Ismail Yasin; (1912 – 1972) Posted by Fisal on Sep 16, 2012 in Arabic Language, Culture, Pronunciation, Vocabulary
Ismail Yasin إسـمــاعــيــــل يــاســيـــن was a very famous Egyptian actor and monologist. He was born on the 15th of September, 1912 in Suez City. His father was a middle class jeweler. His mother died when he was still a little child and his step-mother used to hurt him. Like most children of the time, he went to a Kuttab الــكــُــتـــَّـــاب to learn reading and writing the Quran. Then, he continued in a Primary school until fourth grade when his father broke. Ismail had to leave school and depend on himself to earn his living, so he worked in a cloth shop and then in a car station.
In the 1930s and at the age of seventeen, Ismail ran from home and travelled to Cairo where he worked in a Café مــقــهـــى . He used to spend the night at cheap hotels. Ismail loved the songs of the great Egyptian singer and composer at the time; Muhammad Abdel-Wahhab مــُــحــمــَّــد عــبــد الــوهــاب. He used to repeat and sing these songs since he was a kid. Ismail, even, dreamed of being a singer who is capable of competing with Abdel-Wahhab.
After his work in the café, Ismail worked with a very popular belly dancer راقــِـــصـــَـــة called “Osta Nousa الأســطــى نــُــوســـَـــة“. He did not earn much money, so he left to work as an agent وكــيـــل in a lawyer’s office for some time. After that his dream حــُـــلـــْـــم of being a singer came to the surface again especially after he met his life-long friend; the comedy writer Abo Al-So’oud Al-Ibyari أبــو الــســُّـــعــُـــود الإبــيــــارى . They both formed a successful artistic dual and they both owned the Night Club of Badi’ah Masabni بــَــديـــعـــَــــة مــَــصــَـــابــنـــِــــى (a famous Egyptian singer) before they move to the cinema and the theatre. Abo Al-So’od appointed Ismail Yasin to Badi’ah and her band to do monologues at her club. Ismail was very successful at the art of monologue and this work continued for ten years from 1935 to 1945. Abo Al-So’oud was of course his monologue composer and writer. He also did monologues for the radio and got 4 Egyptian pounds for each monologue مــُــونــولــُــوج , which was a lot of money. Ismail produced about 60 plays for the theatre but they were all lost because it was said that an employee from the Egyptian television has (unintentionally بــِــلا قــَــصــْـــدٍ) deleted them.
The year 1939 witnessed the beginning بداية of Ismail Yasin in the cinema after he was chosen by the director مــُـــخـــرج Fo’ad Al-Jazayrli فـــؤاد الــجــــزايـــــرلـــى to take part in the film خــَـــلـــَـــف الــحــبــَـــايــب (Children of the Beloved Ones). Then, he participated in so many films where he played the second star part until he got the first star part. In 1945, his talent مــَــوْهــِـــبـــَــــة attracted the famous actor Anwar Wagdi أنـــْـــوَر وَجـــْـــدِى who chose him for most of his films and produced for him later on. Ismail was first star in the film الناصح (The Smart One) that was produced by Wagdi in 1949. Ismail Yasin filmed more than 166 films during his life. The years 1952, 1953 and 1954 were his golden age because he filmed 16 films in each year. That was an achievement that no other actor has ever reached.
Ismail Yasin was one of the greatest and most successful figures in the history تــاريـــخ of the Arab Cinema. His works were bestsellers for years and are still the favorites for a wide range of the Egyptian and Arab audience جــُــمــْــهــُــــور . He managed to drive people of all ages to smile because of his great talent and comic face.
Ismail married three times but got only one son (Yasin Ismail Yasin) who was a film director. Towards the end of his life, Ismail Yasin suffered from a heart disease مــَــرَض and then he finally left our world on May 24th, 1972.
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