Hassani Shapi

Hassani Shapi (born 15 July 1973), is a Kenyan actor, particularly active in Italian cinema.[1][2] He is best known for the roles in the films Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, The World Is Not Enough and Il maresciallo Rocca.[3]

Hassani Shapi
Hassani Shapi

(1973-07-15) July 15, 1973 (age 48)
Mombasa, Kenya
Years active1976–present

Personal lifeEdit

He was born on 15 July 1973 in Mombasa, Kenya. He obtained his masters degree in Paris, France in veterinary science. After becoming a veterinary doctor, he worked in a private clinic in Paris. After few years, he quit the job and to get into acting.[4]


He first worked to an English theatre company in Paris called ACT. He has involved theater and played in several plays such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Animal Farm, The Old Man and the Sea and Don Quixote. In 1992, he made television debut in some episodes of the series Runaway Bay directed by Tim Dowd. After six years later in 1998, he reappeared in television for a single episode of serial The Ambassador. In 2009, Shapi starred the role 'Saddam Hussein' in Italian television serial Intelligence - Servizi & Secrets.

After he moved to America, he joined the cast of Law & Order in 2010. However, his most notable film appearance came through the role of Jedi Master 'Eeth Koth' in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace which was filmed by George Lucas in 1999. In the film, he acted along with renowned actors, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman.

With the success of Star Wars, he was invited to taken part in several major international productions such as Agent 007, The world is not enough, Irina Palm and Don't desire the woman of others. Meanwhile, he appeared in several Italian comedies such as Our Marriage Is In Crisis, Lezioni of Chocolate, Today Married, Sharm el Sheikh - An Unforgettable Summer, Nobody Can Judge Me, Females Versus Males, Without Art or Part, Chocolate Lessons 2 and The Extra Day With Fabio Volo.



  • Runaway Bay (1 episode, 1992)
  • The Ambassador (1 episode, 1998)
  • Murder Prevention (1 episode, 2004)
  • Apparitions (2008)
  • Intelligence - Services & Secrets (3 episodes, 2009)
  • Inspector Coliandro (3rd season, episode 4, 2009)
  • Law & Order: UK (1 episode, 2010)
  • The Island (2012)
  • Welcome to Table 2 - North vs South (1 episode, 2013)
  • Anti-Mafia Squad - The Boss Returns Episode 8 (2016)
  • The Island of Pietro (2017)


  1. ^ "Hassani Shapi: Schauspieler". filmstarts. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Hassani Shapi Actor". e-talenta. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Hassani Shapi". British Film Institute. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Hassani Shapi (Eeth Koth)". Star Wars Interviews. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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