Today marks the birthday anniversary of late actor Mahmoud Abdel Aziz.
One of the most acclaimed actors of his generation, Aziz is known for his wide range of roles across blockbusters, independent films, and on the stage.
The remarkable actor was born in the Wardeyan district in Alexandria on June 4, 1946, to a middle-class family.
While in school, Abdel Aziz developed an interest in theater and made his public acting debut at a school concert.
Abdel Aziz enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at Alexandria University (1964).
Later on, Aziz joined the University’s Theatre in 1968, where he was acting in dozens of dramatic, classical, and romantic plays on stage.
After graduation, he made his acting debut on television in the ‘Eldwama’ The Whirlpool (1974).
In the 1980s, he was one of the most popular romantic film stars, starring in films such as Sons and Killers, The Flood and The River of Fear.
While beloved for portraying romantic characters, the maven Egyptian star did not shy away from comedian, dramatic and psychological roles.
Moreover, he is well-known for some of his seminal works on TV, such as the film “Al-Hafeed” (The Grandson, “El-Aar” (Shame), “El-Keif” (Addiction), “Kit Kat” in (1991) and (The Wizard, 2001).
His breakthrough role was as an intelligence spy in the action movie (Rafaat el-Hagan – 1987).
The veteran actor was the recipient of numerous awards and nominations for excellence throughout his successful career, including the Best Actor in a movie for Kit Kat (1991) at the Damascus International Film Festival, Best Actor in a movie for The Captain (1997) at the Damascus International Film Festival, Best Actor in a movie for Pleasure Market (2000) at the Cairo International Film Festival, Best Actor in a movie for The Wizard (2001) at the Damascus International Film Festival, and Life Time Achievement at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Aziz was married twice, the first to “Gigi Zuid and they over three decades had two children, Mohamed (1981-) and Karim (1985-), both acting in cinema. Then to a prominent Egyptian TV anchor Bossi Shalaby.
Aziz passed away in 2016, leaving fans heartbroken. His death was a big loss for the industry.