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Date of Birth 18 November 1949Zaqazeeq, Egypt
Date of Death 27 March 2005Cairo, Egypt  (lung cancer)
Birth NameAhmed Abdullrahman Zaki

Mini Bio (1)

Ahmed Zaki was born on November 18, 1949 in Zaqazeeq, Egypt as Ahmed Abdullrahman Zaki. He was an actor and producer, known for Iskanderija... lih? (1979), Land of Fear (1999) and His Excellency the Minister (2002). He was married to Fouad, Hala. He died on March 27, 2005 in Cairo, Egypt.

Spouse (1)

Fouad, Hala (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (10)

Father of Haitham Ahmed Zaki. (b. 1984).
He is known for portaying prominent characters in Egyptian history like Taha Hussien, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat.
His ex-wife Hala Fouad died of cancer in 1991.
He originally studied mechanical engineering before becoming an actor.
Egyptian President Mubarak granted Ahmed Zaki the Merit of Arts award for his work in over 50 movies in 2001.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2004, after which he was treated at a Paris hospital before he returned to Cairo to continue chemotherapy.
He broke the color barrier in Egyptian films by being the first Black actor to play leading roles usually reserved for light-skinned actors.
At Zaki's request, his funeral was filmed, the footage to be used in his final movie, a biography of famous Egyptian singer Abdul Halim Hafez, who died in 1977. The ailing actor insisted on leaving his hospital bed to shoot more scenes. His 21-year-old son Haitham plans to film the remaining scenes, playing Hafez in his youth.
Announced that he is ready to act after recovering from lung cancer. [January 2005]
On February 2004, he was diagnosed with lung cancer after undergoing tests in France. French doctors have concluded that his condition is not terminal, and can be easily treated.

Personal Quotes (1)

On parties: I may give the impression of being a loner, but, in fact I love people... It's not the gathering that counts it's who you're with that counts. You may enjoy yourself as much in a small gathering, it's not the quantity of people that counts, it's the company that counts.

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