Johnny Hallyday (born June 15, 1943 in Paris, France) is a French singer and actor.
An icon in the French-speaking world since the very beginning of his career, some consider him to be the French equivalent of Elvis Presley. Today Hallyday is still considered as France's number-one singer and is seen as an unbelievable stage performer, giving incredible shows in crowded stadiums. Yet Hallyday remains largely unknown outside of France and the other French-speaking countries.
Johnny Hallyday was born Jean-Philippe Smet in CitÃ© Malesherbes, Paris, France, to a French mother Huguette and a Belgian father Leon Smet. His parents separated not long after his birth, so he was raised by his paternal aunt, HÃ©lÃ¨ne Mar. (His pseudonym was borrowed from his cousin's friend, Lee Halliday). In January 2006, he started a procedure to receive Belgian citizenship. His request is now being reviewed by Belgium's naturalisation commission.