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In Photos: Egypt celebrates late actor Mahmoud Yassin

The Egyptian renowned actor, who died in October, joined the National Theatre in 1963, starting an illustrious career in acting that spanned over 55 years

Ahram Online , Sunday 20 Dec 2020
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Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October
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Tens of Egypt's artists, critics, and cultural personas have gathered on Saturday — while adhering to safety measures — to celebrate the legacy of Mahmoud Yassin, who passed away in October, in a tribute event introduced by the National Theatre troupe.

The night included a theatre show entitled Al-Helm (The Dream) written by Amr Mahmoud Yassin, starring renowned actors like Ashraf Abdel-Ghafour, Sawsan Badr, Mohamed Riad, Mofid Ashour, and directed by acclaimed Nasser Abdel-Monim.

After the play, the National Center for Theatre Music and Folk Arts screened their documentary production for the event.

Culture Minister Ines Abdel-Dayem also handed a shield of honour to Yassin's son Amr, an actor and writer, and daughter Rania, an actress and media presenter.

  Egyptian National Theater
Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October

Mahmoud Yassin

Yassin, who was born in Port Said city in June 1941, graduated from the Faculty of Law at Cairo University in 1964, one year before joining the National Theatre where he was first a narrator of several plays before acting on the theatre's stage.

From the National Theatre, Yassin embarked on an illustrious acting career that spanned over 55 years.

Yassin starred in tens of movies, plays, and radio and TV series, dominating the lead role for most of the 1970s and 1980s.

  Egyptian National Theater
Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October

During the seventies, Yassin became one of the most popular romantic film stars, starring in films such as Al-Khayt El-Rafia (The Thin Line), Hob Wa Kibriya (Love and Pride), and Al-Rosasa La Tazal Fi Gayby (The Bullet is Still in My Pocket).

He formed an acting duo with actress Naglaa Fathi, making a lot of highly successful romantic dramas.

While beloved for portraying romantic characters, Yassin did not shy away from dramatic and psychological roles.

In the nineties, Yassin shifted his career to television, starring in series like Abu Hanifa Al-Noa'man, Did El-Tayyar (Against the Current), and Souq El-Asr (Afternoon Market).

  Egyptian National Theater
Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October

His memorable roles on the big screen included The Bullet is Still in My Pocket in 1974; Where is My Mind in 1974; Mouths and Rabbits in 1977; Ascent to the Abyss in 1978; and A Nose and Three Eyes in 1972.

His key works on TV include The Whirlpool in 1972; Cairo and the People in 1972; and Tomorrow the Flowers Will Blossom in 1984.

He was the recipient of multiple awards for excellence throughout his career, including the Ismailiya Festival Award and the Tashkent Festival Award in 1980, the Arabian Cinema Award in 1984, the Algiers Festival Award in 1988, an award in the Arab Cinema Festivals in America and Canada in 1984, and an award in Annaba in Algeria in 1988. He was also awarded the State Prize in 1975.

  Egyptian National Theater
Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October

Yassin was an honorary president of the Cairo Radio and Television Festival in 1998.

In 2005, he was chosen by the United Nations as a Goodwill Ambassador for the fight against poverty and hunger.

Yassin has been married to known Egyptian actress Shahira since 1970. They have two children, Rania — born in 1972 — and Amr — born in 1978.

  Egyptian National Theater
Egyptian National Theater's Tribute Night for actor Mahmoud Yassin who passed away mid October

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