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Amidou

Actor
Died September 19, 2013 (78 years)
From Wikipedia

Hamidou Benmessaoud (Arabic: حميدو بنمسعود‎; 2 August 1935 – 19 September 2013), best known as Amidou, was a Moroccan-French film, television and stage actor.

Born in Rabat, at 17 Amidou moved to Paris to attend the CNSAD. In 1968 he made his debut on stage, in Jean Genet's Les paravents.

Amidou is probably best known for his association with director Claude Lelouch, with whom he has shot eleven films, including the Lelouch's film debut Le propre de l'homme (1960). He made his debut in a Maroccan film in 1969, starring in Soleil de printemps directed by Latif Lahlou. His career includes roles in Spaghetti Westerns like Buddy Goes West and several American productions, including William Friedkin's Sorcerer, John Frankenheimer's Ronin and John Huston's Escape to Victory.

In 1969 Amidou was awarded best actor at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival for his role in Life Love Death by Claude Lelouch, later he won best actor awards at the Cairo Film Festival (for Pursuit by Leila Triquie) and at the Tangier Film Festival (for Rachid Boutounes' Here and There). In 2005, he received at the hands of Martin Scorsese a Lifetime Career Award at the International Film Festival of Marrakech. He was also the first Moroccan actor to have won an acting award at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art.

Amidou died on 19 September 2013 in Paris, France. He was 78.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Hideous Kinky
  • And Now Ladies & Gentlemen
Known For
  • Sorcerer
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Hideous Kinky
  • Buddy Goes West
  • And Now Ladies & Gentlemen
  • Heartbeat
  • The Crook
  • Life Love Death
  • Rosebud
  • L'union sacrée
  • Unveiled
  • Heaven's Doors
  • Smic Smac Smoc
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Touch and Go
  • Countdown to Vengeance
  • Secret Obsession
  • Brigade Anti Gangs
  • Soleil
  • The Punishment

Filmography

2012
2011
2011
Aïcha : Job à tout prix · as Mr. Bouamaza
2010
What War May Bring · as Cameo Appearance
2010
2009
Aïcha · as M. Bouamaza
2008
Aisha (TV Series) · as Monsieur Bouamaza
2007
Ali Baba · as Le Caliphe
2006
2002
And Now Ladies & Gentlemen · as L'inspecteur De Police
2001
Spy Game · as Dr. Ahmed
2000
Rules of Engagement · as Dr. Ahmar
1998
Hideous Kinky · as Sufi Sheikh
1998
Ronin · as Man At Exchange
1997
Josephine, Guardian Angel (TV Series) · as Farid
1997
Soleil · as Mokzar
1994
Unveiled · as Det. Brahms
1992
Hot Chocolate · as Beauregard
1992
Le grand pardon II · as Si Ali
1992
La belle histoire · as Le Berger
1990
There Were Days... and Moons · as The Incredulous Policeman
1989
Secret Obsession · as Slim
1989
Navarro (TV Series) · as Rubio Manico
1989
L'union sacrée · as Le Kabyle
1985
Farewell to Fred · as Poupée
1985
1981
Victory · as André
1981
Buddy Goes West · as Girolamo / Eagle Eye
1977
Sorcerer · as Kassem / 'martinez'
1975
Rosebud · as Kirkbane
1973
Man in the Trunk · as Abdul
1973
The Punishment · as Raymond
1972
What a Flash! · as Bit Part
1972
1971
Touch and Go · as Ali
1971
Smic Smac Smoc · as Robert 'smoc'
1971
1970
The Crook · as Bill
1969
Life Love Death · as François Toledo
1968
Heartbeat · as Etienne
1967
Antoine et Cléopâtre · as Sesotris
1967
Sorrel Flower · as Francis, Le Porte-Flingue D'albert Roza
1967
Live for Life · as Photographe
1966
Brigade Anti Gangs · as Nez Cassé
1966
Cécilia, médecin de campagne (TV Series) · as Ricardo Pozzoni
1962
L'Inspecteur Leclerc enquête (TV Series) · as Un Blouson Gris
1961
Flore et Blancheflore · as L'aubergiste

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