Mahmoud Yassine, l’one of the last sacred monsters of the golden age of Egyptian cinema, died this Wednesday, October 14, at the age of 79 after a long battle with the disease.
“My father, artist Mahmoud Yassine, has passed away,” artist and author Amr Mahmoud Yassine announced on his Instagram page.
Born in 1942 in the coastal governorate of Port Said, in northern Egypt, Mahmoud Yassine, son of an employee at the Suez Canal management company, had a law degree. The sixth in a family of ten children, he began his artistic career in the late 1960s in the theater, before participating in more than 150 films, including the famous “Oudkourini” with Najlaa Fathi. He has also played in around sixty television series and around twenty plays, notably: Mon pays Akka, Leila et Majnun or La mort de Guevara.
Married to actress Shahira since 1970 and father of two children, the legendary actor had retired from the artistic scene in 2012 after suffering from heart problems.