Egyptian movie actor and director who rose to prominence in the 1940s. His films include Ragaa, Kataitu waladi, Fatmah, and El Wahsh.
He began his acting career with a role as an extra in a 1922 production of Julius Caesar.
His most successful film as a director was 1949's The Flirtation of Girls, which he also wrote.
He was married to Elham Hussein Leila Mourad from 1947 to 1954.
He was born in the same country as fellow actor Omar Sharif.