: boorish wannabe rapper Ali G, homophobic Eastern European TV personality Borat, and flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter Brüno. These three characters propelled the unknown Baron Cohen into a star, which in turn led to him becoming a major star with the surprise box office hit, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (2006), a mockumentary that caused a great deal on controversy while turning the actor into a sensation. Part of his appeal came from making the media rounds in character, which allowed for pushing the boundaries with unpredictable antics that bordered on performance art. Baron Cohen followed with his second "Ali G" spin-off, "Brüno" (2009), which again became another commercial hit. Press-shy when not working, Baron Cohen led a quiet life with his actress wife Isla Fisher. As he branched out to supporting roles in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" (2007), Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (2011) and the...

Both charming and entirely disarming when not in character, British-born satirist Sacha Baron Cohen made an unforgettable impression with his popular series, "Da Ali G Show" (HBO, 2003-06), which showcased him as three distinct personalities: boorish wannabe rapper Ali G, homophobic Eastern European TV personality Borat, and flamboyantly gay Austrian fashion reporter Brüno. These three characters propelled the unknown Baron Cohen into a star, which in turn led to him becoming a major star with the surprise box office hit, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" (2006), a mockumentary that caused a great deal on controversy while turning the actor into a sensation. Part of his appeal came from making the media rounds in character, which allowed for pushing the boundaries with unpredictable antics that bordered on performance art. Baron Cohen followed with his second "Ali G" spin-off, "Brüno" (2009), which again became another commercial hit. Press-shy when not working, Baron Cohen led a quiet life with his actress wife Isla Fisher. As he branched out to supporting roles in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" (2007), Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" (2011) and the adaptation of the musical "Les Misérables" (2012), Baron Cohen continued walking the tightrope with "The Dictator" (2012), where he played an anti-Semitic, misogynistic, capitalist-hating despot of a fictional country. With a blend of social satire and shock comedy that appealed to a wide swath of American audiences, Baron Cohen became one of the most successful and inventive comedians of his time.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Grimsby (2015)
3.
 Anchorman 2 (2013)
4.
 Les Misérables (2012)
5.
 Dictator, The (2012)
6.
 Hugo (2011)
7.
 Brüno (2009)
10.
 Jolly Boys' Last Stand, The (2000) Vinnie
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1996:
Worked for Paramount Comedy Channel, entertaining viewers between programs by portraying a bleached-blond Austrian interviewer called 'Brüno'
1997:
Snagged the role of Presenter for a short-lived Granada show for teenagers called "F2F"
1998:
Introduced signature character of 'Ali G' on "The 11 O'Clock Show" in England
2000:
Headlined "Da Ali G Show"; introduced the character 'Borat' a TV presenter from Kazakhstan
2000:
Featured in Madonna's "Music" video
2001:
As Ali G, hosted MTV Europe's international music awards show in Frankfurt
2002:
Starred in and wrote the feature "Ali G In Da House"
2003:
Introduced the characters 'Ali G' (a hip-hop journalist), 'Borat' (a TV reporter from Kazakstan) and 'Brüno' (an Austrian fashion reporter) to the U.S. on HBO's "Da Ali G Show"
2005:
Voiced Julien the Ring-Tailed Lemur in the animated feature "Madagascar"
2006:
Cast as a flamboyant French Formula One driver opposite Will Ferrell in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"
2006:
Co-wrote, produced and starred in the feature, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"; created the Borat character for his "Da Ali G" show; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture and an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay
2007:
Portrayed the flashy Italian barber Signor Adolfo Pirelli alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd"
2008:
Once again lent his voice to King Julien in "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
2009:
Reprised character of "Brüno" for the comedy film, based on his character from "Da Ali G Show"; also produced and co-wrote
2011:
Played the station inspector in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo"
2012:
Wrote, produced, and starred in political satire "The Dictator"
2012:
Reprised voice role of King Julien in "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted"
2012:
Played the evil Thénardier in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper
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Education

Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School: -
Cambridge University: - 1991 - 1993

Notes

''It's gettin' so bad, dat I is finkin' of takin' off de sign on me car dat says, 'Inside dis car is Ali G -- you know, de one wiv de glasses and hat from HBO.''---Ali G on getting recognized EntertainmentWeekly December 12, 2003

Sacha Baron Cohen on his alter ego, Ali G: "He's totally ignorant but totally arrogant as well. He's an overconfident ignoramus." quoted in Vanity Fair, August 2004.

At the age of eighteen, lived for a year at the Rosh Hanikra Kibbutz in Israel

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companion:
Isla Fisher. Actress. Engaged.

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brother:
Erran Baron Cohen. Composer.
brother:
Amnon Baron Cohen.
father:
Gerald Baron Cohen. Born in Wales; owns several businesses based both in London and the Cardiff area, namely 'Baron Suits' in London's Knightsbridge, 'Calders Outfitters' and 'Woodford Ltd.' in Cardiff.
mother:
Daniella Baron Cohen. Born in Israel.
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