Bibliotheca Alexandrina to document life and career of Youssef Dawood

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jun 2016

Well-known actor Youssef Dawood died in 2012, leaving behind a legacy of over 186 works in cinema and television

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Youssef Dawood (Photo: Still from play)

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, in cooperation with the wife of late Egyptian actor Youssef Dawood, Margarite Malak, and his daughter Dina Youssef, will document the life and career of the prominent actor in an upcoming exhibition.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic website, the project was initiated to commemorate Dawood’s memory on his fourth death anniversary, and is part of a larger project undertaken by Bibliotheca Alexandrina to document the lives of the icons of the seventh art and to preserve Egypt’s modern history.

Dawood’s family shared his personal belongings and photographs to be exhibited at Cairo’s Bayt Al-Sinnari that is managed by Bibliotheca Alexandrina. 

Bayt El-Sinnari has announced and confirmed the project, yet the exact date of the exhibition has yet to be revealed.

Dawood, whose real name was Youssef Guirguis Salib, died in June 2012 at the age of 74.

He was born in March 1938 in Alexandria and acquired a degree in engineering in 1960.

He worked in his field of study until 1985, after which he embarked on his acting vocation. 

Dawood performed in numerous plays, and is credited in over 186 works in television and film.

His most notable works include the plays El-Wad Sayed El-Shaghal (Sayed The Servant), El-Zaeem (The Leader), and the films Toyour El-Zalam (Birds of the Darkness), Samak Laban Tamr Hendi (Fish Milk and Tamarind), El-Nemr Wal Ontha (The Tiger and the Woman), Karakoon Fil Sharea (Karakoon in the Street) and Omaret Yacoubian (Yacoubian Building).

Dawood garnered numerous awards in cinema and theatre, the last of which being an award from the Catholic Centre for Cinema.

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