Arab Cinema Knight Passes Away

Published May 8th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

Egyptian actor Ahmed Mazhar, “Arab Cinema Knight,” died early Wednesday at the age of 85 after long struggle with illness. The renowned actor will be buried today. 

The late actor graduated from the military academy in 1938 along with a group of the so called free officers headed by the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Naser and including Anwar al Sadat, Abdel Latif al Baghdadi and Hussein al Shafie’y. He worked for the Egyptian Royal Knight Force and was member of its team. 

After 1952 revolution Mazhar was appointed commander of the Knighthood School but he resigned in 1957 to dedicate his full time for artwork to play starring roles in more than 150 films including Thuhoor al Islam (Emergence of Islam) in which he debuted. 

Among the most prominent roles, which Mathahar played was Leader Salahiddin al Ayyoubi who won victory over the Crusaders in Yousef Shahin’s historical leading film al Naser Salahiddin al Ayyoubi. 

He also participated in other films which marked a milestone in the history of the Egyptian cinema including Rudda Qalbi, al Nathara al Sawdaa (Black Glasses), Dua’a al Karawan and Cairo 30 along with the late actress Suad Hosni. 

Mazhar scripted the two films Nufoos Haerah (Bewildering Personalities) in 1968 and Habibat Ghairi (Love of Another Person) in 1976. 

Throughout his artistic career Mazhar participated in two plays only including al Watan (Homeland) and al Toffahah Wa al Gomgumah (Apple and Skull). 

Among the most prominent Mazhar’s TV works was Dhamir Ablah Hikmat (Conscience of Miss Hikmat) along with Faten Hamamah, Dhidd al Tayyar (Against Current) along with Samira Ahmed and the Islamic historical series Asr al Fursan (Knights Age).  

Mazhar was honored with the State’s Appreciation Award for his performance in the two films al Naser Salahiddin and al Lailah al Akhirah (The Last Night) --  

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