Cohen, Sacha Noam Baron
1971 - Sacha Noam Baron Cohen, born on the 13th of October into a middle-class Jewish family, the second of three sons of Gerald Baron Cohen and his wife Daniella. His father, who owns a menswear shop in Piccadilly, is originally from Wales, while his mother is from Israel.
1994 - Channel 4 was planning a replacement for its series The Word and put out an open call for new presenters. He sent in a tape of him in character as Borat that caught the attention of one producer who kept him in mind. He marked time by working for a Swindon based television company.
1998 - He shot to fame when his character Ali G started appearing on The Eleven O'Clock Show on Channel 4.
2000 - Da Ali G Show began and won the BAFTA for best comedy series the next year.
2003 - The show was taken to the United States, where it airs on HBO. He has had some troubles because of the racist or prejudiced comments his characters make, but his ultimate goal is to use the prejudices and racism of people to elicit funny reactions.
2005 - Bruno, a gay Austrian fashion show presenter with a Nazi streak, advocating that ugly people be put on a train and sent to Auschwitz.
2006 - He made Borat, a television reporter from Kazakhstan with a fervent hatred of Jews and a misogynist attitude.
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