French actor of Berber origin, best known for his leading role as Daniel in the film Taxi and its sequels.
For several years he tried to find his place on stage, but his efforts were rewarded only by participating in crowd scenes. It was at this time that he decided to change his name from Saïd to Samy.
Director Thomas Gilou (French) Russian gave him his first real chance - the role of Nordine in the film “Paradise (film, 1995) (French) Russian.” Naseri impressed critics and won two awards at the Locarno International Film Festival and the Paris Film Festival.
Naceri's career took off after an unexpected meeting with director and producer Luc Besson. They met on the set of the film Leon (1994), in which the young actor played the role of a policeman in a helmet in one of the last scenes. Their paths would cross again a few years later, on the set of the video for the group IAM.
In his film, Besson gives Sami the role of Daniel, a young taxi driver from Marseille with a passion for powerful cars and crazy speeds. Despite lukewarm reviews, Taxi (1998) turns out to be a commercial success. This pushes producers to make sequels: “Taxi 2” (2000), “Taxi 3” (2003) and “Taxi 4” (2007), in which a handsome taxi driver, against his will, serves the authorities.
In 2006, the actor received the award for Best Actor in the film “The Patriots” at the Cannes Film Festival (along with other actors from this film).
After 2009, due to frequent problems with the law, he began to appear on television less and less often. In 2015, he played in the theatrical production of “L’indien cherche le Bronx” at the Théâtre du Gymnase.
1980 - Inspector la bavure - in the crowd
1989 - The French Revolution / La Révolution française (uncredited)
1994 - Nestor Burma (episode "The Fifth Department") / Une aventure de Nestor Burma (épisode "Le cinquième procédé") - Farid's assistant (uncredited)
1994 - Leon / Léon - policeman in a helmet (SWAT 1)
1994 - Brothers: Red Roulette / Frères: La roulette rouge
1995 - Rai / Raï - Nordin
1996 - / Double pain - Sammy
1996 - / Malik le maudit - Mohamed
1996 - / Coup de vice - Zeff
1996 - Why? / Pourquoi partir? — Thierry
1997 - / Maintenant ou jamais - Ahmed
1997 - Love in Paris - drug dealer #1
1997 - / Autre chose à foutre qu'aimer - Manu
1997 - Great job / Bouge! —Zn
1997 - Under the feet of women / Sous les pieds des femmes - Mohammed
1998 - / La dernière des romantiques - Malik
1998 - Taxi - Daniel Morales
1998 - Songs of the Mob / Cantique de la racaille - Joel
1998 - Mounir et Anita
1999 – / Un pur moment de rock’n roll (Kamel)
1999 - One for all / Une pour toutes (Sam Morvan)
2000 - Taxi 2 / Taxi 2 - Daniel Morales
2000 - There... my country / Là-bas... mon pays - Issam
2001 - Boy with Thumb / Le Petit poucet - soldier
2001 - Free Fall / L'Aîné des Ferchaux - Mike M
2001 — Philosopher / Philosophale
2002 - Hornet's Nest / Nid de guêpes (Nasser)
2002 - League / Féroce - Alain
2002 - Repentance / La Repentie (Karim)
2002 - Brigade in French / La Mentale (Yanis)
2003 - Taxi 3 / Taxi 3 - Daniel Morales
2003 - / Coup double (short film)
2005 - / Bab el web (Kamel)
2006 - Patriots / Indigènes - Yassir
2007 - Taxi 4 / Taxi 4 - Daniel Morales
2008 - Girls and Angels / Des poupées et des anges - father
2009 - / Cas ID - Pierrot
2012 - No return / Voyage sans retour - Inspector Jos
2013 - Tip Top / Tip Top - Herald
2016 - Room / La pièce - teacher
2017 - Superalibi / Alibi.com - taxi driver
2018 - Identification / Identités - Roger
2019 - Gone into the Mist - Oracle Collector
2021 - Savior / Redemption Day - Jafar el Gadi
2023 - Immigrant
Awards and nominations[edit | edit code]
1995 - Paris Film Festival Award in the category “Best Actor” (“Paradise”).
1995 - Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in the category "Best Actor" ("Paradise").
1999 - nomination for a Cesar Award in the category "Most Promising Actor" ("Taxi").
2006 – Cannes Film Festival award in the category “Best Acting Ensemble” (“Patriots”).