Omar Sy (born 20 January 1978) is a French actor and comedian of Mauritanian and Senegalese descent.
He gained national attention thanks to his comedy duo with Fred Testot, "Omar & Fred", in the sketches series S.A.V. (Service Après-Vente) des émissions (literally translated as TV programs Customer Service) on the TV channel Canal+ between 2005 and 2012. He skyrocketed to national superstardom in 2011 with his role in Intouchables, which went on to become the second most successful French film ever at the French box office note and the third most successful film overall at that note .
He received a César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in Intouchables, and in doing so also became the first actor of sub-Saharan African descent to win the award. He has become familiar to international moviegoers with his roles in blockbusters such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jurassic World and Dan Brown's Inferno.
- La Tour Montparnasse Infernale (2001) as a the taxi driver
- Micmacs (2009) as Remington
- Intouchables (2011) as Driss
- Mood Indigo (2013) as Nicolas
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) as Bishop
- Samba (2014) as Samba Cissé
- Jurassic World (2015) as Barry
- Chocolat (2016) as Rafael "Chocolat" Padilla
- Inferno (2016) as Christophe Bouchard
- Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) as Hot Rod
- Knock (2017) as Doctor Knock
- Belleville Cop (2018) note
- The Wolf's Call (2019) as D'Orsy
Live Action TV
- Groland (2003), sketch "Integration" as Samba Bongo
- Service après-vente des émissions (2005-2012)
- Arsène Lupin (2020, Netflix)
Tropes in his works:
- An Immigrant's Tale:
- Played for Laughs in the "Integration" sketch from the Groland News Parody show, where he plays a cheerful African immigrant named Samba Bongo, who has to "make efforts to integrate" in Grolandian (read: French) society. By "integrate", it means he has to stop being a Nice Guy wearing a boubou (West African robe). The next day, he puts a suit on and becomes a Grade-A jerkass, and his equally jerkass neighbor who had no respect for him before fully approves of the change, noting how fast he "integrated".
- Played for Drama in Samba, in which Charlotte Gainsbourg carries the White Man's Burden. Sy plays a character named Samba yet again in it.
- And again in Chocolat, where he plays the real-life clown Rafael "Chocolat", a black Cuban artist who seeked to play a wider range of roles than what was possible for a black immigrant in France at the onset of the 20th century.
- Catchphrase: One of the many characters he played in the Service après-vente des émissions comedy skits was a shirtless Camp Gay man with a Domino Mask asking Fred Testot "Ben alors, tu viens plus aux soirées?" ("Now what, you don't come at the parties (read: orgies) anymore?").
- Race Lift: He has played Dr. Knock and Arsène Lupin, who were originally written as Caucasians.
- Signature Laugh: His laugh in Service après-vente des émissions.