Adel Emam (Arabic: عادل إمام; born 17 May 1940 is an Egyptian film, television, and stage actor. He is primarily a comedian, but he has starred in more serious works and, combined comedy with romance especially in his earlier films, which included My Wife, the Director General, My Wife's Dignity and My Wife's Goblin with Salah Zulfikar and Shadia.
Adel Mohamed Emam
May 17, 1940
|Other names||Al-Zaeem, El Wad Sayyed el Shaghal, shahed ma shafsh haga|
|Spouse||Hala Al Shalaqani|
Emam earned a bachelor's degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 103 movies and 10 plays. He is one of the most famous actors in Egypt and the in the Arab world.
His contributions to the stage and film industries through addressing social and political issues in film and television earned him a cult following and a worldwide reputation that made him one of the most influential Arab public figures in the 1980s and 1990s. Adel Imam is considered by a huge mass of cult followers as a cultural icon in the history of modern Egypt.
Emam launched his career in theater in Ana w Howa w Heya (1962) with Fouad El-Mohandes and Shwikar and in cinema he acted in My Wife, the Director General (1966), My Wife's Dignity (1967), and My Wife's Goblin (1968) with leading actors Salah Zulfikar and Shadia. In early 1970s, he co-starred in Virgo (1970) with Salah Zulfikar, and in Find a scandal (1973) alongside Mervat Amin and Samir Sabry. Later, he started to act in starring roles in the 1980s and 1990s including The Suspect (1981), and Love in a Jail Cell (1983), both films alongside Soad Hosny.
He was an important national figure in Egypt largely because of the Egyptian political roles he took on in many of his films and plays, he always focused on Egypt's politics and religious problems. These roles, whether he intended it or not, often put him in a critical position vis-à-vis the president or the government, such as The Terrorist (1994) alongside Salah Zulfikar in Zulfikar's final film role. He has been cast several times by the producer Emad Adeeb in movies like Morgan Ahmed Morgan (2007), and Hassan and Marcus (2008) starring Omar Sharif.
In 2005, he starred in The Embassy in the Building, playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building. In the following year, Emam was one of the ensemble cast 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.
Adel Emam married to a woman named Hala El-Shalaqani and has three children: the director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, and Mohamed Emam, who also starred in the movie The Yacoubian Building as Taha ElShazli. He's the brother of Esam Imam and Iman Imam. His brother-in-law was actor Mustafa Metwalli.
Adel Emam stated on a talk show hosted by Hala Sarhan that Amin Shalaby and the late Younes Shalaby as well as Saeed Saleh were his best friends since university.
In February 2012, Emam was sentenced (in absentia) to three months in jail for offending Islam. Imam said he would appeal the sentence. On September 12, 2012, Emam won his appeal when a Cairo misdemeanours court cleared him of defaming Islam in his films.
Adel Emam received numerous awards through his five decades career. He won "Horus" Award twice for his leading roles in Omaret Yakobean and Al-irhabi at Cairo International Film Festival. He won the Honorary Award of the Festival at 2014 Marrakech International Film Festival. He won International Jury Award at São Paulo International Film Festival. In 2005 and 2008 Dubai International Film Festival awarded Adel Emam the Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the first Career Achievement Award in El-Gouna Film Festival in 2017.
|Year||Film/TV Series/Play||Name Translation||Role|
|2020||Valentino (TV Series)||Valentino||Noor Valentino|
|2018||Awalem Khafyah (TV Series)||Hidden Worlds||Helal Kamel|
|2017||Afareet Adly Alam (TV Series)||Adly Alam's Ghosts||Adly Alam|
|2016||Ma'amoon wa shorakaah (TV Series)||Ma'amoon and his partners||Ma'amoon Mobasher|
|2015||Ostaz wa rayees kesm (TV Series)||Professor and Head of Department||Fawzy Gomaa|
|2014||Saheb El Saada (TV Series)||His Majesty||Bahgat Abou-Kheir|
|2013||Al Aaraf (TV Series)||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||Firqit Naji Atallah (TV Series)||Naji Atallah's Team||Naji Atallah|
|2008||Hassan w Morqos||Hassan and Marcus||Boules|
|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|
|Body Guard (play)||Body Guard||Adham|
|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|
|Toyoor Al-Zalaam||Birds Of Darkness||Fathy Nofal|
|1993||El Mansy||The Forgotten||Youssef El Mansy|
|Al-Zaeem (play)||The Leader|
|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|
|Al Ins wa Algen||Humans and The Devil||Jalal (The Devil)|
|El-Wad Sayyed El-Shaghghal (play)||The Boy Sayyed The Servant||Sayyed|
|1983||El Harrif||The Professional||Fares|
|El Avocato||The Advocate||Hasan Sabanekh|
|1982||Dumu Fi Uyun Waqeha||Tears In Insolent Eyes||Gomaa El-Shawwan|
|1979||Ihna Bitua' al-Autobis||We are the Bus people||Jabir|
|1978||Ahlam Al fata Al ta2r||Dreams Of The Fugitive Boy||Ibrahim El-Tayer|
|1975||Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga (play)||The Witness Who Didn't See Anything||Sarhan Abdelbaseer|
|Gharameyat Afifi (play)|
|1973||Madrast Al-Mushaghebeen (play)||The School of Mischievous||Bahgat|
|1965||Ana Feen W Enti Feen (play)|
|1968||Afreet Mirati||My Wife's Goblin|
|1967||Karamat Zawgaty||My Wife's Dignity|
|1967||Dhat Al-Bijama Al-Hamraa (play)|
|1966||Mirati Modeer Aam||My Wife, the Director General|
|1966||3 Losoos||Three Thieves|
|1963||Ana Wa Howa Wa Heya (play)|
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