Actor Saïd Taghmaoui was born on July 19, 1973 in Seine-Saint-Denis, France. Of Moroccan descent, he dropped out of school when he became an amateur boxer. He broke out in 1995, when he appeared in the independent film La Haine, which he also co-wrote with its director Mathieu Kassovitz. This also earned him a César Award nomination the following year.
He has since appeared in numerous movies, splitting his time in Los Angeles, France and Morocco. Some of these include Three Kings, The Kite Runner, Vantage Point and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. His television work include the BBC miniseries The House of Saddam, and an upcoming episode of Lost.