Omar Sy is a French film actor, best known for his duo with Fred Testot, Omar et Fred, and for his role in The Intouchables, written and directed by Olivier Nakache and Ã‰ric Toledano, which became the second highest grossing French film of all time in the French box office. He received the CÃ©sar Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first black actor to win the honorary French award. The role also earned him a nomination for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.
Sy was born in Trappes, France. His father is Senegalese and his mother is from Mauritania. He is a Muslim.