The actor Amidou , 78, the first Moroccan actor to have made a name in France, died Thursday September 19, 2013 evening in a Paris hospital as a result of disease.
Mohammed Amidou Benmessaoud his real name, was born August 2, 1935 in Rabat, Morocco.
The first Moroccan actor to have won an acting award at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, he started in the theater with Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault in "Les Paravents The Screens" by Jean Genet at the Odeon in 1968 .
The dark complexioned actor with a warm smile and charming eyes had a successful career in cinema.
He became one of the favorite actors of Claude Lelouch turning out 10 films with him, the first feature from director "Le propre de l'homme" in 1960.
He also starred in "A Man and a Woman," "Live for Life", "The Thug", "The Beautiful Story " and "And Now... Ladies and gentlemen . "
He was Aisha's father in the TV series of Yamina Benguigui.
Amidou also toured with renowned French director Georges Lautner ("The Suitcase") , Alain Cavalier ("La chamade") , Philippe de Broca ("La poudre d'escampette") and several films of Alexander Arcady ("L'union sacrée", "Le grand pardon 2", "Comme les cinq doigts de la main
the sacred union").
Speaking English, he had a career in the United States with William Friedkin ("The Sorcerer",
"Rules of Engagement "), Otto Preminger ("Rosebud"), John Huston ("Victory is Ours"), John Frankenheimer ("Ronin"), Tony Scott ("Spy Game").
Amidou parallel his film career while appearing regularly on television. He was last seen in the role of the father "Aicha" in the series of Yamina Benguigui .
In 2005, he received at the hands of Martin Scorsese a trophy in his honor at the opening ceremony of the Festival of Marrakech.
Amidou , who had both French and Moroccan nationality, was the father of actress Souad Hamidou .
The actor paved the way for new generations of actors from the Morocco.
The date and place of the funeral are not yet known.
Born: 8/2/1935, Rabat, Morocco
Died: 9192013, Île de France, France
Amidou’s western – actor:
Buddy Goes West – 1981 (Cocoa/Girolamo/Adler)