Google Doodle celebrates the 71st birthday of Egyptian film actor Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) on November 18, 2020.
Who was Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي)?
Ahmed Zaki Metwally Abdelrahman Badawi (أحمد زكي متولي عبد الرحمن بدوي) was born on 18 November 1949 in the city of Zagazig, around 50 miles north of Cairo, Egypt. He was commonly known as Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي).
Nicknamed the “Black Tiger” after his titular role in a 1984 boxing film, Zaki was one of the first dark-skinned actors to play leading roles in Egyptian movies and assisted with changing the face of the Arab film industry forever.
Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) was described by his ability, talent, and capacity in mimicking. He was additionally renowned for his on-screen power, often truly hitting co-stars during scenes of violence. Even though he originally showed up in a small role within a Comedy play, he is generally viewed as one of the most talented male actors, particularly in dramatic and tragic roles.
Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) graduated from Zagazig’s Crafts School in 1967 and afterward went to Cairo to study cinema before he graduated from the Cairo Higher Institute for Drama Studies in 1974.
Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) made his first film, Abnaa Elsamt (Children of Silence), in 1974. By 1980 he had made six movies, including (Alexandria, Why?) with Egypt’s most popular director, Youssef Chahine. Zaki showed up in over 60 movies all through his career.
Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) likewise featured in the acclaimed 1980s TV comedy musical series Howa we heya with actress Souad Houssni. Zaki was additionally featured in a series of successful action movies during the mid-and late-1990s.
Ahmed Zaki (أحمد زكي) was viewed as an icon and representative for the average Egyptian youth, he was additionally viewed as the beneficiary to Farid Shawki as Malek El Terso (“The King of the Third Class” – a reference to his popularity among poor people, who purchased third-class seats in movie theatres) in an Egyptian magazine. The two featured together in two movies several years earlier.
Ahmed Zaki was a known heavy smoker. Zaki had been in intensive consideration at Dar Al Fouad Hospital in Sixth of October City, simply outside Cairo, and passed on of lung cancer complications, after president Hosni Mubarak offered to send him to France for medical treatment at the government’s cost and granting him the Merit of Arts award for his work in more than 50 movies.
A book about Ahmed Zaki has been released under the title of Ahmad Zaki wa Symphoniet Ibda (Ahmad Zaki: A Symphonic Innovation Masterpiece). The book highlights subtleties of his acting profession and incorporates an assemblage of articles by various pundits including Tareq Al Shinawi, Mohammad Al Shafe’ee, and Waleed Saif.
On November 18, 2020, Google Doodle, represented by Cairo-based guest artist Muhammad Mustafa, celebrates Ahmed Zaki’s 71st Birthday.
Google Doodle represents references to a few of his contributions to Egyptian film, including boxing gloves for Al Nimr Al Aswad (The Black Tiger), a crab symbolizing Kaboria (The Crab), a camera for Edhak El-Sora Tetlaa’ Helwa (Smile, the Picture Will Come Out Fine), and the animals from Arba’a Fi Muhimma Rasmiya (Four on an Official Mission).