Today, July, 9 marks the anniversary of the death of renowned Egyptian actor Abdel-Moneim Madbouly.
Madbouly died on the 9th of July, 2006, at the age of 85 and left millions of fans mourning after a lustrous career spanning over four decades in the Egyptian film industry.
He was also renowned for his comedic monologues and songs, which he performed and recorded throughout most of his 40-year career.
The iconic actor was never cast as a leading man, coming closest in playing joint leading roles like in Quarter of a Dozen Villains (1970) directed by the maven filmmaker Nagdy Hafez. However, Madbouly left his mark and a trace in every role he performed, no matter how small.
The remarkable actor was born in the Bab El-Shereya district in Old Cairo in December 1921, to a middle-class family.
While in school, Madbouly developed an interest in theater and made his public acting debut at a school concert. In 1946, Madbouly enrolled in the School of Applied Arts.
After graduation, he made his acting debut on Radio in the ‘Saa LAlbak’ in the 1950s.
Later on, Madbouly joined the Television Theatre in the 1960s, where he was acting in dozens of dramatic, classical, and romantic plays on stage.
His first advanced breakthrough came with his role in the popular movie Mutual Love (1951).
And from that moment on, he never looked back and soon emerged as one of the Egyptian cinema’s most sought-after comedians
The legendary actor worked in over 70 films and 30 plays throughout his career and is regarded as the father of comedy theater in Egypt. Madbouly worked within showbiz for around five decades and was considered to be one of the top comedians in all of the Arab world.
He passed away in 2006, leaving fans heartbroken. His death was a big loss for the industry.