Johnny Hallyday (real name Jean-Philippe Léo Smet) was a French actor, guitarist & singer, born on June 15, 1943 in Paris, France and dead on December 5, 2017 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France. His father Léon was Belgian & his mother Huguette was French. They divorced in 1944 & Johnny went to his aunt's house, she was a former cinema actress. Johnny learned dancing, playing guitar, singing & playing in short films. In 1957, he went back to Paris. Johnny met friends who also became singers, Jacques Dutronc & Eddy Mitchell. At the same time, he discovered Elvis Presley & sang his idol's songs at Paris' Golf Drouot. He was discovered by Jacques Wolfsohn, Vogue's artistic director. In 1960, the young singer released his first 7" under the name Johnny Hallyday. In 1961, he signed to Philips & became the teenage idol at 18 : from Golf Drouot to Alhambra, from Olympia to Palais Des Sports, his fans broke chairs. Hits came : "Retiens La Nuit", "Pas Cette Chanson", "L'Idole Des Jeunes", "Elle Est Terrible", "Da Doo Ron Ron"... In 1965, Johnny married Sylvie Vartan & the following year, their son David Hallyday was born. Years passed & Johnny followed trends. In 1983, Nathalie Baye & Johnny's daughter Laura Smet was born. Johnny worked with great artists (Michel Berger, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Pascal Obispo & Zazie) to stay on top. He made gigantic shows like his live at Paris' Tour Eiffel with 400,000 fans in 2000. Johnny became a recordman : 80 million albums sold, 900 songs, 100 tours, 18 platinum albums & 17 million spectators. Johnny died at the age of 74 from lung cancer in December 2017. He was buried in Saint-Barthélémy.
Filmography Les Diaboliques (Henri-Georges Clouzot) - 1955 Les Parisiennes (Marc Allégret, Claude Barma, Michel Boisrond) - 1961 Dossier 1413 (Alfred Rode) - 1961 D'Où Viens-Tu, Johnny ? (Noël Howard) - 1963 Cherchez L'Idole (Michel Boisrond) - 1964 À Tout Casser (John Berry) - 1967 Les Poneyttes (Joël Le Moigne) - 1968 13 Jours En France (Claude Lelouch, François Reichenbach) - 1968 (himself) Le Spécialiste (Sergio Corbucci) - 1970 Point De Chute (Robert Hossein) - 1970 L'Aventure, C'Est L'Aventure (Claude Lelouch) - 1972 (himself) Malpertuis (Harry Kümel) - 1972 L'Animal (Claude Zidi) - 1977 Le Jour Se Lève Et Les Conneries Commencent (Claude Mulot) - 1981 Détective (Jean-Luc Godard) - 1985 Conseil De Famille (Costa-Gavras) - 1985 Terminus (Pierre-William Glenn) - 1987 The Iron Triangle (Eric Weston) - 1988 La Gamine (Hervé Palud) - 1992 Paparazzi (Alain Berbérian) - 1998 (himself) Pourquoi Pas Moi ? (Stéphane Giusti) - 1999 Love Me (Lætitia Masson) - 2000 Mischka (Jean-François Stevenin) - 2002 (himself) L'Homme Du Train (Patrice Leconte) - 2002 Crime Spree (Brad Mirman) - 2003 Les Rivières Pourpres II - Les Anges De L'Apocalypse (Olivier Dahan) - 2004 Quartier VIP (Laurent Firode) - 2005 Jean-Philippe (Laurent Tuel) - 2006 The Pink Panther 2 (Harald Zwart) - 2009 Vengeance (Johnnie To) - 2009 Titeuf, Le Film (Zep) - 2011 (voice) Salaud, On T'Aime (Claude Lelouch) - 2014 Rock'n Roll (Guillaume Canet) - 2017 (himself) Chacun Sa Vie (Claude Lelouch) - 2017