Sacha Baron Cohen – IMDb
Mini Bio (1)
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel, to German Jewish parents. He was educated at a private school, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hertfordshire, and went on to read History at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Baron Cohen had an interest in performing from an early age, forming a breakdancing group as a teenager and acting in amateur plays with a Jewish youth group. While at university he joined the Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, and took part in such plays as “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.
Upon leaving University, Baron Cohen briefly worked as a model, before moving on to work as a host on a satellite TV station. In 1995, Channel 4 put out an open call for new presenters, and Baron Cohen sent in a tape featuring himself in character as an Albania TV reporter (an early prototype for Borat). He was hired and worked on various ‘youth TV’ projects before, in 1998, appearing in The 11 O’Clock Show (1998) which became a cult hit thanks to his character, Ali G. Ali G proved so popular that a spin-off show Da Ali G Show (2000) and film Ali G Indahouse (2002) where produced.
America soon beckoned with a stateside version of Da Ali G Show. Feature film work followed with Baron Cohen providing the voice of Julien in Madagascar (2005) and appearing as Jean Girard alongside Will Ferrell in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). He followed this with the smash-hit Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006), for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for a writing Oscar. His other film work includes supporting roles in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Hugo (2011), and starring in the title roles of Brüno (2009), The Dictator (2012), and The Brothers Grimsby (2016).
– IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous
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Trade Mark (8)
His characters Ali G, Borat, Brüno and Admiral General Aladeen
Tall, thin frame
Propensity for strange, exaggerated accents
Intentionally irritating, bizzare characters
Regularly cast in period pieces as annoying comic relief/antagonists
Frequently promotes his movies in character
His characters often parody “gotcha journalism” as they bait the interviewee into saying a controversial remark
Brazen, politcally incorrect humor
He was voted Personality of the year at the TV Quick awards in London, England, UK. [September 2000]
Studied History at Christ’s College, Cambridge.
In contrast to his characters, he is a soft-spoken, gentlemanly Cambridge man who considered pursuing a PhD before going into comedy.
He plays three principal characters on Da Ali G Show (2000). The title character is Ali G, a lower-class white male who acts like a Jamaican Londoner and enrages his politically active and powerful guests with stupid questions. Another one is the Kazakhstani TV reporter Borat, who naïvely searches for porn and outlets for his scatological, accidental humor and anti-Semitism. The last one is the superficial Austrian fashion expert Brüno, who often talks up heartless fashionistas and makes macho men uncomfortable with his blatant homosexuality.
Gave 2004 Harvard class day address in character as Ali G.
Appears on talk shows in character; he has rarely appeared as his real self. Nevertheless, he did appear as himself on the Golden Globe Awards show in 2007, as well as on the NPR radio talk show “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross. He was also asked to appear in character (as Borat) at the Oscars, but refused and went as himself.
His cousin, Simon Baron-Cohen, is a preeminent psychologist who became famous for his theory that autism is caused by an extreme male brain.
Went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys in Hertfordshire, the same school as broadcaster Alan Whicker, Little Britain (2003) star Matt Lucas, comedian David Baddiel, and former Formula 1 champion Damon Hill.
For Borat, Sacha takes about 6 weeks to grow body, head, and facial hair. For Ali G., the facial hair takes about 4 weeks to grow. When preparing for Brüno, he shaves all of his hair (including body hair), and works out and cleans his body vigorously.
During an “All Things Considered” interview in 2004, Baron Cohen told NPR’s Robert Siegel that he wrote his Cambridge thesis on Jewish involvement in the U.S. Civil Rights movement, focusing especially on the 1964 murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner in Philadelphia, Mississippi.
Brother of Erran Baron Cohen, a member of the British electronica world-music group, Zohar.
Brüno the reporter, one of Cohen’s characters, once interviewed Gisele Bündchen.
He considers Peter Sellers to be his greatest influence.
In 2004 he appeared on the “Howard Stern Show” as himself and went into character on camera.
He is good friends with professional wrestler John Cena.
He has been a lifelong fan of professional wrestling.
Daughter, Olive Cohen, born 17 October 2007. Mother is fiancée Isla Fisher.
2007 – Ranked #34 on EW’s The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Putting a rest to Ali G and Borat, the anti-Semitic Khazakh. He said to British newspaper “Friday,” “I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day, and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing.”. [December 2007]
One of 105 people invited to join AMPAS in 2008.
His wife Isla Fisher gave birth to their second child during summer 2010.
Cousin of Sam Baron.
Stepbrother-in-law of Conor Reid.
His Four By Two film production company is rhyming slang for ‘Jew’.
