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Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

وفاة الممثل المصري محمود ياسين عن ٧٩ عاما

By SAMY MAGDY | AP

CAIRO: Mahmoud Yassin, an Egyptian actor and pillar of the country’s film industry during the second half of the 20th century, has died. He was 79.

Yassin had suffered age-related health problems in recent years and was pronounced dead in Cairo early Wednesday, according to his family. His son Amr Mahmoud Yassin, also an actor, said his father’s funeral would take place Thursday. “He was not only a great star, but also a great father,” he wrote in an Instagram post.

Mahmoud Yassin worked with some of Egypt’s most lauded movie stars and filmmakers during a career that first took off in the 1960s, including Faten Hamama, Shadia and Soad Hosni.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

He went on to play leading roles 1970s and 1980s, decades when critics say some of Egypt’s best movies were produced.

Yassin had over 150 films to his name, with diverse roles ranging from romantic to serious, and from emotionally disturbed to upbeat and patriotic. His films included several based on stories by renowned Egyptian novelists, such as Nobel Prize laureate Naguib Mahfouz and Ihsan Abdel Quddous.

Egypt’s Culture Minister Inas Abdel-Dayem mourned Yassin’s passing and offered condolences to his family and fans.

“The creative field has lost one of its icons and a golden star who sincerely expressed the issues of society in his works, which have left enduring marks in the history of acting,” she said in a statement.

Born in 1941 in the Mediterranean province of Port Said, Yassin studied law at Cairo’s Ain Shams University. He embarked on an acting career on the stage when he joined the country’s national theater in 1963.

He starred in several films during what was regarded as the “golden age” of Egyptian cinema – a time roughly stretching from the 1940s to the 1970s.

He is widely known for his patriotic roles in films portraying the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars, such as “The Bullet is Still in My Pocket,” and “Ascent to the Abyss,” a film that portrayed Heba Selim, who worked for the Mossad in 1960s and was arrested and executed by Egypt.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

His famous roles included films like “Where Is My Mind” with Soad Hosni, “We Do Not Sow Thorns” with Shadia, and “Mouths and Rabbits” with Faten Hamama. He also starred in a handful of TV dramas.

In the 21st century, he appeared in the 2007 action film of “The Island,” and the 2012 comedy “Grandpa, My Darling.” He was also an Ambassador Against Hunger for the U.N. World Food Program, visiting war-torn areas like Sudan’s Darfur region.

Yassin is survived by his wife, the actress Shahira, their daughter Rania and son Amr.

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القاهرة: قالت أسرة الممثل المصري محمود ياسين إنه توفي الأربعاء عن عمر ناهز 79 عاما بعدما أبعده المرض لسنوات عن الفن والحياة العامة.

وكتب ابنه السيناريست والممثل عمرو محمود ياسين على حسابه بموقع فيسبوك: “توفي إلى رحمة الله والدي الفنان محمود ياسين.. إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون”.

ولد محمود فؤاد محمود ياسين في مدينة بورسعيد عام 1941 وتعلق بالمسرح منذ أن كان في المرحلة الإعدادية من خلال (نادي المسرح) في بورسعيد، وكان حلمه آنذاك أن يقف في يوم ما على خشبة المسرح القومي. انتقل إلى القاهرة للالتحاق بالجامعة وتخرج من كلية الحقوق.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

حقق حلمه بالانضمام للمسرح القومي الذي قدم عليه وعلى المسارح الأخرى عشرات الأعمال المميزة مثل (ليلى والمجنون) و(الخديوي) و(حدث في أكتوبر) و(عودة الغائب) و(الزيارة انتهت) و(بداية ونهاية) و(البهلوان).

قدم في السينما أدوارا صغيرة في نهاية حقبة الستينات إلى أن جاءت فرصته الكبيرة في فيلم (نحن لا نزرع الشوك) مع شادية عام 1970. وتوالت الأفلام بعد ذلك، فكان من بينها (الخيط الرفيع) أمام فاتن حمامة و(أنف وثلاث عيون) أمام ماجدة الصباحي و(قاع المدينة) أمام نادية لطفي و(مولد يا دنيا) أمام المطربة عفاف راضي و(اذكريني) أمام نجلاء فتحي و(الباطنية) أمام نادية الجندي و(الجلسة سرية) أمام يسرا و(الحرافيش) أمام صفية العمري.

Egyptian actor Mahmoud Yassin dies at age 79

وفي التلفزيون قدم عشرات المسلسلات منها (الدوامة) و(غدا تتفتح الزهور) و(مذكرات زوج) و(اللقاء الثاني) و(أخو البنات) و(اليقين) و(العصيان) و(سوق العصر) و(وعد ومش مكتوب) و(ضد التيار) و(رياح الشرق) و(أبو حنيفة النعمان).

منحه التقدم في العمر مساحة أكبر للعب أدوار مميزة في السينما وقف فيها بجانب الأجيال التالية من النجوم فشارك في (الجزيرة) مع أحمد السقا و(الوعد) مع آسر ياسين و(عزبة آدم) مع أحمد عزمي وماجد الكدواني و(جدو حبيبي) مع بشرى وأحمد فهمي.

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