Ghassan Massoud

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Ghassan Massoud
غسّان مسعود
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Born Ghassan Ridwan Massoud
غسّان مسعود

(1958-09-20) 20 September 1958 (age 60)
Fejlit, Duraykish District, Tartus Syria
Occupation Actor

Ghassan Massoud (Arabic: غسّان مسعود‎; born September 20, 1958) is a Syrian actor and filmmaker. He is known in the West for playing the role of Muslim ruler Saladin in Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven.

Massoud also played the "Sheikh" in the Turkish film Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak (Valley of the Wolves: Iraq), Ammand the Corsair in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End[1] and Ramesses II's Grand Vizier, Paser in Ridley Scott's 2014 Bible epic, Exodus.[2] Massoud turned down a role in the 2005 film Syriana, claiming he feared the movie would be anti-Arab.[1] Massoud also cited concerns regarding the political situation in his country and the wider region in declining the role. He later said he regretted his decision after seeing the completed film.[3] Massoud is known in Syria for his appearance in many Syrian-made films, and writing and directing the theatre play Diplomasiyyoun, and was part of the Syrian Ministry of Culture’s National Theater’s 2002 season. He has appeared in the Syrian television miniseries The Chant of Rain, and in Haytham Hakky's well known work Memories of the Forthcoming Age, and on the Syrian stage was an actor in August Strindberg's Miss Julie. Most recently, he starred as the companion of Muhammad, Abu Bakr in MBC's series Omar.

Massoud was born in a small village called Fejlit in Durakish, Tartus, Syria. He is married and has a son and a daughter. Massoud teaches Drama at both the Damascus Music and Drama School and Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts.


Year Title Role Note
1995 The Survivor Shamoon Arabic title: Al-mutabaqqī (المتبقي)
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Saladin
2006 Valley of the Wolves: Iraq Sheikh Abdurrahman Halis Karkuki Turkish title: Kurtlar Vadisi: Irak
2006 Dhilal al sammt
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Ammand
2007 Juba Al-Syeikh Suleiman Al-'Ābid
2008 The Promise Sahrawi ِArabic title: Al-wa'd (الوعد)
2009 The Butterfly Mevlevi Dede Turkish title: Kelebek
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Paser
2016 Baron Sulaymani
2017 All the Money in the World Arab Sheikh


  1. ^ a b "Ghassan Massoud in Pirates of The Caribbean : At World's End". WALEG. Retrieved 2007-05-24.
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  3. ^ "Modern Syria Through Saladin's Eyes". Robert Fisk. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-11-13.

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