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Remembering Ismail Yassin on His Birth Anniv.


Fri 24 May 2024 | 12:48 PM
Ahmed Emam

Today (May 24) marks the birth anniversary of the renowned Egyptian actor Ismail Yassin, who managed to bring smiles to our faces for many years and continues to do so through his genuinely funny performances.

Born in Suez, Yassin started his career as a valet boy in his teenage years. Later, he moved to Cairo at a young age and earned his livelihood by singing funny songs and performing monologues.

He was renowned for his comedic monologues and songs, which he performed and recorded throughout most of his 40-year career.

According to El Cinema, the iconic actor started his career as a monologue singer and headed for Cairo after Abo El Seoud El Ebiary, the remarkable comic screenwriter and his best friend and life partner had discovered him and helped him to join Badi’a Masabny’s troupe.

Thereafter, he joined Ali El-Kassar‘s troupe and started to gain widespread recognition ultimately becoming one of the most popular stars in the Arab world. His breakthrough came with his role in the popular movie “Khalf El-Habayeb” in 1939.

From that moment on, Yassin never looked back and soon emerged as one of the Egyptian cinema’s most sought-after comedians.

The legendary actor worked in over 400 films throughout his career and is regarded as the king of comedy in Egypt.

Yassin worked in showbiz for around four decades and was considered to be one of the top comedians in the Arab world.

Throughout his long-standing career, he received several awards including the President’s Pride of Performance in 1972 for excellence in the field of cinema and for his services to Egypt's film industry.

Yassin is known for starring in many funny movies, such as ‘Essabet el Nissae'( 1973), Easabat Al’nisa (1963), ‘Malek el petrol’ (1962), ‘Hamati Malak’ (1960), ‘Shar assal Basal’ (1960 ), ‘Fanous el Sehry’ (1960), ‘El ataba el Khadra’ (1959), ‘Ismail fil Yassine bolis Harbi’ (1959) and ‘Ismail Yassine fil Tayyaran'(1959).

The icon died on the 24th of May, 1972 at the age of 60 and left millions of fans mourning after a lustrous career spanning over four decades in the Egyptian film industry.