Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nour al-Sherif 1946-2015

Nour al-Sherif as the philospher Ibn Rushd in the film Al-Masseer (Destiny) from 1997 by Youssef Chahine.

Egyptian film and television actor Nour El-Sherif died on Tuesday at the age of 70 after a long struggle with illness. El-Sherif, who was born as Mohamed Gaber Abdallah in Cairo’s Sayeda Zeinab neighborhood, starred in around 200 films, 17 plays and more than 20 television series. Among the films were  Ali Badrakhan’s Al-Karnak (The Temple, 1975), Atef El-Tayeb’s Sawaa’ Al-Otobees (The Bus Driver, 1982), which earned him a recognition at New Delhi Cinema Festival, Ali Abdelkhaleq’s Al Aar (Disgrace, 1982), Hadouta Masreya (Egyptian Story, 1982). and Al-Masseer (Destiny, 1997) by Youssef Chahine, and Naji Al-Ali, a movie based on the life of the important Palestinian cartoonist. On televsion he played among other things in several Ramadan series. Al-Sherif was also active as a director of plays and films.

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