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Mahmood Ali began his career with the All India Radio in 1945. He migrated to Pakistan after partition, arriving in Lahore in 1947. He soon moved to Karachi and joined Radio Pakistan, where he was employed as a copyist. He became a part of Radio Pakistan during independence.
Ali started his acting career from Khawaja Moinuddin's Theater.
In 1965, Ali was joined Pakistan television.
Syed Mahmood Ali died on July 11, 2008 due to cardiac arrest. He was 80. He was buried at Wadi-e-Hussain graveyard in Karachi.
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