Taghmaoui in Paris at the French premiere of American Hustle in 2014
|Citizenship||French and American|
|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).
Taghmaoui was born in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, into a large family comprising eight children; he had four brothers and three sisters.His parents were Moroccan immigrants of Berber ancestry from Essaouira. Taghmaoui grew up in the Rose des Vents quartier of the Aulnay-sous-Bois commune . He dropped out of school to become a boxer, rising as high as No. 2 in his weight class in France.
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.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.
Taghmaoui is a practicing Muslim.He moved to the United States in 1999 and in 2008, obtained American citizenship.
|1994||Putain de porte||Jean-Claude Flamand & Delphine Quentin||Short|
|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 histoire||Dominique Tabuteau||TV series (1 episode)|
|L'éducateur||Momo||Dominique Tabuteau (2)||TV series (1 episode)|
|1996||La bougeotte||Jean-Claude Morin||TV movie|
|Elvis Aziz||Elvis Aziz||Frédéric Compain||TV movie|
|1997||Go for Gold !||Moussa||Lucian Segura|
|Les fantômes du samedi soir||Olivier Dahan (2)||Short|
|L'albero dei destini sospesi||Samir||Rachid Benhadj||TV movie|
|1998||Onorevoli detenuti||Omar||Giancarlo Planta|
|The Garden of Eden||Aziz||Alessandro D'Alatri|
|Hideous Kinky||Bilal||Gillies MacKinnon|
|Lascars||Voice||Laurent Nicolas||TV series (1 episode)|
|1999||Prima del tramonto||Alì Ben Sellam||Stefano Incerti|
|Three Kings||Captain Said||David O. Russell|
|Urlaub im Orient||Raschid||Michael Wenning||TV movie|
|2000||La taule||The Innocent||Alain Robak|
|Nationale 7||Rabah||Jean-Pierre Sinapi|
|Ali Zaoua||Dib||Nabil Ayouch|
|Room to Rent||Ali||Khalid Al-Haggar|
|Confession d'un dragueur||Fabio||Alain Soral|
|Absolument fabuleux||Manu||Gabriel Aghion|
|Le petit poucet||The Chief||Olivier Dahan (3)|
|The Good Thief||Paulo||Neil Jordan|
|Entre chiens et loups||Werner||Alexandre Arcady|
|2003||Crime Spree||Sami||Brad 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|
|2005||El khoubz el hafi||Rachid Benhadj (2)|
|2006||Five Fingers||Dark Eyes||Laurence Malkin|
|O Jerusalem||Saïd Chahine||Élie Chouraqui|
|Djihad !||Youssef||Felix Olivier||TV movie|
|Sleeper Cell||Hamid||Charles S. Dutton, Nick Gomez & Leslie Libman||TV series (3 episodes)|
|2007||The Kite Runner||Farid||Marc Forster|
|Suspectes||Stanislas Lamérat||Laurent Dussaux||TV 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 Holmes||TV miniseries|
|Duval et Moretti||Tarek||Dominique Guillo||TV series (1 episode)|
|2009||G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra||Abel Shaz / Breaker||Stephen Sommers|
|Lost||Caesar||Stephen Williams & Jack Bender||TV series (4 episodes)|
|2010||Djinns||Aroui||Hugues & Sandra Martin|
|The Killers||Abazar Khayami||Short|
|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 Ortiz||Various||TV series (10 episodes)|
|2014||The Missing||Khalid Ziane||Tom Shankland||TV series (8 episodes)|
|2015||For All Eyes Always||Iskandar Yasin||Rob Gordon Bralver|
|La nuit est faite pour dormir||Hassan||Adrien Costello||Short|
|2016||The Infiltrator||Amjad Awan||Brad Furman|
|2017||Wonder Woman||Sameer||Patty Jenkins|
|2018||At First Light||Cal||Jason Stone|
|2019||John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum||The Elder||Chad Stahelski|
|TBA||The Forgiven||John Michael McDonagh||Filming|
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