Welcome to the website for actor Ben Youcef.
Ben Youcef was born in Algiers, on the Mediterranean sea, to a family of 7 children.
Discovered by Steven Spielberg in MUNICH, this theater trained actor studied in London
before working as a top model in NYC for leading designers and advertisers. After moving
to LA he played Guest Leads on LAW & ORDER, CSINY, NCIS:LA, CHICAGO P.D.. He co-starred in FROM THE ROUGH
opposite Taraji Henson and the late Michael Clark Duncan. Based on a story he wrote Ben produced
and starred in THE ALGERIAN that he won BEST ACTOR for at the Downtown LA & London International
Film Festivals. The son of a diplomat Ben speaks fluent Arabic & is the lead Arabic voice for
CALL TO DUTY, MEDAL OF HONOR and X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. He is considered the go-to consultant & voice-over
expert for all five Arabic dialects in both major film and television productions.
My objective as an actor is to bring a new understanding of the Middle Eastern culture to
the rest of the world. My life integrates the Islamic spirit with modern energy. I still
retain an almost naive way of seeing the world that comes from a truthful place of a
kid that was me."
Below is an excerpt from a review of the NBC series episode "Law & Order: Great Satan" guest staring Ben Youcef.
Ben Youcef delivered probably one of the best guest appearances of the year, if not the
best. Characters like this only get less than an hour to develop before our eyes, but Sameer Ahmed really got the chance to
shine and grow from an immigrant caught up in a world of crime to doing the right thing. Perhaps it was his voice that provided
a sympathetic twinge for his character, but you really felt sorry for this guy in the end.
Below is a quote from The Jewish Journal about Ben Youcef leading the prayers before 1500
Jews, Muslims and Christians at the Southern California Islamic Center.
Several Jews migrated over to the prayer room and lined up as the prayer leader led the worship.
It was the full-on experience -- standing, kneeling, bowing -- just what you see on the evening
news but with, yes, some Jews and Christians sprinkled in. I mentioned to a woman standing nearby
that the young man leading the prayers, Abdelwahab Ben Youcef, was almost unnaturally handsome.
Below is a quote from Theolog.org "The Blog of The Christian Century" about Ben Youcef calling to worship. A moving blend of voices issued the call to worship and intoned the benediction at the prayer service. In overlapping sequences, Episcopal priest Ian Elliott Davies sang an Anglican chant. He was joined by Jewish cantor Mark Saltzman and then Muslim muezzin Abdelwahab Benyoucef, who intoned prayers in Hebrew and Arabic. Liturgist Gwynne Guibord, who heads interfaith relations for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, said the singers were to be true to their tradition without concern for musical harmony. But the softly mixing tones spoke volumes about a harmony of purpose. - The Blog of The Christian Century