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BornAmidou_header_cell_0_1_0 Hamidou Benmessaoud

(1935-08-02)2 August 1935 Rabat, MoroccoAmidou_cell_0_1_1

DiedAmidou_header_cell_0_2_0 19 September 2013(2013-09-19) (aged 78)


OccupationAmidou_header_cell_0_3_0 ActorAmidou_cell_0_3_1

Hamidou Benmessaoud (Arabic: حميدو بنمسعود‎; 2 August 1935 – 19 September 2013), best known as Amidou, was a Moroccan-French film, television, and stage actor. Amidou_sentence_0

Born in Rabat, at 17 Amidou moved to Paris to attend the CNSAD. Amidou_sentence_1

In 1968 he made his debut on stage, in Jean Genet's Les paravents. Amidou_sentence_2

Amidou was best known for his association with director Claude Lelouch, with whom he shot eleven films, including Lelouch's film debut Le propre de l'homme (1960). Amidou_sentence_3

He made his debut in a Moroccan film in 1969, starring in Soleil de printemps directed by Latif Lahlou. Amidou_sentence_4

His career included 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. Amidou_sentence_5

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, and later 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). Amidou_sentence_6

In 2005 he received, at the hands of Martin Scorsese, a Lifetime Career Award at the International Film Festival of Marrakech. Amidou_sentence_7

He was also the first Moroccan actor to have won an acting award at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art. Amidou_sentence_8

Amidou died on 19 September 2013 in Paris, France because of an undisclosed illness. Amidou_sentence_9

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YearAmidou_header_cell_1_0_0 TitleAmidou_header_cell_1_0_1 AuthorAmidou_header_cell_1_0_2 DirectorAmidou_header_cell_1_0_3
1961Amidou_cell_1_1_0 RossAmidou_cell_1_1_1 Terence RattiganAmidou_cell_1_1_2 Michel VitoldAmidou_cell_1_1_3
1965Amidou_cell_1_2_0 The Siege of NumantiaAmidou_cell_1_2_1 Miguel de CervantesAmidou_cell_1_2_2 Jean-Louis BarraultAmidou_cell_1_2_3
1966Amidou_cell_1_3_0 Henry VIAmidou_cell_1_3_1 William ShakespeareAmidou_cell_1_3_2 Jean-Louis BarraultAmidou_cell_1_3_3
The ScreensAmidou_cell_1_4_0 Jean GenetAmidou_cell_1_4_1 Roger BlinAmidou_cell_1_4_2

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