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On the birthday of Abdel Moneim Ibrahim. Exciting moments in the life of “Charlie Chaplin of Arab”

December 24 is the birthday of the late artist Abdel Moneim Ibrahim. One of the most important comedy stars competed with laughter giants in cinema and theater. With his distinctive smile and lightness of shadow, he managed to capture the audience’s hearts and bring a smile to viewers’ faces through his prominent roles that influenced Egyptian cinema. Even the audience called him “Charlie Chaplin of the Arabs,” and critics called him the “Knight of Comedy.” To celebrate his birthday, we show you some exciting stations in his artistic career and personal life in the following report, which were tragic and sad, unlike his funny comedic roles.

His Birth & Early Life

His full name is Abdel Moneim Ibrahim Mohamed Hassan Al-Dogbashi. He was born on December 24, 1924, in the city of Beni Suef, to a family that traces its origins to the village of Mit Badr Halawa in the city of Samanoud, Gharbia Governorate. His first chance at acting came when he was in the third grade of primary school when an Arabic language teacher chose him to play the role of a girl in a musical called “The Suez Canal,” as it was forbidden for school theater to hire female students from other schools. The play was broadcast on the radio, as was the custom of schools at the time. 

After that, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim joined a mechanical industrial school in Bulaq. During his studies, he established a representative troupe with Ramses Naguib, Atef Salem, and Adly Kasab. In 1941, he joined the band formed by Abdel Moneim Madbouly at Shubra School under the name “The Amateur Band.” He performed several plays on the Azbakeya theater with him, including “The Victim, Awlad Al-Saffah, A Bird in the Cage.”

Early Works

After obtaining a diploma in craftsmanship, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim was appointed to the Ministry of Finance. Still, he left work to enter the world of art. He joined the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1949. After he was a student at the hands of the great artist Zaki Tulaimat, who joined him after graduating from the Modern Theater Troupe, which he founded from among the institute’s graduates. To present successful plays with him, such as “Set al-Banat, Mismar Juha,” and then joined the National Theater, and presented distinguished plays such as The Battle of Port Said, on the wing of Tabrizi, The Lost Discourse, Ma`ruf Al-Iskafi, Wife Killing Society, Dirty Hands, Safety Rail, Baghdad Barber, Bab Al-Futuh. He also joined the Ismail Yassin Troupe in 1955. Still, he did not adapt to the nature of commercial performances offered by the private sector.

Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, in his early years, also turned to the radio and was one of the comedy stars who launched the famous radio program “An Hour for Your Heart.”

His cinematic beginnings came when director Ezz El-Din Ibrahim assigned him a small role in “The Emergence of Islam.” Still, the audience did not know him despite his radio fame. Then director Hassan El-Imam assigned him a prominent role in the movie “Wahez,” which earned him fame and made the audience recognize him.

His film career

Abdel Moneim Ibrahim was known for his mastery and proficiency in pronunciation in Classical Arabic. This was evident in the theatrical works on the national stage, including “Baghdad’s Barber, Ma’ruf Al-Shubaiq, I Want a Millionaire.” In addition to his prominent roles in the most famous comedy films, including the role of “Sheikh Abdel Bar Abdel Wahid,” a conscript in the navy, in the movie “Ismail Yassin in the Fleet,” and “Professor Hakam,” an Arabic language teacher in the movie “Al-Safira Aziza” and “Sheikh Moneim” in the movie “Passport is in Danger,” “Sheikh Mahran,” the Arabic language teacher in the movie “The Artistic Director,” “Professor Younes” the Arabic language teacher in the movie “The Mirrors,” and “Sheikh Sanusi” in the movie “The Revenge.”

