SaÃ?Æ?Ã?Â¯d Taghmaoui was born July 19th 1973 in Villepinte, Seine-Saint-Denis, France, to Morrocan immigrant parents. He has 9 siblings. He dropped out of school at a young age and became a boxer; at one point ranking number 2 in France in his category. He met Mathieu Kassovitz with whom he co-wrote the 1995 French film "La Haine" which won the Best Director award in Cannes. Kassovitz directed the movie in which SaÃ?Æ?Ã?Â¯d played one of the leads. Since than SaÃ?Æ?Ã?Â¯d has been a force in French cinema and has made films in Italy, Germany, The United States and Morroco.