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Prominent Egyptian actor Gamil Rateb dies at 92

Wednesday، 19 September 2018 - 12:42 PM

Egyptian actor Gamil Rateb, an icon of the Egyptian cinema, died at the age of 92, after a long illness.

In statements to MENA, Actors Sydnicate Chairman Ashraf Zaki said the funeral procession of the Egyptian actor will be held at Al Azhar Mosque on Wednesday afternoon.

Gamil Rateb was born in 1926 and graduated from the French Law School and continued his university education in France. His first role in cinema was in 1946 in a French movie named "I am the East".

He returned to his home country Egypt in mid the 1970s and played leading roles in various Egyptian movies namely; El-Soud Ela El-Hawia, Hob Fi El-Zinzana, Al Baree', Al-Bidaya, El-Keif, Birds of the Dark, Ala mn Notlik Al-Rosas, Sanawat al khatar and many others.

He also participated in a number of French movies including Poussière de diamant, Checkmate Mr. President!, La Nuit du Destin and others. 

He is best known internationally for his performance as Majid in the acclaimed 1962 movie “Lawrence of Arabia,” opposite Peter O’Toole.

He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dubai International Film Festival in 2011.


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