- NAME: Sacha Baron Cohen
- OCCUPATION: Actor
- BIRTH DATE: October 13, 1971 (Age: 41)
- EDUCATION: St. Columba's College Prep School, St. Albans, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Christ's College, Cambridge University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Hammersmith, London, England
- Full Name: Sacha Noam Baron Cohen
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Sacha Baron Cohen is a British comedian and actor who is widely known for his portrayal of three unorthodox fictional characters: Ali G, Borat and Brüno.
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Cohen was born to an orthodox Jewish family in London and studied history before turning to comedy in 1995. As hipster Ali G, Cohen interviewed such luminaries as Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich, and had them all believing that it was real.
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British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen is well-known for his unorthodox, fictional characters. In 1998, he introduced audiences to Ali G, a white wannabe rapper. In 2006, he portrayed Borat, an over-sexed man from Kazakhstan. All of his characters set up unsuspecting real-life people for comic ridicule. Cohen has received a lot of criticism for perpetuating racial and cultural stereotypes.
Actor, comedian. Born October 13, 1971, in London, England. While his comic personas Borat, Bruno, and Ali G have stirred up all kinds of controversy, Sacha Baron Cohen has largely hidden from the media spotlight. A middle child, he grew up in a London surburb. His father operated a number of clothing stores and his mother worked as a fitness instructor. Cohen developed a passion for breakdancing as a teen and belonged to a Jewish youth group through which he first started acting.
After spending a year at a kibbutz in Israel, Cohen enrolled at Christ's College, part of Cambridge University. He was a history student and also appeared in productions by the Cambridge Footlights, the university's famed comedy troupe. Other Footlights alumni include John Cleese, Peter Cook, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Emma Thompson to name just a few.
For his thesis, Cohen wrote about the involvement of Jewish Americans in the civil rights movement in the South during the 1950s and 1960s. He even stayed in Atlanta for a time to do some research and interview Robert Parris Moses. While he was encouraged to continue his studies on the graduate level, Cohen wanted to follow a different path upon completing his degree.
Like many comedians before him, Cohen worked at his craft doing stand-up comedy. His first television gig was as a host of a youth program. Landing a part on the late night comedy program, The 11 O'Clock Show in the late 1998, Cohen stood out with his character Ali G, a white wannabe rapper. He was later featured in his own series, Da Ali G Show, which had the blinged-out character conducting interviews with politicians, writers, and other distinguished people and asking them all sorts of off-the-wall questions.
Growing in popularity, Ali G made a cameo appearance in the music video for Madonna's 2000 hit "Music." He then got his own feature film, Ali G Indahouse, in 2002. While that film was not a success, Baron did get to introduce American audiences to the barely literate, nearly incomprehensible character through a new version of Da Ali G Show for the cable network HBO. Ali G continued to befuddle and irritate his guests. Talking with former United Nations secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, he asked "Is Disneyland a member of the U.N.?" And 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney got so aggravated with Ali G that he ended the interview. But this was not before Ali G asked the news veteran "Has journalists ever put out tomorrow's news by mistake?"
For the show, Cohen faced a lot of criticism for perpetuating negative racial and cultural stereotypes.
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