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El Hedi ben Salem (1936–1977)

El Hedi ben Salem was born in 1936 in Redeyef, Gafsa, Tunisia. He was an actor, known for Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) and Tenderness of the Wolves (1973). He died in 1977 in Nîmes, Gard, France. See full bio »


(age 41) in Nîmes, Gard, France

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Known For

Tenderness of the Wolves Französischer Soldat
World on a Wire Bodyguard


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 1975 Fox and His Friends
Salem the Moroccan (uncredited)
 1975 Like a Bird on a Wire (TV Movie)
 1974/I Martha (TV Movie)
Hotel guest
 1973 World on a Wire (TV Mini-Series)
Bodyguard (as Elhedi Ben Salem)
 1973 Tenderness of the Wolves
Französischer Soldat
 1972-1973 Eight Hours Don't Make a Day (TV Mini-Series)
Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter
- Irmgard und Rolf (1973) ... Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter (uncredited)
- Franz und Ernst (1973) ... Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter (uncredited)
- Oma und Gregor (1972) ... Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter (uncredited)
- Jochen und Marion (1972) ... Dunkelhäutiger Arbeiter (uncredited)
 1973 Jail Bait (TV Movie)
Franz's friend
 1972 The Merchant of Four Seasons
The Arab (as Salem El Heïdi)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Salem El Hedi | Salem El Heïdi | El Hedi ben Salem m' Barek Mohammed Mustafa | El Hedi Ben Salem | Elhedi Ben Salem

Did You Know?


He hanged himself in a French prison in 1977. The news of his death was kept hidden from Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who only heard about it a few months prior to his own death in 1982. Fassbinder dedicated Querelle (1982) to Salem. See more »


Frequently cast in Rainer Werner Fassbinder films.

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