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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1969: François Toledo - La vie, l'amour, la mort
2012: M. Bouamaza - Aïcha : Vacances infernales
1996: Lalla Hoby
1961: Le propre de l'homme
2004: هنا ولهيه
2009: M. Bouamaza - Aïcha
1971: Tre dritti a St. Tropez
2006: Heaven's Doors
2007: Hamou - أرڭانة
1965: Amidou - Une fille et des fusils
1968: Etienne - La Chamade
1977: Kassem / 'Martinez' - Sorcerer
2011: M. Bouamaza - Aïcha : Job à tout prix
2011: M. Bouamaza - Aïcha : La grande débrouille
1971: Smic Smac Smoc
2002: Une histoire d'amour
1992: Beauregard - Hot Chocolate
1969: Soleil de printemps
1986: Slim - Champagne amer
1970: Bill - Le voyou
1971: Ali - La poudre d'escampette
1966: Nez Cassé - Brigade antigangs
1973: Abdul - La Valise
1985: Poupée - Adieu Blaireau
2001: Dr. Ahmed - Spy Game
1981: Girolamo / Eagle Eye - Occhio alla penna
1998: Sufi Sheikh - Hideous Kinky
2000: Dr. Ahmar - Rules of Engagement
2002: l'inspecteur de police - And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...
1967: photographe - Vivre pour vivre
1971: Macias - Comptes à rebours
1975: Kirkbane - Rosebud
1998: Man at Exchange - Ronin
2007: Le Caliphe - Ali Baba et les 40 Voleurs
2010: Lakdar - Comme les 5 doigts de la main
1967: Francis - Fleur d'oseille
1992: Si Ali - Le Grand Pardon 2
1973: Raymond - La punition
1992: Le berger - La belle histoire
1981: The French - Andre - Escape to Victory

TV CREDITS:
2007: le Khalif - Ali Baba et les 40 voleurs
1998: self - Vivement dimanche

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