One of the most famous directors in the history of Egyptian cinema.
He made his directorial debut in 1942 with the film The Wanderer.
He directed a total of 60 films over the course of his career. His films Days and Nights from 1955 and Hassan wa Nayima from 1959 were two of his most critically acclaimed.
He had five children with his wife Maiya.
He directed films during the same era as American director Billy Wilder.