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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.

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Aug 2, 1935 In Rabat, Morocco
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie To Be a Crook 1965-06-01
Latest Project:
Movie Aïcha : Vacances infernales 2012-06-20
Known For
Poster of Aïcha : Job à tout prix
Poster of Hideous Kinky
Poster of Buddy goes West
Movie Aïcha : Vacances infernales M. Bouamaza 2012-06-20
Movie Aïcha : Job à tout prix M. Bouamaza 2011-03-02
Movie Aïcha : La grande débrouille M. Bouamaza 2011-09-07
Movie Comme les 5 doigts de la main Lakdar 2010-04-28
Movie Aïcha M. Bouamaza 2009-05-13
Movie Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs Le Caliphe 2007-11-10
Movie And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... l'inspecteur de police 2002-05-29
Movie Spy Game Dr. Ahmed 2001-11-18
Movie Rules of Engagement Dr. Ahmar 2000-04-07
Movie Ronin Man at Exchange 1998-09-25
Movie Hideous Kinky Sufi Sheikh 1998-11-17
Movie Lalla Hoby 1996-01-02
Movie Hot Chocolate Beauregard 1992-01-01
Movie The Beautiful Story Le berger 1992-03-18
Movie Le grand pardon 2 Si Ali 1992-12-09
Movie Bitter Champagne Slim 1986-01-01
Movie Farewell Fred Poupée 1985-01-30
Movie Buddy goes West Girolamo / Eagle Eye 1981-05-14
Movie Escape to Victory The French - Andre 1981-06-17
Movie Sorcerer Kassem / 'Martinez' 1977-06-24
Movie Man in the Trunk Abdul 1973-10-12
Movie The Punishment Raymond 1973-06-28
Movie Touch and Go Ali 1971-08-31
Movie The Crook Bill 1970-11-20
Movie Life Love Death François Toledo 1969-01-29
Movie Spring Sun 1969-01-02
Movie Heartbeat Etienne 1968-10-30
Movie Live for Life photographe 1967-09-13
Movie Sorrel Flower Francis 1967-09-22
Movie Brigade Anti Gangs Nez Cassé 1966-08-18
Movie To Be a Crook Amidou 1965-06-01
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