Google marked what would have been the 92nd birthday of late Egyptian actor and comedian Fouad El-Mohandes on Tuesday with a Google Doodle featuring the star.
El-Mohandes, born on 6 September 1924, began acting during his school years when he took part in many school plays and then university theatre at the Faculty of Commerce, Cairo University.
The first significant step in the acting career was when, in 1953, he joined the radio programme Saa Li-Qalbak (An Hour for Your Heart) and in 1955, he co-founded a theatre troupe with the same name. The troupe gave several well-known performances, such as Kan Min Al-Awal (It Was About Time).
El-Mohandes then embarked on a career in a television theatre, with roles in plays such as Ana Wa Huwa Wa Hiyya (I, He and She, 1962) and Al-Sekerteir Al-Fanni (The Technical Secretary, 1963) bringing him to the attention of a large and appreciative audience.
Later in the 1960s, he acted in Ana Wa Huwa Wa Sumuwwuh (I, He and his Highness, 1966) and Sayyidati Al-Gamila (an Egyptian adaptation of My Fair Lady, 1968) staged by the United Artists' Troupe which he cofounded.
El-Mohandes formed a famed comedy duo with his wife Shweikar and they were especially known for acting in the Egyptian Comedy Troupe. The plays staged by the troupe include Hello, Dolly (1971), Leih, Leih (Why, Oh Why?; 1976) and Innaha Haqan Aaila Muhtarama (It's Quite a Respectable Family; 1978), among others.
El-Mohandes' film career thrived in parallel, and he acted in dozens of movies, often opposite Shweikar. Among his famous appearances are in films such as Ghaltat Umr (The Mistake of a Lifetime, 1953), Bint Al-Geiran (The Neighbours' Daughter, 1954), Shanabou Fil- Masyada (Shanabou in the Trap), Inta Illi Qatalt Babaya (It Was You Who Killed My Father) and Mutarada Gharamiyya (Amorous Chase).
His roles in the soap operas include Uyun (Eyes), Azwag Lakin Ghurba (Married but Estranged) and El-Zair El-Maghoul (The Unknown Visitor) and several unforgettable Ramadan programmes.
El-Mohandes garnered numerous local awards including the State Merit Award, which was offered to him in 2005.
He passed away in September 2006.
Not only was El-Mohandes one of the most famous Egyptian actors and comedians, he was also praised for his impeccable diction, which is believed he owed to his father, Egyptian linguist and scholar Zaki Mohandes, a university dean.
The Fouad El-Mohandes Google Doodle is regional and can be viewed in North Africa and the Middle East.
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