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Said Taghmaoui

  • Faith: Muslim
  • Career: Actor
  • birthday: July 19, 1973
  • accomplishments: Lost
  • fun faith fact! Said has had success in both America and Europe

When G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra hit the theaters, Said Taghmaoui got a chance to fight terrorists rather than play them. Taghmaoui, a standout actor in France of Moroccan parentage, has steadily built a career in Hollywood, even playing the stereotypical role of the terrorist - but adding nuance, complexity, and even a touch of sympathy every time he takes on such a role. Taghmaoui, who is more widely recognized for his recurring role as Caesar in Season Five of the ABC hit drama "Lost," first had a career as a boxer. Later, with a friend, he wrote and starred in the script for "La Haine" ("Hatred," about race and violence in the ghettos of Paris), which won him awards and accolades. Since then he's made his mark as an international star, making movies in Hollywood (Hidalgo, Three Kings, The Kite Runner), as well as in France and Morocco.

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