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      Tahar Rahim

      Tahar Rahim

      Highest Rated: 96% A Prophet (2009)

      Lowest Rated: 11% Black Gold (2011)

      Birthday: Jul 4, 1981

      Birthplace: Belfort, France

      Tahar Rahim, a handsome leading man from France, showed tremendous crossover power with "A Prophet" (2009), a gritty crime film that earned raves for his powerful lead performance. Rahim's work was known not just for its emotional power, but also for his sharp ear in adopting different accents and dialects. Tahar Rahim was born on July 4, 1981 in Belfort, France. Rahim was initially interested in sports and computer science, before he studied film at Paul Valery University of Montpellier. Next Rahim studied drama at Laboratoire de l'Acteur, juggling regular jobs in a factory and a night club to keep himself solvent while he honed his craft. Rahim made his debut in "The 9/11 Commission Report" (2006), where he played a Taliban Interrogator. Then Rahim scored a role on the mini-series "La Commune" (2007) for the Canal+ network. A writer on the show, Abdel Raouf Dafri, wrote "A Prophet," the violent crime film that would earn Rahim international acclaim. But it was not an easy job for Rahim to secure. Rahim even ran into the director of "A Prophet," Jacques Audiard, in a taxi cab, and told him he was a fan. Yet even though Audiard knew who Rahim was, the actor still had to go through three months of auditions and eight callbacks before he finally got the gig. "A Prophet" showed Rahim's knack for adopting other dialects and personas. In the starring role, Rahim played a Middle Eastern man who becomes a crime lord while he's imprisoned in France. "A Prophet" (2009) earned strong buzz, especially for Rahim's performance. Rahim won an unprecedented two Cesar Awards for his work in "A Prophet," for Best Actor and Most Promising Actor. Rahim next worked hard to nail his Gallic accent for "The Eagle" (2011), and he also starred in "Love and Bruises" (2011), which was directed by the controversial Chinese filmmaker Lou Ye.

      Highest rated movies

      96% A Prophet
      93% Our Children
      92% Heal the Living
      92% The Past
      90% Grand Central
      76% Free Men
      75% The Mauritanian
      61% Samba

      Photos

      Tahar Rahim The Last Panthers, Tahar Rahim, 'Episode 102', Season 1, Ep. #2, ©SC SAMBA, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ph: David Koskas/©Broad Green Pictures SAMBA, with buckets, from left: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ph: David Koskas/©Broad Green Pictures SAMBA, from left: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ph: David Koskas/©Broad Green Pictures SAMBA, from left: Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ph: David Koskas/©Broad Green Pictures LE PERE NOEL, from left: Tahar Rahim, Victor Cabal, 2014. ©Mars Distribution BLACK GOLD, (aka OR NOIR), from left: Akin Gazi, Tahar Rahim, 2011. ph: David Koskas/©Warner Bros BLACK GOLD, (aka OR NOIR), from left: Antonio Banderas, Tahar Rahim, 2011. ph: David Koskas/©Warner Bros BLACK GOLD, (aka OR NOIR), from left: Freida Pinto, Tahar Rahim, 2011. ph: David Koskas/©Warner Bros BLACK GOLD, (aka OR NOIR), from left: Tahar Rahim, Antonio Banderas, 2011. ph: David Koskas/©Warner Bros MARY MAGDALENE, FROM LEFT: TAHAR RAHIM AS JUDAS, ROONEY MARA AS MARY MAGDALENE, 2018. PH: JONATHAN OLLEY/© IFC FILMS MARY MAGDALENE, TAHAR RAHIM AS JUDAS, 2018. © IFC FILMS MARY MAGDALENE, TAHAR RAHIM AS JUDAS, 2018. PH: JONATHAN OLLEY/© IFC FILMS OUR CHILDREN, (aka A PERDRE LA RAISON), from left: Tahar Rahim, Emilie Dequenne, 2012. ©DistriB Films LE PERE NOEL, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ©Mars Distribution LE PERE NOEL, from left: Tahar Rahim, Victor Cabal, 2014. ©Mars Distribution MARY MAGDALENE, FROM LEFT: JOAQUIN PHOENIX AS JESUS, TAHAR RAHIM AS JUDAS, 2018. PH: JONATHAN OLLEY/© IFC FILMS LE PERE NOEL, from left: Victor Cabal, Tahar Rahim, 2014. ©Mars Distribution LE PERE NOEL, from left: Tahar Rahim, Victor Cabal, 2014. ©Mars Distribution

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      11% 57% Madame Web Ezekiel Sims (Character) $43.7M 2024
      58% 59% Napoleon Paul Barras (Character) $61.2M 2023
      44% No Score Yet Don Juan Laurent (Character) - 2022
      75% 84% The Mauritanian Mohamedou Ould Slahi (Character) $832.4K 2021
      31% 85% The Kindness of Strangers Marc (Character) - 2019
      44% 49% Mary Magdalene Judas (Character) $114.3K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Treat Me Like Fire Abel (Character) - 2018
      14% No Score Yet The Price of Success Brahim Mecheri (Character) - 2017
      55% 54% Daguerrotype Jean (Character) - 2016
      92% 68% Heal the Living Thomas Rémige (Character) $3.2K 2016
      No Score Yet 46% The Anarchists Jean Albertini (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 38% Santa Claus Le Père Noël (Character) - 2014
      58% 67% The Cut Nazaret Manoogian (Character) $28.1K 2014
      61% 55% Samba Walid dit Wilson (Character) $149.8K 2014
      92% 83% The Past Samir (Character) $1.3M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Border Informant Redjani Belimane (Character) - 2013
      90% 44% Grand Central Gary Manda (Character) - 2013
      93% 69% Our Children Mounir (Character) $5.5K 2012
      No Score Yet 35% Love and Bruises Mathieu (Character) - 2011
      76% 65% Free Men Younes (Character) $53.8K 2011
      11% 52% Black Gold Auda (Character) - 2011
      39% 41% The Eagle Seal Prince (Character) $19.5M 2011
      96% 89% A Prophet Malik El Djebena (Character) $2.1M 2009

      TV

      Credit
      43% 58% Extrapolations Omar (Character) 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2021
      69% 81% The Serpent Charles Sobhraj (Character) 2021
      69% 78% The Eddy Farid (Character) 2020
      88% 68% The Looming Tower Ali Soufan (Character) 2018
      88% 56% The Last Panthers Khalil (Character) 2015