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On Ahmed Ramzy Birthday Anniversary... 10 Facts about the Late Actor

Tue 23 Mar 2021 | 12:47 PM
Ahmed Emam

Today, March 23 marks the birthday anniversary of late renowned Egyptian actor Ahmed Ramzy.

The remarkable actor was born Ramzy Mahmud Bayumi in 1930 to an Egyptian orthopedist and university professor, and Helen Mackay, a young Scottish lady.

He started his acting career after his graduation from the English school “ Victoria College ” in Alexandria where he met his classmate Omar Sharif, they became best friends since then.

After finishing school, Ramzy enrolled in the Faculty of medicine for 3 years, before transferring to the Business school, which he ultimately dropped to pursue his career in acting.

In 1955, the maven director Helmy Halim was looking for a new face with Egyptian and western features to play the leading role in Ayyamna al-Holwa (Our Best Days)), along with Faten Hamama, Abdel Halim Hafez, and his lifelong friend and schoolmate Omar Sharif.

Incidentally, he saw the face of the Scottish- Egyptian young man and was attracted to his Egyptian and weastrean handsome countenance.

Indeed, Ahmed Ramzy's breakthrough in (Our Sweet Days) in 1955 shifted cinema at the time, influencing filmmakers to move toward taking the risk of hiring younger actors. Before Ramzy's appearance, many roles were held by older actors who were often visibly beyond an age to convincingly play younger characters.

In the same context, Ahmed Ramzy became known for taking roles in youth films, along with his lifetime friend however Sherif was drawn to enter the world of Western cinema.

Ramzi was one of the most successful, rare Egyptian stars, with over one hundred films and 2 television series to his name.

Ramzi is well-known for some of his seminal works, such as ( Days and Nights ), (Chahine's Conflict in the Harbour) (Adrift on the Nile and Love in the Rain, both adapted from novels by Naguib Mahfouz.

Moreover, he is known for joint collaborations and associations with legendary Egyptian stars like Abdel Halim Hafez and Faten Hamama.

In the 1960s, these four became known for their parts in youth and adventure films.

In his early roles, Ahmed Ramzy didn’t care about the size of the role. However, he was the leading man in Love and Tears, his second role in which he starred alongside Faten Hamama, according to

Later on, directors realised the potential of combining Ramzy, the iconic actor Hassan Youssef and beautiful actress Mariam Fakhreddine in one film, or at least two of them together, along with comedians such as Abdel-Moniem Ibrahim or Mohamed Awad.

As a result, a particular type of movies dominated the cinema screens during this era, relying on adventurousness, and joint leading roles.

Furthermore, Ramzy is best known to international audiences particularly in Italy.

The talented star participated in Italian films, (The Son of Spartacus, I giardini del diavolo), (Heroes Without Glory),( Si può fare molto con 7 donne), and (You Can Do A Lot With Seven Women). These experiences failed to satisfy Ramzy, and he acknowledged them as uncalculated ventures.  

 It's worth noting that Ramzy starred along the renowned actress Nelly in The Desert Cat in 1990 and with Youssra in his final film The Red Rose in 2000.

Ultimately, Ramzy quietly passed away at his house in the North coast on 28 September 2012. Actually, he died in the house he loved the most by the sea where he’d spent his final years.