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Adel Imam

Adel Imam
Born Adel Mohammed Imam
(1940-05-17) May 17, 1940 (age 74)
El Mansoura, Egypt

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.

Emam earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 100 movies and 10 plays. He is one of the most famous actors in Egypt, and has received critical and popular praise throughout his career. Emam's roles have displayed a wide range of humour including slapstick, farce, and even the occasional double entendre. His character archetype is an individual down on his luck who rises above powerful outside pressures. This has proved an extremely resilient archetype in Egypt.

In January 2000, the United Nations appointed Emam 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 El-sefara fi El-Omara (The Embassy Is In The Building), playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building. In 2006, Emam 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, he starred in an ad campaign for Vodafone Egypt titled 'Kowetna' (Our Power).

Personal life

Adel Emam is married and has four children: the young director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, Mohamed Imam,and known as his favorite son is Ahmed Awad, 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. He was (February, 2012) sentenced (in absentia) to three months in jail for offending Islam.[1]


Selected Filmography

Year Film Name Translation Role
2013 Al Aaraf The Fortune-teller Abd-El-Hamid El-Bakry / Hazem Ghorbal / Mostafa Zahran / Araby El-Kahky / Sobhy Abou-El-Fadl / Abou-El-Haggag El-Masry
2012 Firqat Naji Atallah Naji Atallah's Team Naji Atallah
2010 Zahaymar Alzheimer's Mahmoud
2009 Bobbos Bobbos Mohsen Hendawi
2008 Hassan w Morqos Hasan and Marcus Paulus
2007 Morgan Ahmad Morgan Morgan Ahmad Morgan Morgan
2006 Emaret Yaqubian The Yacoubian Building Zakki
2005 El-sefara fi El-Omara The Embassy Is In The Building Shereef
2004 Arees Menn Gehha Amneya A Security Service Groom Khattaab
2003 Al-Tagroba Al-Danemarkeya The Danish Experiment 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 - Fast asleep 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[2]
1993 El Mansy The Forgotten Youssef El Mansy
1992 El Erhab Wal Kabab Terrorism and Kebab Ahmed
1991 Shams Elzanaty Shams Elzanaty Shams Elzanaty
1987 Al-Nemr Wal-Ontha The Tiger And The Female Waheed
1984 Hatta La-Yeteer Al-Dukhan So that smoke won't fly Fahmi
1983 El Harrif The Street Player Fares
1983 Al-Motasawel The Beggar Hasanin


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 (1984)

Al-Zaeem (1998)

Body Guard (1999)


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • All Adel Imam films online in English , Arabic and French

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