Singer, actor, bon vivant, playboy, and professional poker player Patrick Bruel was born on May 14, 1959. He had intended to become a soccer player, but was inspired to switch his career aspirations to music when he saw Michel Sardou in concert. Bruel’s pensive number one single in 1991 was Qui a le droit ?, which means “Who has the right?” In it, he discusses the disappointments children suffer at the hands of the parents. He has released almost 20 studio, live, and compilation albums. You might remember him as the photographer French boyfriends in Sabrina with Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford. In 2002, he was France’s highest earning male performer. He has won over $900,000 on the professional poker circuit. Another passion is pétanque or boules, which he regularly plays at a high level and for which he was the commentator for the World Cup in 2003.
Today’s word, polyvalent (pollyvalohn), means multi-talented. In English, we use this word in the context of chemistry. Bruel has plenty of chemistry and plenty of talent, too.