Saïd Taghmaoui

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Saïd Taghmaoui
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Taghmaoui in Paris at the French premiere of American Hustle in 2014
Born (1973-07-19) July 19, 1973 (age 46)
CitizenshipFrench and American [1]
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1994–present
Home town Aulnay-sous-Bois, Paris, France

Saïd Taghmaoui (born July 19, 1973) is a French-American actor and screenwriter of Moroccan descent. One of his major screen roles was that of Saïd in the 1995 French film La Haine , directed by Mathieu Kassovitz. Taghmaoui has also appeared in a number of English-language films, with roles such as Captain Said in Three Kings (1999) and Sameer in Wonder Woman (2017).


Life and career

Taghmaoui was born in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, into a large family comprising eight children; he had four brothers and three sisters. [1] [2] His parents were Moroccan immigrants of Berber ancestry from Essaouira. [2] Taghmaoui grew up in the Rose des Vents quartier of the Aulnay-sous-Bois commune . [3] He dropped out of school to become a boxer, rising as high as No. 2 in his weight class in France. [4]

He later met actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz; together, they appeared in Kassovitz's film La Haine (1995), whose plot concerns race and violence in the ghettoized banlieues of Paris. The following year, Taghmaoui was nominated for a César Award (in the Most Promising Actor category) for his performance.

He has since pursued an international career, appearing in films in Germany, Italy, Morocco and the United States ( Three Kings , 1999). Taghmaoui starred in Vantage Point (2008) as the leader of a terrorist group plotting to kidnap the U.S. president. In Morocco, he appeared in Djinns (2010), a film about the Algerian War, alongside Thierry Fremont. [3] Taghmaoui's television work includes Lost , House of Saddam and Touch . He appeared in the British film My Brother the Devil , which was released globally in 2013.

Personal life

Taghmaoui is a practicing Muslim. [5] He moved to the United States in 1999 and in 2008, obtained American citizenship. [1]


1994Putain de porteJean-Claude Flamand & Delphine QuentinShort
Tous les garçons et les filles de leur âge...Paul Olivier Dahan TV series (1 episode)
1995 La Haine Saïd Mathieu Kassovitz Nominated - César Award for Most Promising Actor
J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites Xavier Giannoli Short
C'est mon histoireDominique TabuteauTV series (1 episode)
L'éducateurMomoDominique Tabuteau (2)TV series (1 episode)
1996La bougeotteJean-Claude MorinTV movie
Elvis AzizElvis AzizFrédéric CompainTV movie
1997Go for Gold !MoussaLucian Segura
Héroïnes JP Gérard Krawczyk
Les fantômes du samedi soir Olivier Dahan (2)Short
L'albero dei destini sospesiSamirRachid BenhadjTV movie
1998Onorevoli detenutiOmarGiancarlo Planta
The Garden of Eden Aziz Alessandro D'Alatri
Hideous Kinky Bilal Gillies MacKinnon
Lascars VoiceLaurent NicolasTV series (1 episode)
1999Prima del tramontoAlì Ben SellamStefano Incerti
Three Kings Captain Said David O. Russell
Urlaub im OrientRaschidMichael WenningTV movie
2000La tauleThe InnocentAlain Robak
Nationale 7RabahJean-Pierre Sinapi
Ali Zaoua Dib Nabil Ayouch
Room to RentAliKhalid Al-Haggar
2001GamerTonyPatrick Levy
Confession d'un dragueurFabio Alain Soral
Absolument fabuleux Manu Gabriel Aghion
Le petit poucetThe Chief Olivier Dahan (3)
2002VivanteDJSandrine Ray
The Good Thief Paulo Neil Jordan
Entre chiens et loupsWerner Alexandre Arcady
2003 Crime Spree SamiBrad Mirman
The West Wing Ambassador Umar Usef Christopher Misiano TV series (1 episode)
2004 Spartan Tariq Asani David Mamet
Hidalgo Prince Bin Al Reeh Joe Johnston
I Heart Huckabees The Translator David O. Russell (2)Central Ohio Film Critics Association - Best Ensemble
2005El khoubz el hafiRachid Benhadj (2)
2006 Five Fingers Dark EyesLaurence Malkin
O Jerusalem Saïd Chahine Élie Chouraqui
Djihad !YoussefFelix OlivierTV movie
Sleeper Cell Hamid Charles S. Dutton, Nick Gomez & Leslie Libman TV series (3 episodes)
2007 The Kite Runner Farid Marc Forster
SuspectesStanislas LamératLaurent DussauxTV miniseries
2008 Vantage Point Suarez Pete Travis
Traitor Omar Jeffrey Nachmanoff Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Kandisha Dakir Nesri Jerome Cohen-Olivar
Mogadischu Kapitän Mahmud Roland Suso Richter TV movie
House of Saddam Barzan Ibrahim Alex HolmesTV miniseries
Duval et MorettiTarekDominique GuilloTV series (1 episode)
2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Abel Shaz / Breaker Stephen Sommers
Linear Biker Anton Corbijn
Lost Caesar Stephen Williams & Jack Bender TV series (4 episodes)
2010 Djinns ArouiHugues & Sandra Martin
The KillersAbazar KhayamiShort
2011 Conan the Barbarian Ela-Shan Marcus Nispel
2012 My Brother the Devil Sayyid Sally El Hosaini
Strike Back Othmani Paul Wilmshurst TV series (2 episodes)
2013 American Hustle Irv's Sheik Plant David O. Russell (3)
Touch Guillermo OrtizVariousTV series (10 episodes)
2014 The Missing Khalid Ziane Tom Shankland TV series (8 episodes)
2015For All Eyes AlwaysIskandar YasinRob Gordon Bralver
La nuit est faite pour dormirHassanAdrien CostelloShort
2016 The Infiltrator Amjad Awan Brad Furman
2017 Wonder Woman Sameer [6] Patty Jenkins
2018At First LightCalJason Stone
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum The Elder Chad Stahelski
TBA The Forgiven John Michael McDonagh Filming

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