Egyptian film, television and stage actor Said Tarabeek died Sunday morning of a heart attack at age 74.
Less than two weeks ago, Tarabeek was hospitalised after suffering from heart related problems, ultimately leading to a heart attack and his death.
Born in 1941, Tarabeek became a familiar face in Egyptian cinema and television, appearing in over 30 films dating back to the 1970s, as well as a number of more recent television series.
His filmography includes Ragol Faqad Aqloh (A Man Who Lost his Mind, 1980) Salam Ya Sahby (Goodbye my Friend, 1986), Bakhit we Adila (1995), Omaret Yacoubian (The Yacoubian Building, 2006), Tabakh El-Rayess (The President’s Chef, 2008), Boushkash (2008) and X-Large (2011).
On television, the actor’s latest role was in the Ramadan series Al-Kabir Awy, in which Tarabeek played Amm Gaber, the warden of Al-Kabir’s house, for three consecutive seasons.
Tarabeek also acted in theatre, though less than in film and television. One of the first theatrical productions he joined was the 1976 play Shahed Mashafsh Haga (A Witness Who Saw Nothing) starring Adel Imam. The play marked the beginning of many collaborations between Tarabeek and Imam throughout his career, mostly in film.