Shoukry Sarhan

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Mohammad Shoukry Al Husseini Sarhan (1925–1997, Arabic: محمد شُكري الحسيني سرحان‎‎), better known as Shoukry Sarhan (شُكري سرحان), was an Egyptian actor. He is regarded[by whom?] as one of the greatest Arab actors of all time.

Life and career[edit]

Sarhan was born in Al Sharqiya, Egypt on 12 March 1925. He graduated from the High Institute of Acting in Egypt in 1947. In 1949, Sarhan acted in his first movie, Lahalibo (لهاليبو). His rise to stardom was in 1951 when Youssef Chahine, a famous Egyptian film director, chose him for the lead role in the movie Ibn al-Nile (ابن النيل, "Son of the Nile").

Sarhan had earned the title "The young man of the screen".[citation needed] He received several awards throughout his career. President Gamal Abdel Nasser honored Sarhan with "Egypt's decoration". In 1984, he received a Best Actor's award for his lead role, with Faten Hamama, in the movie Laylat al-Qabdh 'Ala Fatima (ليلة القبض على فاطمة, "The Night of Fatima's Arrest"), which was directed by Henry Barakat.

During the celebrations of the centennial of cinema he was nominated by Egyptian critics as the best actor of the century in Egypt, having participated more than any other actor in some of the best 100 Egyptian films.[citation needed]

Sahran's last movie was Al-Gablawi (الجبلاوي) in 1991. He died in 1997.

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