OMAR SY (Samba) is an award-winning French actor, comedian, writer and television personality who is quickly establishing himself as a promising international star. He came to the attention of worldwide audiences in The Intouchables, for which he won the César Award for Best Actor in 2012. Sy and François Cluzet also shared the Best Actor Award at the 2011 Tokyo International Film Festival. An international hit, The Intouchables was nominated in the Best Foreign Film category at the Golden Globe Awards® and the BAFTA Awards. Sy also collaborated with filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano on two previous films, So Close (2008) and Those Happy Days (2006).
Sy can now be seen in Jurassic World, alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Forthcoming releases include Adam Jones, with Bradley Cooper, Alicia Vikander and Jamie Dornan, and Inferno, the next Dan Brown adaptation, to be directed by Ron Howard and co-starring Tom Hanks.
Sy was recently seen in his first American venture, X-Men: Days of Future Past, as part of a star-studded cast. Other feature-film credits include Christophe Campos’ La Loi de Murphy, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs and Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s King Guillaume. He has voiced characters in the animated films Bolt, The Storytelling Show, Lascars, Marmaduke and Fish’n Chips.
Sy has been writing and performing comedic sketches with Fred Testot for more than 10 years. They are among France’s biggest comedy stars and their sketch series, “SAV des emissions,” is a long-running television hit. Their first television series, “Omar et Fred,” aired from 1999-2003 on Canal+. The duo have also made several successful stage tours.
Other television credits include “Le Grand Journal,” “La Vraie Vie d’ Omar & Fred” and the telefilm “Si j’étais lui.”
The actor currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.