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-In pictures- Legendary actor Gamil Ratib funeral at Al-Azhar mosque

Wednesday 19/September/2018 - 03:10 PM
Gamil Ratib
Gamil Ratib
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French-Egyptian actor Gamil Ratib، most famous for his role in 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia” funeral prayer was held shortly at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo، amid the attendee of a number of celebrities.

A number of celebrities attended the funeral prayer including، Dr. Khaled Abdel Jalil، The Cinema Advisor of the Minister of Culture، head of the Theatrical Professions Syndicate، Actor Ashraf Zaki، Ezzat El Alaili، Khaled Sarhan، Ratib’s business manager Hany El Touhamy، Mohamed and Magdy Sobhi، Salwa Mohamed Ali، and others.

Moreover، he is scheduled to be buried later on in the family cemetery.

El Touhamy revealed through a live broadcast on his "Facebook" account the will of the late actor before his death.
"Gamil Ratib asked me not to hold a consolation marquee" he said.

Gamil Ratib (1926- 2018)
Gamil Abu-Bakr Ratib، known as Gamil Ratib was a French-Egyptian actor. He was born on November 28، 1926.

In 1940s، Gamil first appeared in the film “Al-forsaan al-thalaatha i.e. The three musketeers”، his family refused the idea and his scenes were removed.

He worked with Comedie Francais beginning in 1951. He returned to Egypt، his homeland، when he was 50، and participated in many Egyptian films.

Ratib traveled to Paris to study Law and Economy، yet he preferred studying Theatre and appeared in Shakespeare’s “Much ado without nothing (1947)”.

He Spoke English and French fluently and used to act in French plays during his stay in France.

He was a candidate for the role of "Khalid Safwan" in "El-Karnak" movie، but due to his strange accent which deprived him of the role so the role has gone to the actor "Kamal El-Shenawy".

"Gamil Ratib" also worked in the Tunisian and French cinema next to his participation in the Egyptian cinema.

He worked during his stay in Paris in small jobs besides acting to provide living expenses and then became a notable member of the “Comédie Française”.

American filmmaker Carol Reed presented Gamil Ratib in “Trapeze (1956)” along with Burt Lancaster، Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida.

Ratib also showed in many TV series like; “Rehlat al-million i.e. The journey to be a millionaire” and “Sonbol ba’d al-million i.e. Sonbol..a millionaire”.

He played the villain his unique way and excelled in authoritarian and aristocrat roles especially with Faaten Hamaama in “Hekaaya waraa koll baab i.e. A story behind every door”.

Ratib received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Dubai International Film Festival in 2011.

He left behind a legacy of more than 174 artistic work.

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