Sayed Badreya

Sayed Badreya Movies and TV Shows

Egyptian-born film-maker and actor Sayed Badreya realized a childhood dream by winning roles in major Hollywood films such as The Insider, Three Kings, and Independence Day. Growing up in poverty in Port Said, Sayed Badreya's dreams of movie stardom looked as bleak as the prospect of peace in the Middle East. From the Six Day War in '67 through the Yom Kippur War in '73, his only escape from the world he knew was the movie theater, where films transported him to a magical land. But it was here that he determined he was destined to be a part of that magic. After attending New York University film school, and then moving to Hollywood, Sayed first worked in the film industry as an assistant to actor/director Anthony Perkins, and then with director James Cameron on True Lies. His mission - to make movies that told the Arabic- American story, since it had yet to be told - led to the creation of his own production company, Zoom In Focus. Under this banner, he directed and produced the documentary, Saving Egyptian Film Classics as well as The Interrogation, which won Best Creative Short Film at New York International Film Festival. He also produced and starred in Hesham Issawi's short, T for Terrorist, which was awarded Best Short Film at the Boston International Film Festival and the San Francisco World Film Festival. In 2007, he played his first leading role in the English language motion picture American East, a film that he also co-wrote. 2008 was Sayed Badreya's breakout year. He captivated audiences as Abu Bakaar, the villainous arms dealer who kidnaps Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the summer's blockbuster Iron Man. Also that year, Sayed played the comedic Palestinian cab driver opposite Adam Sandler in You Don't Mess with the Zohan. This summer, Sayed can be seen in Paramount Pictures' feature film El traspatio aka Backyard, directed by Oscar-nominated Carlos Carrera in which he plays a serial killer opposite Ana de la Reguera. Sayed can also be seen this summer in Movie 43, where he plays opposite Halle Berry. Additional forthcoming films include The Three Stooges, his fifth film with the Farrelly brothers; The Dictator, playing Sascha Baron Cohen's father as the original Dictator, and Just Like a Woman, with Oscar nominated director Rachid Bouchareb. Also, Sayed is going to a new frontier in the new video game Uncharted 3, playing Ramses the Great Pirate Captain. Most recently he completed his second leading role in the New York independent feature, Cargo, about human traffickers, directed by Yan Vizinberg. And he just finished co-starring opposite Oscar-nominated actress Melissa Leo in film The Space Between, directed by Travis Fine. Sayed has also worked as an actor, Arabic dialect coach, and Islamic technical advisor on Path to 9/11, a $40 million mini-series about the events leading up to 9/11 produced by ABC/Touchstone. Sayed's efforts to bring attention to Arab-Americans in the motion picture industry have received much coverage over the years on radio, television, and in major publications around the world, such as The New York Times, GQ, NPR, ABC's "Politically Incorrect" with Bill Maher, BBC's "Panorama," CNN, "Fox Report with Shepard Smith", The Hollywood Reporter and Egypt Today.

Personal info

  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: 5/1/1957 (66 years old)
  • Place of birth: Port Said, Egypt
Year
Genre
IMDB
TMDB
Available on the following streaming services in the UK
Vanguard
IMDB 4.7
TMDB 64%
role:
Abati
2020

Action

Adventure

Crime

4.7
64%
2013

Comedy

Drama

TV Movie

5.5
53%
Movie 43
IMDB 4.3
TMDB 45%
role:
Large Man (segment "Truth or Dare")
2013

Comedy

4.3
45%
2012

Comedy

6.4
61%
2012

Comedy

5.1
57%
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Backyard
IMDB 6.9
TMDB 62%
role:
El Sultán
2009

Crime

Drama

Mystery

Thriller

6.9
62%
AmericanEast
IMDB 6.1
TMDB 62%
role:
Writer & 1 more
2008

Drama

Romance

6.1
62%
2008

Action

Comedy

5.6
57%
Iron Man
IMDB 7.9
TMDB 76%
role:
Abu Bakaar
2008

Action

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.9
76%
Stuck on You
IMDB 5.8
TMDB 53%
role:
Assisting Surgeon
2003

Comedy

5.8
53%
Shallow Hal
IMDB 6.0
TMDB 62%
role:
Doctor Sayed
2001

Comedy

Romance

6.0
62%
Three Kings
IMDB 7.1
TMDB 66%
role:
Iraqi Tank Major
1999

Action

Comedy

War & Politics

7.1
66%
The Insider
IMDB 7.8
TMDB 75%
role:
Hezbollah Head Gunman
1999

Drama

History

Thriller

7.8
75%
Kingpin
IMDB 6.9
TMDB 65%
role:
Fatima
1996

Comedy

6.9
65%
Independence Day
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 69%
role:
Arab Pilot
1996

Action

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.0
69%
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Stargate
IMDB 7.0
TMDB 70%
role:
Arabic Interpreter
1994

Action

Adventure

Sci-Fi & Fantasy

7.0
70%
True Lies
IMDB 7.3
TMDB 71%
role:
Arab Terrorist (uncredited)
1994

Action

Thriller

7.3
71%

FAQs

Some movies or TV shows available in the UK starring or involving Sayed Badreya are, for example, Vanguard, Just Like a Woman and Movie 43.
The streaming services with the largest selection are Prime Video, Amazon and iTunes.
The best StreamHint ratings are Iron Man (7.8), The Insider (7.7) and True Lies (7.2).
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