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|Mahmoud el-Meliguy |
22 December 1910
|Died||6 June 1983 (aged 72)|
|Spouse(s)||Alwiya Gamil (1939 – 1983)|
Mahmoud el-Meliguy (Egyptian Arabic: محمود المليجي, Maḥmoūd el-Meleygī; 22 December 1910 – 6 June 1983) was an Egyptian screenwriter and an actor of film, theater, and television. He started his career playing minor roles, but achieved stardom in the late 1930s. A popular and award-winning actor, he has acted in hundreds of films and was famous for his evil, villain roles.
El-Meliguy is the descendant of an Egyptian family that took its name from the Egyptian city of Melieg in Monufia Governorate. He breakthrough role came when Mohamed Abdel Wahab chose him to star in the film Lastu Mallak (I'm Not an Angel). He was paid 900 Egyptian pounds and quickly achieved stardom. People praised him for the villain role he played in that film, and film critics described him as “the wickedness of cinema”.
Mahmoud el-Meliguy met the Egyptian actress Alwiya Gamil in 1938 and married her in 1939. He acted in several films with her. The couple had a happy and strong relationship. They did not have children together but raised two sons, Gamal El-Din and Morsi, and a daughter, Isis, from Alwiya's previous marriage. In 1963, after 24 years of his marriage to Alwiya Gamil, he married another woman, a young actress named Fawziyah al-Ansari, but their marriage lasted no longer than three days. Alwiya had allegedly compelled him to divorce her. His marriage with Alwiya Gamil ended in 1983, with his death.