Adel Emam

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Adel Imam
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BornAdel Mohammed Imam
(1940-05-17) May 17, 1940 (age 74)
El Mansoura, Egypt
Alma materCairo University
Years active1979–present
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Adel Imam
Adel Imam 2009 cropped.jpg
BornAdel Mohammed Imam
(1940-05-17) May 17, 1940 (age 74)
El Mansoura, Egypt
Alma materCairo University
Years active1979–present

Adel Imam (sometimes credited as: Adel Emam), (Arabic: عادل إمام‎), born May 17, 1940 in El Mansoura (المنصورة), is a popular Egyptian movie and stage actor. He is primarily a comedian, but he has starred in more serious works and, especially in his earlier films, has combined comedy with romance.

Emam earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 100 movies and 10 plays. He is one of the most famous actors in Egypt, and has received critical and popular praise throughout his career. Emam's roles have displayed a wide range of humour including slapstick, farce, and even the occasional double entendre. His character archetype is an individual down on his luck who rises above powerful outside pressures.

In January 2000, the United Nations appointed Emam as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Since then, he has worked tirelessly for the cause of refugees.


He is an important figure in the Arab community largely because of the political roles he took on in many of his films and plays. These roles, whether he intended it or not, often put him in a critical position vis-à-vis the president or the government. He has been cast several times by the producer Emad Adeeb in movies like Morgan Ahmed Morgan and Hassan and Marcus.

In 2005, he starred in El-sefara fi El-Omara (The Embassy Is In The Building), playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building. In 2006, Emam appeared as one of the many stars of The Yacoubian Building, a film reputed to be the highest-budgeted in Egyptian cinema and adapted from the novel of the same name. The story is a sharp look at contemporary Egyptian life through the prism of a faded downtown Cairo apartment building. Emam portrays an aging roué whose misadventures form a central strand of the film's complex narrative.

Personal life[edit]

Adel Emam is married and has three children: the young director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, and Mohamed Imam, who also starred in the movie The Yacoubian Building as Taha ElShazli. He is the brother of Esam Imam and Iman Imam. His brother-in-law is the late actor Mustafa Metwalli.

Adel Emam stated on a talk show with host Hala Sarhan that Amin Shalaby and the late Younes Shalaby as well as Saeed Saleh were his best friends since university. He was (February, 2012) sentenced (in absentia) to three months in jail for offending Islam.[1] Imam had appealed the sentence.[2]


Selected Filmography[edit]

Adel Imam 2009
YearFilm/TV SeriesName TranslationRole
2014Saheb El SaadaHis ExcellencyBahgat Abou-Kheir
2013Al AarafThe Fortune-tellerAbd-El-Hamid El-Bakry / Hazem Ghorbal / Mostafa Zahran / Araby El-Kahky / Sobhy Abou-El-Fadl / Abou-El-Haggag El-Masry
2012Firqit Naji AtallahNaji Atallah's TeamNaji Atallah
2009BobbosBobbosMohsen Hendawi
2008Hassan w MorqosHasan and MarcusBoules
2007Morgan Ahmad MorganMorgan Ahmad MorganMorgan
2006Emaret YaqubianThe Yacoubian BuildingZakki
2005El-sefara fi El-OmaraThe Embassy Is In The BuildingShereef
2004Arees Menn Gehha AmneyaA Security Service GroomKhattaab
2003Al-Tagroba Al-DanemarkeyaThe Danish ExperimentQadri
2002Ameer Al-ZalaamPrince of DarknessSaeed Al-Masri
2000Bekheet Wa Adeela 3: Hello AmericaBekheet And Adeela 3: Hello AmericaBekheet
1999El-Wad Mahroos Betaa El-WazeerMahroos; The Minister's GuyMahroos
1998Ressala Ila Al-WaliA Message to the GovernorHarfoosh
1997Bekheet Wa Adeela 2: El-Gardal wel-KanakaBekheet and Adeela 2: The Pail and the CoffeepotBekheet
1996Al-Nom Fil-AssalSleeping In The Honey - Fast asleepColonel Magdi
1995Bekheet Wa AdeelaBekheet And AdeelaBekheet
1995Toyoor Al-ZalaamBirds Of DarknessFathy Nofal
1994Al-ErhabiThe TerroristAli[3]
1993El MansyThe ForgottenYoussef El Mansy
1992El Erhab Wal KababTerrorism and KebabAhmed
1991Shams ElzanatyShams ElzanatyShams Elzanaty
1987Al-Nemr Wal-OnthaThe Tiger And The FemaleWaheed
1984Hatta La-Yeteer Al-DukhanSo that smoke won't flyFahmi
1983El HarrifThe Street PlayerFares
1983Al-MotasawelThe BeggarHasanin
1979Ihna Bitua' al-AutobisWe're from the BusJabir



  1. ^ "BBC News - Egyptian court upholds actor Adel Imam's sentence". 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Islamists halt filming of Egyptian TV series." Daily News Egypt. Thursday, February 9, 2012. NewsBank Record Number: 17587021. "Earlier this month, the Arab world's most famous actor, Adel Imam, was sentenced to three months in jail for "defaming Islam" in several roles on stage and screen. Imam said he would appeal the sentence."
  3. ^ Murphy, Kim (12 April 1994). Movie Breaks Arab World's Silence on Terrorism Issues, Los Angeles Times, Retrieved December 14, 2010

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