Saïd Taghmaoui

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Saïd Taghmaoui
Saïd Taghmaoui Cannes.jpg
Taghmaoui at the Cannes Film Festival
Born (1973-07-19) July 19, 1973 (age 42)
Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Citizenship dual French and United States[1]
Occupation Actor, screenwriter
Years active 1994–present
Home town Aulnay-sous-Bois, Paris

Saïd Taghmaoui (born July 19, 1973) is a French American actor and screenwriter. 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 the Iraqi interrogator captain in Three Kings (1999), and Omar in Traitor (2008).

Life and career[edit]

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.[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.[citation needed]

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. 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[edit]

Taghmaoui is a practicing Muslim.[4] In addition to French, he speaks English, German and Italian. He moved to the United States in 1999. In 2008, he obtained U.S. citizenship.[1]


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  1. ^ a b c Noualhat, Laure (4 August 2009). "Hollywood buvard". Libération. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Wrathall, John (February 4, 1999). "Film: The Human Volcano". London: The Independent. Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Paris Match 3118, 19–25 February 2009.
  4. ^ Roudaby, Youssef (24 June 2015). "Saïd Taghmaoui effectue les prières des tarawih et le fait savoir sur Facebook". Huffington Post. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Jensen, Jeff "Doc", (September 10, 2008): "Lost Exclusive: The Second Half of Season 5's New Mystery Duo", Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on September 10, 2008.

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