Shares birthday with soccer player Oliver Kahn, actors Ice Cube and Guy Bedos.
Born to a French mother, Huguette Clerc, and a Belgian father, Leon Smet, he became naturalized citizen of France in 1961. In 2006, he started a procedure to receive Belgian citizenship.
A Legion of Honor medal by French President Jacques Chirac was presented to him in 1997, and the following year he gave spectacular concerts to close the World Cup soccer tournament and commemorate France's first championship.
Was raised by his paternal aunt, Hélène Mar.
Appeared on Ed Sullivan's TV show on July 1, 1962 with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the famous Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their very first gig as support for the French heartthrob at the Paris Olympia in October 1966.
Father of David Hallyday
Has his look-alike puppet in the French show "Guignols de l'info, Les" (1988).
Father of Laura Smet with actress Nathalie Baye.
Adopted a little Vietnamese baby named Jade, with wife Laeticia.
A popular singing duo with first wife Sylvie Vartan, they recorded a smash duet, "J'ai un Problème," that became one of France's biggest hits in the early 70s.
Selling over 100 million records in France alone and having 33 number 1 hit singles, he is considered the French equivalent of Elvis Presley.
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Longtime companion of actress Nathalie Baye from 1982 to 1986.
Son David Hallyday (later a singer in his own right) was born in August 1966; not long after, a deeply depressed Hallyday attempted suicide as his rock-and-roll career began to flounder after the British invasion and the rise of politically motivated folk music. After his recovery, he issued the despairing single "Noir, C'est Noir" as a commentary on his near-tragedy.
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