Zaki, Ahmed (I) Biography
biography of Zaki, Ahmed (I)Ahmed Abdullrahman Zaki
18 November 1949, Zaqazeeq, Egypt
27 March 2005, Cairo, Egypt (lung cancer)
- 'Fouad, Hala' (? - ?) (divorced); 1 child
- Father of 'Haitham Ahmed Zaki' (qv). (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (January 2005) Announced that he is ready to act after recovering from lung cancer.
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Acting in movies
- Halim (2006)
- Ma'ali al wazir (2003)
- Ayam El-Sadat (2001)
- Ard al-Khof (1999)
- Edhak el soura tetlaa helwa (1998)
- Al Batal (1997)
- Abo Dahab (1996)
- Hysteria (1996)
- Nasser 56 (1996)
- Nazwa (1996)
- Al ragol al talet (1994)
- Mr. Karate (1993)
- Sawwaq el hanem (1993)
- Al Basha (1992)
- Did el hokouma (1992)
- Al-raii wa al nesaa (1991)
- Al imbrator (1990)
- El-Baydha Wal Hagar (1990)
- Ahlam Hind we Kamilia (1989)
- El heroob (1988)
- Arba'a Fi Muhimma Rasmiya (1987)
- Zawgat ragol mohim (1987)
- Al-bidaya (1986)
- Shader al-samak (1986)
- "Al ragol allathy fakada dhakeratoh marratein" (1985)
- Al-raqissa wa al-tabal (1984)
- Al-takhshiba (1984)
- Love on the Pyramids Plateau (1984)
- Al-Awwama rakm 70 (1982)
- Maowid ala ashaa (1981)
- Oyun la tanam (1981)
- Taer ala el tariq (1981)
- Chafika et Metwal (1979)
- Al omr lahza (1978)
- Ayam El-Sadat (2001) (producer)