Adel Emam

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Adel Emam
Adel Imam by Elijah Zarwan
Born Adel Mohamed Imam
(1940-05-17) May 17, 1940 (age 78)
Shaha, Dakahlia, Egypt
Nationality Egyptian
Other names El Zaeem
Alma mater Cairo University
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1962-present

Adel Imam (sometimes credited as: Adel Emam), (Egyptian Arabic: عادل إمام‎), born May 17, 1940, in Shaha (شها) near El Mansoura (المنصورة), is an Egyptian movie and stage actor.[1][2] 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[3][4]


He is an important figure in Egypt and the Arabic-speaking countries 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 The Embassy in the Building, playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building. In the following year, Emam was one of the ensemble cast 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.[5][6] He

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 hosted by Hala Sarhan that Amin Shalaby and the late Younes Shalaby as well as Saeed Saleh were his best friends since university.

In February 2012, Emam was sentenced (in absentia) to three months in jail for offending Islam.[7] Imam said he would appeal the sentence.[8] On September 12, 2012, Emam won his appeal when a Cairo misdemeanours court cleared him of defaming Islam in his films.[9]


Adel Emam received numerous awards through his five decades career. He won Horus Award twice for his leading roles in Omaret Yakobean and Al-irhabi at Cairo International Film Festival[10]. He won the Honorary Award of the Festival at 2014 Marrakech International Film Festival[11]. He won International Jury Award at São Paulo International Film Festival[12]. In 2005 and 2008 Dubai International Film Festival awarded Adel Emam the Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the first Career Achievement Award in El-Gouna Film Festival in 2017.[13]


Selected filmography[edit]

Adel Imam 2009
Year Film/TV Series Name Translation Role
2018 Awalem Khafyah (TV Series)[14][15][16] Hidden Worlds Helal Kamel
2017 Afareet Adly Alam (TV Series) Adly Alam's Ghosts Adly Alam
2016 Ma'amoon wa shorakaah (TV Series) Ma'amoon and his partners Ma'amoon Mobasher
2015 Ostaz wa rayees kesm (TV Series) Professor and Head of Department Fawzy Gomaa
2014 Saheb El Saada (TV Series) His Majesty Bahgat Abou-Kheir
2013 Al Aaraf (TV Series) The Fortune-teller Abd-El-Hamid El-Bakry / Hazem Ghorbal / Mostafa Zahran / Araby El-Kahky / Sobhy Abou-El-Fadl / Abou-El-Haggag El-Masry
2012 Firqit Naji Atallah (TV Series) Naji Atallah's Team Naji Atallah
2010 Zahaimar Alzheimer's Mahmoud
2009 Bobbos Bobbos Mohsen Hendawi
2008 Hassan w Morqos Hasan and Marcus Boules
2007 Morgan Ahmad Morgan Morgan Ahmad Morgan Morgan
2006 Emaret Yaqubian The Yacoubian Building Zakki
2005 El-Sefara fi El-Omara The Embassy Is In The Building Shereef
2004 Arees Menn Gehha Amneya A Security Service Groom Khattaab
2003 Al-Tagroba Al-Danemarkeya The Danish Experiment Qadri
2002 Ameer Al-Zalaam Prince of Darkness Saeed Al-Masri
2000 Bekheet Wa Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet And Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet
1999 El-Wad Mahroos Betaa El-Wazeer Mahroos; The Minister's Guy Mahroos
1998 Ressala Ila Al-Wali A Message to the Governor Harfoosh
1997 Bekheet Wa Adeela 2: El-Gardal wel-Kanaka Bekheet and Adeela 2: The Pail and the Coffeepot Bekheet
1996 Al-Nom Fil-Assal Sleeping In The Honey - Fast asleep Colonel Magdi
1995 Bekheet Wa Adeela Bekheet And Adeela Bekheet
1995 Toyoor Al-Zalaam Birds Of Darkness Fathy Nofal
1994 Al-Erhabi The Terrorist Ali[17]
1993 El Mansy The Forgotten Youssef El Mansy
1992 El Erhab Wal Kabab Terrorism and Kebab Ahmed
1991 Shams Elzanaty Shams Elzanaty Shams Elzanaty
1987 Al-Nemr Wal-Ontha The Tiger And The Female Waheed
1984 Hatta La-Yeteer Al-Dukhan So that smoke won't fly Fahmi
1984 Al Ins wa Algen Humans and The Devil Jalal (The Devil)
1983 El Harrif The Street Player Fares
1983 Al-Motasawel The Beggar Hasanin
1982 Dumu Fi Uyun Waqeha Tears In Insolent Eyes Gomaa El-Shawwan
1979 Ihna Bitua' al-Autobis We're from the Bus Jabir
1978 Ahlam Al fata Al ta2r Dreams Of The Fugitive Boy Ibrahim El-Tayer


  • Ana Wa Howa Wa Heya (1964)
  • Al-Nassabeen (1966)
  • Dhat Al-Bijama Al-Hamraa (1967)
  • Ana Feen W Enti Feen (1970)
  • Madrast Al-Mushaghebeen (1973)
  • Gharameyat Afifi (1975)
  • Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga (1975)
  • Al-Wad Sayed Al-Shaghal (1984)
  • Al-Zaeem (1993)
  • Body Guard (1999)


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  8. ^ "Islamists halt filming of Egyptian TV series". Daily News Egypt. 2012-02-09.
  9. ^ "Egyptian actor Adel Imam wins appeal in defaming Islam case". Ahram Online. 2012-09-12.
  10. ^ "Adel Imam". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  11. ^ "Adel Imam monte les marches (PHOTOS)". Al HuffPost Maghreb (in French). 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  12. ^ "41ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema - 30ª Mostra - Premiações". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
  13. ^ "El-Gouna Film Festival to honour Egyptian actor Adel Imam with Career Achievement Award - Film - Arts & Culture - Ahram Online". Retrieved 2018-03-17.
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  15. ^ "لأول مرة: عادل إمام يستكمل تصوير مسلسله من "منزله"". مجلة سيدتي (in Arabic). 2018-01-16. Retrieved 2018-01-17.
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