Fluency in Standard Arabic

Abdel Moneim Ibrahim was known for his mastery and proficiency in pronunciation in Classical Arabic. This was evident in the theatrical works on the national stage, including “Baghdad’s Barber, Ma’ruf Al-Shubaiq, I Want a Millionaire.” In addition to his prominent roles in the most famous comedy films, including the role of “Sheikh Abdel Bar Abdel Wahid,” a conscript in the navy, in the movie “Ismail Yassin in the Fleet,” and “Professor Hakam,” an Arabic language teacher in the movie “Al-Safira Aziza” and “Sheikh Moneim” in the movie “Passport is in Danger,” “Sheikh Mahran,” the Arabic language teacher in the movie “The Artistic Director,” “Professor Younes” the Arabic language teacher in the movie “The Mirrors,” and “Sheikh Sanusi” in the movie “The Revenge.”

Awards and Honors

During his artistic career, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim won several awards and honors. He won the gold medal and the State Appreciation Award for the movie “Sukar Hanim” in 1963. He won the Gold Medal for “The Road of Tears” the following year. He also received the Medal of Science and Arts, first-class, in 1983. In addition, he received the Golden National Theater shield in 1986 in the golden jubilee of its establishment.

A life that is full of action and violence and work, wonder.

Despite the comic roles presented by Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, with which he could draw a smile on viewers’ faces, his life was full of tragedies and sad situations. The first shock of his life was the death of his mother while he was undergoing entrance exams at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art, yet he passed all the exams. Years later, specifically in 1958, while participating in the play “The Dougari Family,” he received the news of his father’s death, so he went to receive condolences and had to return on the same day to complete filming his scenes.

Shocks continued in Abdel Moneim Ibrahim’s life after he learned that his first wife and mother of his children had malignant disease. He was filming one of his films in Athens when doctors told him that his wife was dying and wanted to see him. And when he tried to travel to Cairo, the plane broke down for 17 hours. When he finally arrived, the doctor told him that his wife would only live a few months, so his wife left in 1961, leaving him four sons, the oldest of whom is eight and the youngest is a year and a half.

Two years later, that is, in 1968, his older brother, who was taking care of their brothers after the death of their father, died, leaving his wife and six children in the care of Abdel Moneim Ibrahim, who was forced again to leave the play “Silqa Al Salama” in which he was participating to attend his brother’s funeral and condolences, and then return To complete the presentation of the play. Shortly after, his third wife, Aida Talhoum, died of spleen cancer. What hurts him the most was the death of his son, Tariq, after suffering from cancer when he was 37 years old, which made Abdel Moneim Ibrahim enter into a new shock.

The story of his marriage to two sisters

Abdel Moneim Ibrahim married several times. The first marriage was in 1950, where he married a woman and had three daughters and a son: “Salwa, Suhair, Sumaya and Tariq” and after 11 years of marriage, his wife died while their youngest son was only two years old. Two years later, Abdel Moneim Ibrahim’s brother died, leaving him with six children and their mother, only to find himself responsible for a family of 11. Some advised him to marry his first wife’s sister to help him raise them. However, she looked very similar to his late wife. He could not bear the memories, so the divorce occurred between them after a few days of marriage. Then, to marry for the third time, the Lebanese woman, Aida Talhoum, with whom he had his fourth daughter, Nevin. Then he married for the fourth time to the artist Kawthar Al-Assal, and their marriage lasted 20 years.

His Death

Abdel Moneim Ibrahim suffered from water on his lung, and he suffered from a weak heart muscle. After being transferred to the hospital, he refused to enter the intensive care and was determined to leave despite the doctors’ refusal because he was linked to filming appointments. Because of his insistence, his sons had to bring the doctor to give him injections for treatment during the filming until his health improved. A month later, while preparing to go to the Peace Theater to perform the final rehearsals for the play “5 Stars”, he had a heart attack in his garage and died while being transported to the hospital. Abdel Moneim Ibrahim passed away on November 17, 1987, at 62. His funeral started at the National Theater, as he had recommended before his death. He was buried in the village of Mit Badr Halawa, next to his father, mother, and brother.

 

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