This day in history: Passing of a film icon

"Bus Driver," "The Innocent," "The Nurse," "Sins"–these are but a handful of the landmark films featuring legendary Egyptian movie star Emad Hamdy, also known for his leading roles in countless television serials.

Hamdy was born on 5 November, 1909. His acting tutor was the famous Abdel Wareth Asar. His first film role was in a cinematic version of Verdi’s "Aida" in 1942.

But Hamdy’s real debut came in 1945, when filmmaker Kamel el-Telmesany gave him a leading role in "The Black Market," co-starring celebrated actress Aqila Rateb. In the years that followed, Hamdy became Egypt’s premier cinematic icon, known mostly for his leading roles in romance movies.

In 1945, Hamdy married actress Fatheya Sherif, with whom he had a son, Nader. Eight years later, he married actress Shadia, with whom he appeared in a number of blockbuster films. And in 1961, he married actress Nadia el-Guindi–that marriage lasted for 13 years–with whom he also had a son, Hisham.

Hamdy died on 28 January, 1984 from a heart attack, leaving behind a legacy of classic films that continue to be well-received by adoring audiences today.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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