Artist Ashraf Abdel Ghafour (Social Media)

Egyptian actor Ashraf Abdel Ghafour passed away at the age of 81, on the afternoon of the third Sunday of December, following a car accident that occurred on the desert road between the cities of Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt.

The Acting Professions Syndicate announced his death, and mourned its former president through the official page on Facebook and wrote: The Acting Professions Syndicate mourns with great sadness and sorrow the death of the able artist Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, former head of the Acting Professions Syndicate, who died on Sunday.

The Egyptian actor and his wife were transferred to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in the city of "6th of October", east of Cairo, in an attempt to save him, but it failed, as a result of cardiac arrest, while his wife is still receiving treatment in the hospital.

Critic Mahmoud Abdel Shakour wrote on his Facebook account that Abdel Ghafour represents an important milestone in the history of theater and dramas, and is part of the generation of a few professors.

The journalist Shafki Al-Munira wrote in a post on her Facebook account, "I met him in a beautiful humanitarian meeting after honoring him at the National Theater in the ninth program 3 months ago."

Artist Ahmed Wafik mourned the late artist on his Facebook page, saying, "The professor is gone. We mourn our great teacher Ashraf Abdel Ghafoor. My sincere condolences to all the Arab artistic family."

Ashraf Abdel Ghafour, who was born in 1942, began artistic work in the sixties of the last century through the theatrical show "Galvdan Hanim", and among the most prominent plays in which he participated "Suleiman Al-Halabi", "Three Nights", "Dead Without Graves" and "The Death of Guevara", and despite his wide fame in theater and television drama, his cinematic participation was limited in films such as "Men in the Trap", "Back Streets" and "The Voice of Love".

He got his biggest opportunity in television, and is famous for presenting historical and religious works, so he presented the character of Waraqa bin Nofal in the series "The Hour of Ould Al-Huda", Al-Waleed bin Abdul Malik in the series "Omar bin Abdul Aziz", Musa Al-Hadi in "Harun Al-Rashid", and the body of the main character in "Al-Laith bin Saad", and the ruler Tandla in "East Winds".

Among his social works is his participation in the character of Al-Tobji in "Zizinia", and his artistic contribution continued at the beginning of the millennium, so he presented the character of Sheikh Hassan Al-Sadd in the series "Fares Without a Horse", Imam Muhammad Abdo in "Heliopolis", Mohamed Naguib in "Egyptian Papers", "Gloucester" in the play "King Lear", and Sheikh Al-Hefni in "Sheikh Al-Arab Hammam".

His last participation was in the series "Rashid", which was shown last Ramadan and starred his daughter, actress Reham Abdel Ghafour, and finished filming his role in the series "The Secret", which is expected to be shown.

Ashraf Abdel Ghafour served as President of the Actors Syndicate for 3 years from 2012 to 2015.

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies