His name is pronounced, Sy-eed Ta-maw-wee.
Saïd's name means "happy" in Arabic.
Said grew up with G.I. Joe and was a huge fan before he was cast in the 2009 movie.
His ability to speak seven languages helped him land the role of Breaker, the teams communications expert, in the 2009 Super Hero Blockbuster G.I. JOE.
Said became a deft break-dancer and joined a French gangsta-rap group called Assassin.
He grew up in la Cité des 3000, the notorious ghetto in Aulnay-sous-Bois, the poor Paris suburb and flash point for France's race riots in 2005.
He is probably best known to US audiences as Iraqi interrogator Captain Said, the guy who tortures Mark Wahlberg, in the movie Three Kings.
With his first big check from his movie La Haine he bought his family a nice house.
He worked on his American-accented English by watching movies and listening to music.
Said: (On his role in the new G.I. JOE movie)
This one will be a spectacular change [from dramatic roles] as I am surrounded by cool vehicles, flying ships, Lasers and high tech gadgets.
Said: (On his decision to make movies outside his native country of France)
As a minority actor in France, you often wind up playing the buffoon. So I went international.