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Samy Naceri (born 2 July 1961) is a French actor known for his work in the four Taxi movies and The Code (La Mentale).

He was born Saïd Naceri to an Algerian father and French mother in the 4th arrondissement of Paris and spent his childhood in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil. He shared the award for Best Actor for his role in the film Days of Glory at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



Stemming from a substance abuse charge in 2003, Samy was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment with deferment, had his driving licence suspended for three years, and was penalized with a 5,000 fine for a road rage incident in which he smashed a car and assaulted one of its occupants.[2] [3] [4] [5]

In November 2005, after waiting for a late guest, Naceri attacked a 22-year-old man with an ashtray at a trendy Paris restaurant.[6] The actor was convicted for assault and spent two months in jail.[7] He was released in February 2006. Then, in December 2006 he was imprisoned for racially abusing police officers.[8] In January 2007 he was accused of attempted murder after stabbing a security guard in Aix-en-Provence, He was sentenced to 9 months in prison (6 months suspended) for violence and was also sentenced to 1 month in prison for assaulting two guards at a medical centre where he was being treated for overdosing on drugs.[9][10] In January 2009, he was arrested again for stabbing a man in the neck with a knife. The sentence is pending.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Days of Glory". Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  2. ^ Philippe DU TANNEY, Les nouvelles frasques de Samy Naceri, in Le Figaro, no. 17644, jeudi 3 mai 2001, p. 16
  3. ^ Philippe DU TANNEY, Sami Naceri condamné pour injures, dans Le Figaro, no. 17668, jeudi 31 mai 2001, p. 11
  4. ^ Philippe du TANNEY, Le timide repentir de Samy Naceri, in Le Figaro, no. 18071, samedi 14 septembre 2002, p. 10
  5. ^ Associated Press, Samy Naceri à l'amende, in Le Monde, samedi 12 octobre 2002
  6. ^ Christophe Ono-Dit-Biot, Samy l'embrouille a encore frappé, in Le Point, jeudi 1er décembre 2005, p. 82.
  7. ^ Le Monde, lundi 28 novembre 2005, p. 8
  8. ^ BBC NEWS | World | Europe | French actor jailed over insults
  9. ^ - Actor Samy Naceri Sentenced in Two Cases - Celebrity Gossip | Entertainment News | Arts And Entertainment
  10. ^ « Samy Naceri de nouveau devant la justice ! »,, 15 Octobre 2008.

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