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Although one would never guess it from the bombastic characters he embodies, the actor most famous for his Ali G and Borat alter egos is actually a soft-spoken, Cambridge-educated scholar.

Born Oct. 13, 1971, in London, Sacha Baron Cohen spent a year on an Israeli kibbutz before attending Cambridge, where he studied history but immersed himself in theater. In 1998, he landed a role on the British comedy series "The Eleven O'Clock Show," where his Ali G character was born, and in 2000, he launched the Emmy-winning "Da Ali G Show." From there, it was on to the big screen with 2002's Ali G Indahouse.

Baron Cohen has since played a variety of roles, including a French Formula 1 racer in Talladega Nights and the title character in Borat (also receiving an Oscar nod for the screenplay). The always-animated actor lent his talents to Madagascar and its 2008 sequel as the voice of Julien the lemur.

Sacha Baron Cohen in Les Misérables

Les Misérables

2012 PG-13

The musical version of Victor Hugo's epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean's long struggle for redemption.

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