38th Cairo Int'l Film Festival dedicated to late Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz

Ahram Online , Sunday 13 Nov 2016

Abdelaziz died Saturday, leaving behind a rich artistic legacy

Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz
Iconic Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz died on Saturday at the age of 70, leaving behind a legacy of more than 100 films and 11 television series to his name (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

The 38th edition of Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), which runs this year between 15 and 24 November, will be dedicated to the memory of late iconic Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz. 

Speaking to Al-Ahram Arabic news, CIFF’s artistic director, Cherif Rizkallah, said a documentary film about Abdel-Aziz’s rich repertoire will be screened in the festival’s opening ceremony.

Abdel-Aziz, one of Egypt's most renowned television and film actors in the past 40 years, passed away yesterday 12 November after a long struggle with illness. 

He was born in Wardeyan, Alexandria, on 4 June 1946.

He graduated from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Alexandria University in the 1960s.

Abdel-Aziz came to the limelight in the 1970s' TV drama Al-Dawama (The Whirlpool) where he co-starred with renowned actors Nelly and Mahmoud Yassin.

In the 1980s, he rose to stardom with successful roles in movies such as El-Aar (The Shame, 1982) and El-Keif (A Pleasurable Habit, 1985).

Abdel-Aziz also captured millions of TV viewers' attention and admiration with his role as an Egyptian spy in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s in the famous trilogy of Rafat El-Haggan.

His other remarkable films include Kit Kat (1991) and Al-Saher (The Magician, 2001).

Throughout his decades-long career, Abdel-Aziz starred in over 100 movies and numerous television series.

Abdel-Aziz was married to Egyptian actress Poussy Chalabi.

He has two sons from his first marriage: Mohamed (a film producer and director) and Karim.

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