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Adel Imam (sometimes credited as: Adel Emam), (Arabic: عادل إمام‎), born May 17, 1940 in El Mansoura (المنصورة), is a popular Egyptian movie and stage actor. He is primar ... (Full biography below)

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The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building (2006) Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

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Adel Imam (sometimes credited as: Adel Emam), (Arabic: عادل إمام‎), born May 17, 1940 in El Mansoura (المنصورة), is a popular Egyptian movie and stage actor. He is primarily a comedian, but he has starred in more serious works and, especially in his earlier films, has combined comedy with romance. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 100 movies and 10 plays. He is probably the most famous actor in Egypt He has received critical and popular praise throughout his career. His roles have displayed a wide range of humour including slapstick, farce, and even the occasional double entendre. His characters tend to be down on their luck rising above powerful outside pressures. This has proved an extremely resilient type in Egypt. In January 2000, the United Nations appointed him as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Since then, he has worked tirelessly for the cause of refugees. He has been cast several times by the producer Emad Adeeb in movies like Morgan Ahmed Morgan and Hassan and Marcus. In 2005, he starred in Sifaara fil'Aimara (Embassy in the Building), playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building. In 2006, he appeared as one of the many stars of The Yacoubian Building, a film reputed to be the highest-budgeted in Egyptian cinema and adapted from the novel of the same name. The story is a sharp look at contemporary Egyptian life through the prism of a faded downtown Cairo apartment building. Emam portrays an aging roué whose misadventures form a central strand of the film's complex narrative. In 2011, Adel Emam starred in an ad campaign for Vodafone Egypt titled 'Kowetna' (Our Power). Personal life Adel Emam is married and has three children, the young director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, and Mohamed Imam who also starred in the movie The Yacoubian Building as Taha Shazli. He is the brother of Esam Imam and Iman Imam. His brother-in-law is the late actor Mustafa Metwalli. Adel Emam stated on a talk show with host Hala Sarhan that Amin Shalaby and the late Younes Shalaby as well as Saeed Saleh were his best friends since university. He is also an important figure in the Arab community largely because of the political roles he took on in many of his films and plays. These roles, whether he intended it or not, often put him in a critical position vis-à-vis the president or the government. Works Selected Filmography Year Film Name Translation Role 2010 Zahaymar Alzheimer's Mahmoud 2009 Bobbos Bobbos Mohsen Hendawi 2008 Hassan w Morqos Hassan and Marcus Paulus / Hassan 2007 Morgaan Ahmed Morgaan Morgaan Ahmed Morgaan Morgaan 2006 Emaret Yaqubian The Yacoubian Building Zakki 2005 Al-Sefara Fil-Emara The Embassy in the Building Shereef 2004 Arees Menn Gehha Amneya A Security Service Groom Khattaab 2003 Al-Tagroba Al-Danemarkeya The Danish Experience Qadri 2002 Ameer Al-Zalaam Prince of Darkness Saeed Al-Masri 2000 Bekheet Wa Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet and Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet 1999 El-Wad Mahroos Betaa El-Wazeer Mahroos; The Minister's Guy Mahroos 1998 Ressala Ila Al-Wali A Message to the Governor Harfoosh 1997 Bekheet Wa Adeela 2: El-Gardal wel-Kanaka Bekheet and Adeela 2: The Pail and the Coffeepot Bekheet 1996 Al-Nom fil-Assal Sleeping in the Honey Colonel Magdi 1995 Bekheet Wa Adeela Bekheet and Adeela Bekheet 1995 Toyoor Al-Zalaam Birds of Darkness Fathy Nofal 1994 Al-Erhabi The Terrorist Ali[1] 1992 El Erhab Wal Kabab Terrorism and Kebab Ahmed 1987 Al-Nemr wal-Ontha The Tiger and the Female 1983 Al-Motasawel The Beggar Hasanin Plays Ana Wa Howa Wa Heya (1964) Al-Nassabeen (1966) Dhat Al-Bijama Al-Hamraa (1967) Ana Feen W Enti Feen (1970) Madrast Al-Moshagebeen (1973) Gharameyat Afifi (1975) Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga (1975) Al-Wad Sayed Al-Shaghal (1993) Al-Zaeem (1998) Body Guard (1999)

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