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Adel Imam is a Actor Egyptien born on 17 may 1940 at Mansoura (Egypte)

Adel Imam

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Birth name Adel Mohammed Imam
Nationality Egypte
Birth 17 may 1940 (84 years) at Mansoura (Egypte)

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.

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.


Adel Emam is married and has three children: the young director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, and Mohamed Imam, who also starred in the movie The Yacoubian Building as Taha ElShazli. 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 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.

Usually with

Mohamed Khan
Mohamed Khan
(1 films)
(3 films)
Saeed Saleh
Saeed Saleh
(3 films)
Ahmed Rateb
Ahmed Rateb
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Adel Imam (12 films)

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Zahaimar (2010)

Genres Comedy
Actors Adel Imam, Rania Youssef
Roles Mahmoud Shuaib
Rating64% 3.2488353.2488353.2488353.2488353.248835
Mahmoud (played by Emam) realizes one morning that he cannot recognize the people who work at his home, including his nurse Mona (Nelly Karim). However, he has actually been deceived by his children to believe that he has Alzheimer's disease, so they can get control of his wealth to pay off their own debts.
Bobbos (2009)
, 1h53
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Adel Imam, Youssra
Roles Mohsen Hendawi
Rating40% 2.0149552.0149552.0149552.0149552.014955
A businessman, stuck in the credit crunch, falls in love with a businesswoman who is in turn stuck in the credit crunch.
Hassan and Marcus
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion
Actors Adel Imam, Omar Sharif, Lebleba, Mohamed Imam
Roles Boulos \ Hassan el Attar
Rating68% 3.4485553.4485553.4485553.4485553.448555
When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Emam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts them into a witness protection program that requires them to disguise themselves as the Christian, Marcus Abdel-Shahid, and a Muslim Sheikh, Hassan el-Attar, respectively.
The Yacoubian Building, 2h45
Directed by Marwan Hamed
Origin Egypte
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Adel Imam, Nour El-Sherif, Hend Sabri, Youssra, Mohamed Imam, Ahmed Rateb
Roles Zaki Pasha
Rating74% 3.747893.747893.747893.747893.74789
The film opens with a montage tracing the building's history, as wealthy expatriate and Egyptian residents give way, after the 1952 coup that overthrew King Farouk and eventually resulted in the installation of Gamal Abdel Nasser as President of Egypt, to new families, and as the rooftop storage rooms are converted into living space for lower-class families. The rooftop community, effectively a slum neighborhood, is symbolic of the urbanization of Egypt and of the burgeoning population growth in its large cities in recent decades, especially among the poor and working classes. In the faded apartments of the main floors and on the building's teeming roof, the films's principal characters are introduced:
The Danish Experience
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Adel Imam, Nicole Saba نيكول سابا, Talaat Zakaria, Ahmed Helmy, Mona Zaki
Roles Qadri El-Mieniawy
Rating55% 2.752422.752422.752422.752422.75242
Adel Imam stars as Qadri, a widower and newly appointed government minister, whose four grown sons live with him. In her first acting gig, Lebanese singer Nicole Saba plays the buxom-blonde role of Danish student Aneta Henry Gothenburg, visiting Egypt for the first time to pursue her studies. She stays with Qadri and his family. Highlighting cultural differences in comedic fashion (among other things, free-spirited Aneta tries to teach Qadri's sons about sex, and intrudes on a government meeting dressed as a bellydancer), Qadri eventually falls for Aneta, but so do his sons. After a blowup, he finally chooses to stay with his sons.
The Terrorist, 2h10
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Adel Imam, Salah Zulfikar
Rating62% 3.148353.148353.148353.148353.14835
Adel Imam plays Brother Ali, an Islamic radical scheming against the government and Egyptian society. Hurt after escaping the scene of an assassination, he is taken in by a local modern Muslim family unaware of his radical ties. After living with the family and learning about tolerance and love, he has doubts about his views. He is killed by his former comrades after challenging their leader.
Terrorism and Kebab, 1h45
Directed by Sherif Arafa
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Adel Imam, Kamal el-Shennawi, Youssra
Rating76% 3.845353.845353.845353.845353.84535
The action primarily takes place in The Mogamma in Cairo, a well-known mammoth-sized government building that is a center of bureaucratic work. Adel Imam's character, Ahmed, queues up at the Mogamma one day to try to get a school transfer for his children, but gets bogged down. Endless lines of citizens march through the building and up and down its iconic spiral staircases seeking help. One government worker frustrates Ahmed particularly, because he is constantly praying in a show of alleged piousness to avoid getting any work done. This leads to a scuffle between the two, and eventually Ahmed ends up with a rifle from a guard and shots are fired in the resulting confusion. A mass spontaneous evacuation of the building ensues, Ahmed inadvertently takes the building hostage, and subsequently is assumed to be a terrorist. He is joined in his "takeover" by a few other "misfits," including Hind, a prostitute played by Yousra.
Al Halfout
Al Halfout (1985)
, 1h58
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Adel Imam, Ilham Chahine, Ilham Shaheen, Saeed Saleh
Roles Arafa MashawirWitchcraft
Rating58% 2.905062.905062.905062.905062.90506
Arafa's progress is influenced by traditional cultural practices such as sorcery and by degeneration of society into activities such as prostitution. Despite these things, Arafa eventually marries the widow Warda. A few days later, Arafa finds himself jobless when a younger man takes his place at the market. A local hitman kills a famous businessman. Arafa has the opportunity to assume the identity of the hitman (neither he nor the hitman have ever been seen by the boss' intermediary). Arafa is hired to make a hit. However, when Dosoki is killed by mafia in a gun fight, Arafa tries to escape. Warda discovers this and follows Arafa only to be killed by the mafia herself. Arafa kills all the mafia.
The Begger
The Begger (1983)
, 2h
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa
Actors Adel Imam, Ahmed Rateb
Rating65% 3.293653.293653.293653.293653.29365
Imam plays Hasanin, an uneducated man who leaves his small village to live with his uncle's family in the city. After having no luck keeping a job, he must return to his village. On the way, after getting kicked out of a mosque he tries to sleep at, he ends up in a homeless shelter that he discovers is actually run by a gang forcing people to beg in the streets after maiming them. Hasanin is set out to pose as if he is a blind beggar.
The Street Player, 2h28
Directed by Mohamed Khan
Genres Drama
Actors Adel Imam, Ali Hassanein
Roles Fares
Rating74% 3.7416953.7416953.7416953.7416953.741695
The Suspect, 2h5
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Souad Hosni, Adel Imam, Saeed Saleh, Karim Abdel Aziz
Roles Maher.
Rating70% 3.5388953.5388953.5388953.5388953.538895