Attended the “Brüno” Premiere (in full character) at Tuschinski Theatre on June 20th in Amsterdam, Netherlands. [June 2009]
His paternal grandparents, Morris Cohen and Miriam Nichelby, were from Eastern European Jewish families (from Belarus and Poland) that moved to Wales and England. His maternal grandparents, Hans Weiser and Leisel Levi, were both German Jews.
In 2010, it was announced that Baron Cohen was considering starring as singer Freddie Mercury (to whom he bears a resemblance) in a biopic about the late Queen frontman. Baron Cohen was actively involved in trying to get the movie off the ground, even consulting major directors like David Fincher and Tom Hooper, but in 2013, he pulled out and to date (2017), the film still hasn’t been made. Queen guitarist Brian May said it was because Baron Cohen’s “presence in the movie would be very distracting,” doubting that the larger-than-life actor could disappear into the role. In 2016, Baron Cohen gave his side of the story: He left because the surviving members of Queen wanted the movie to be a tame biopic about the entire band; he wanted it to be purely a Freddie Mercury movie, one that included the singer’s rock ‘n’ roll exploits.
When questioned whether he would make another movie based on two of his most famous characters, Borat and Bruno, Baron Cohen said he fears he’s too recognizable, and the world too connected and aware, for him to pull off a movie like Borat or Bruno again. There’s also the matter of the inherent danger in making those kinds of movies. He’s got a family to support, and his wife, Isla Fisher, says she was constantly worried that his actions would get him arrested or sued. Cohen recounted an incident while filming Bruno in Kansas when he was appeared on the show ‘WTF with Marc Maron’ – he had to make a quick exit when a hotel manager called the cops when he and the actor playing his assistant Gustaf Hammarsten were found “chained to each other in this S&M crazy gear.” Baron Cohen and Hammarsten had to jump off of a fire escape to avoid capture.
When Baron Cohen made a surprise appearance as Ali G at the 2016 Academy Awards (it was truly a surprise-show producers had told him not to do it), his wife, Isla Fisher had to be complicit in the prank, and smuggled the Ali G costume into the awards ceremony under her dress. She then had to stand outside a door backstage at the Oscars while Baron Cohen changed inside and producers kept knocking to see what he was up to. “I had to lie to everyone, which made me feel really guilty,” Fisher said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Afterward Fisher said she “went straight to the bar, I’m not gonna lie.”.
He can speak fluent English and Hebrew.
His surname is Baron Cohen, not just Cohen.
He was considered for the role of Boris The Animal in Men in Black 3 (2012), but the role was given to Jemaine Clement.
Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series category for Who Is America? (2018), but lost to Michael Douglas for The Kominsky Method (2018).
Personal Quotes (9)
Borat is based actually on a guy I met in southern Russia. I can’t remember his name. He was a doctor. The moment I met him I was totally crying. He was a hysterically funny guy, albeit totally unintentionally.
I remember, when I was in university I studied history, and there was this one major historian of the Third Reich, Ian Kershaw. And his quote was, ‘The path to Auschwitz was paved with indifference.’ I know it’s not very funny being a comedian talking about the Holocaust, but I think it’s an interesting idea that not everyone in Germany had to be a raving anti-Semite. They just had to be apathetic.
I’ve been in a bizarre situation, where a country has declared me as its number-one enemy. It’s inherently a comic situation. I mean, it’s always risky when you don’t go down the normal route. I wish I would’ve been there at the briefing that Bush got about who I am, who Borat is. It would have had to be great.
I think that, essentially, I’m a private person, and to reconcile that with being famous is a hard thing. So I’ve been trying to have my cake and eat it too – to have my character be famous yet still lead a normal life where I’m not trapped by fame and recognizability… I guess I’ve been greedy. Maybe it’s time to let go.
It’s wonderful that the films are successful, but every new person who sees the movie is one less person I can be ‘Borat’ or ‘Brüno’ with again, so finishing a movie means having to say goodbye. Admitting that you’re never going to play the character again is like saying goodbye to a loved one. And that’s hard.
[on a scene in Hugo (2011)] So I have a bath with the dog. What happens under the bubbles is our business.
It seems to me that Martin Scorsese makes films for himself. He is an artist. And he’s one of the last remaining artists out there, and I think we should respect that.
I’m not going to claim that everything I’ve done has been for a higher purpose. Yes, some of my comedy – OK, probably half my comedy – has been absolutely juvenile… and the other half completely puerile.
Twitter could deploy an algorithm to remove more white supremacist hate-speech, but they reportedly haven’t because it would eject some very prominent politicians from their platform. Maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing.