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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

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David Lansky (Hervé Palud) - 1989

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