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Adel Imam

Adel Imam is an Egyptian comedic actor, and one of the most iconic figures in Arab cinema. He's starred in over 100 movies and 10 plays, earning the adoration of audiences and critics alike. He was born in Mansoura on May 17, 1940, but at an early aged moved with his family to Sayyed Zeinab where he grew up. The actor got his bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Cairo, where he became passionately involved in college theatre productions. He joined a television troupe in 1962 while still a student, and began starring in TV plays like "Ana wa Howa wa Heya" (He, She and I) and "Al Nassabin" (The Swindlers) which was performed at the Al Hakim Theater. In the following years he acted in several well received plays like "Al Bijamma Al Hamra" (The Red Pajamas), "Fardet Shamal" (Left Shoe) and "Gharammiyat A'feefy" (A'feefy's Love Affairs). In the 1970s, he starred in the hit play "Madrassat Al Mashaghbeen" (Mischief at School), which screened from 1971 to 1975. He then did "Shahid Mashafsh Hagga" (The Witness Didn't See Anything) which was screened over a period of seven years. Afterwards, he did "Al Wadd Sayyid Al Shaghal," which screened from 1985 to 1993. Imam has had one of the longest acting careers. More recently, he starred in "The Yacoubian Building," adapted from Alaa Al-Aswany's celebrated novel. The film, a poignant piece of social commentary, is known to be the highest-budgeted film in Egyptian cinema history. In 2012, an Egyptian court convicted Imam for defamation of Islam (not the first time this has happened). The films targeted in this particular case were "Al Irhabi" (The Terrorist) and "Al Zaeem" (The Leader) in which he satirizes Arab autocratic rulers. Imam, however, won his appeal against the conviction. In 2000, the United Nations named him a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR.

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May 17, 1940 In El Mansoura, Egypt
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie My Wife the General Manager 1966-01-02
Latest Project:
Series Hidden Worlds 2018-05-17
Known For
Series Hidden Worlds 2018-05-17
Movie صاحب السعادة 2014-06-29
Movie Bobbos محسن هنداوي 2009-06-17
Movie Hasan and Murqus بولس/حسن العطار 2008-07-03
Movie Morgan Ahmed Morgan 2007-07-04
Movie Aris men Geha Amneya 2004-07-28
Movie The Terrorist Ali Abd-El-Zaher 1994-01-01
Movie The Forgotten 1993-01-02
Movie Playing with the Boys Hassan Bahloul 1991-01-01
Movie Shams El Zanaati 1991-01-02
Movie Devil's Island 1990-01-02
Movie Salam My Friend 1987-05-28
Movie A Husband On Demand Mamdouh 1985-06-17
Movie Alwad Sayed Alshaghal Sayed The Servant 1985-07-19
Movie Two on the Road ممدوح 1984-06-30
Movie Hata La Yateer el Dokhan 1984-11-19
Movie The Street Player Fares 1983-07-01
Movie The Lawyer 1983-11-01
Movie انتخبوا الدكتور سليمان عبدالباسط 1981-01-01
Movie Suspect ماهر سيد علي 1981-08-20
Movie We Are the Bus People جابر 1979-01-02
Movie The Wallet Is with Me 1978-01-02
Movie Where Did You Hide the Sun? 1977-01-02
Movie The Tender Gender Adel 1977-02-17
Movie Shahed Mashafsh Haga سرحان عبد البصير 1976-06-12
Movie ألو.. أنا القطة محبوب 1975-03-10
Movie Mamnou Fi Laylat El-Dokhla Tahseen 1975-01-01
Movie البحث عن المتاعب شعبان 1975-03-30
Movie 24 Hours of Love أحمد 1974-04-07
Movie The Tale of Three Girls Band Manager's Assistant 1968-01-01
Movie مسرحية ذات البيجامة الحمراء 1967-06-03
Movie My Wife the General Manager Aboul Magd 1966-01-02