Philippe Bouvard Wiki, Height, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Philippe Bouvard

Philippe Bouvard is a French radio and television host who has been in the industry since 1969. For the past three decades, he has hosted the radio program Les Grosses Têtes for Radio Luxembourg RTL, the television program Le Petit Théâtre de Bouvard from 1982 to 1986, and the radio program Allo Bouvard since 2014.


Louis Bouvard, also known as Philippe Pierre Louis Bouvard was born on Friday, 6 December 1929 (age 92 years; as of 2022) in Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne. [1]Voici His zodiac sign is Saggitarius. While in Paris, he attended Rollin (now Jacques-Decour), Chaptal, Condorcet, Carnot, Janson-de-Sailly, and Claude-Bernard high schools, being expelled from a few due to low attendance and indiscipline. In his early teens, he spent his summers on the Côte d’Azur with his stepfather and his mother. This experience pushed him to become a writer. He published editorials and short stories in Schola 44, the first high school newspaper he launched on January 24, 1944. He joined the Paris School of Journalism at the age of nineteen in 1948 after failing his baccalaureate thrice before. [2]Voici He was expelled after a few months. He soon became the editor-in-chief of a regimental magazine, the Kléber Digest, Germany where he was also conducting his military service. Before he rose to fame, he had been a marketer of encyclopedias and a seller of sunglasses in Lissac.

Physical Appearance

Eye color: Blue

Hair color: White

Philippe Bouvard

Family and ethnicity

Parents & Siblings

The only child of Marcel Bouvard (Coulommiers, 1907-Casablanca, 1972), a vegetable merchant in Morocco who became a director of  French companies later on. He has a Jewish mother, Andrée Gensburger (Paris 1904-Paris 1984), who was an optician. His mother remarried Jules Luzzato, tailor for men from Paris (9th arrondissement), grandson of a rabbi, who was of Italian origin by his father. He also has a brother, André Bouvard.

Relationships/ Affairs, Wife, Children

He got married on October 31, 1953, in Vésine to Colette Sauvage. They have two daughters, Dominique (1954) and Nathalie (1964).

Bouvard with his wife, Colette Sauvage

Bouvard with his wife, Colette Sauvage


After directing a military magazine during his national service, he became a courier in the newspaper “Le Figaro”. This was the beginning of a great adventure, and he even became the editor-in-chief of the newspaper. He also worked in other newspapers such as “France Soir”, “Paris Match”, “L’Express” and also “Le Point.”


He became a familiar figure in France by joining the RTL radio station in 1966. After the “RTL non-stop” show, the station director asked him to host “Les Grosses Têtes” in 1977. To say that the program with him as a host had become a cult is an understatement. Soon after Bouvard joined the show, it became a huge success in France. Philippe Bouvard to this date has become inseparable from the “Les Grosses Têtes.” RTL replaced him with Christophe Dechavanne in 1999, but because the show didn’t attract as many spectators, he was quickly asked to return in 2001.

Bouvard in Les Grosses Têtes

Bouvard in Les Grosses Têtes


He also enjoyed success on television with the program “Le Petit Théâtre de Bouvard”, which uncovers new comedians.

Le Théâtre de Bouvard

Le Théâtre de Bouvard


  • 2014: Commander in the Order of the Crown.


Philippe Bouvard's autograph

Philippe Bouvard’s autograph


  • In the early hours of the morning of September 23, 1985, when he had just finished filming Les Grosses Têtes at the RTL studio, a 39-year-old man shot him five times with a pellet gun, slightly injuring him in the stomach and finger. The individual explained his gesture by specifying that Philippe Bouvard was an RPR agent who had been mandated to install spy microphones at his home. In his account of the events, Philip Bouvard specifies that he noticed him for several days during the shoot of Les Grosses Tetes because he was the only one not to laugh.

Facts and Anecdotes

  • Philippe Bouvard gave a speech during his show on March 14, 2021, with remarks that were deemed as transphobic by various media (like Têtu) and LGBT defense groups (like SOS homophobia or ALJ). [3]News Beezer
  • He and his family had to go into hiding during World War 2.
  • He was angry with Laurent Ruquier when they first met, but they became friends when the two were invited to a magazine, where they did an interview. After this interview, Laurent offered him the post of juror for a show, which he accepted.
  • During the 2007 presidential campaign, he supported Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • The French TV show Les Guignols de l’info (1988) featured a puppet that looked like him.
  • In addition to Les Agents secrets (1965), Les Hommes de 40 ans (1965), and Le petit theater de Bouvard (1982), he produced and acted in several films.
  • He has written more than 40 books in his entire career and one of them is called Un Homme Libre.

    The cover of the book by Bouvard Un Homme Libre

    The cover of the book by Bouvard Un Homme Libre

  • He hid his Jewish origins from his wife in order to get married to her. [4]News Wep
  • In May 2022, there was a rumor of Bouvard’s death but ultimately, it was all a hoax. [5]Media Mass
  • There was a rumor that the journalist is gay because of his excessive attention to his look. However, according to a poll, it came to light that 83 percent of people don’t think that he is gay. [6]The Celebrity Post

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