Award-winning Egyptian actor and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Gamil Ratib dies aged 92

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Gamil Ratib, left, with Omar Sharif from a scene in Lawrence of Arabia. (Supplied)
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Born in Cairo in 1926, Ratib’s love of performing started in France while studying at university. (Photo: Instagram/@msdar_news)
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Gamil Ratib in the French film "L'Aventuriere des Champs-Elysees" from 1957
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Gamil Ratib as Majid in Lawrence of Arabia. The actor was widely loved for his roles in Arab and European cinema and TV. (Supplied)
Updated 20 September 2018
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Award-winning Egyptian actor and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ star Gamil Ratib dies aged 92

  • The actor was loved by Egyptian and Arab audiences but also known in the West for his role in Lawrence of Arabia
  • Tributes pour in from colleagues and fans for a career that spanned many decades

CAIRO: The award-winning Egyptian-French actor, Gamil Ratib, who was widely loved by Arab and European fans, died on Wednesday aged 92.

An icon of Egyptian cinema and drama, Ratib, will be remembered by Arab fans for his roles in a number of TV series such as “Yawmiat Wanees,” “El-Raya al-Bayda,” “Al-Asdekaa,” and “Wajh El-Qamar.” 

The veteran actor also appeared in French and Tunisian cinema and took parts in many distinguished international movies, most famously the1962 Oscar-winning “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Actors who worked closely with Ratib shared their condolences on the social media.

Born in Cairo in 1926, Ratib’s love of performing started in France while studying at university. (Photo: Instagram/@msdar_news)

“My father, My friend and my best actor. Good bye. You left a great history and a great human achievement behind you,” said Mohamed Sobhy, the renowned Egyptian actor who worked closely with Ratib.

Iman Sarkis, another veteran actor, said: “Good bye my friend who had the most kind heart. A great actor and lovely memories together to remember.”

“May Allah have Mercy on the artist Gamil Rateb. He was a beautiful person with an amazing personality reflected on the screen on any role he plays. He covered a space that will be very far fetched to replace,” said Nabil El-Halafawy.

Ratib’s love for acting came from his interest in French theater, which he developed during his years at university there.

Gamil Ratib in the French film "L'Aventuriere des Champs-Elysees" from 1957. (Supplied)

His career spanned 65 years where he starred in both French and Egyptian films and first appeared in a movie in 1945 titled “I Am the East.”

Ratib, who was born on 28 Aug. 1926 in Cairo, has been honored for his work both in Egypt and France, and was a recipient of France’s Legion of Honour in 1995 for 59 years of exceptional work in cinema and film.

Egyptian film lovers also came forward with an outpouring of admiration for Ratib.

“Good bye our legend, you will be missed, we loved you and we will always will,” said Nada El-Bermawy, a Cairo resident.

Gamil Ratib as Majid in Lawrence of Arabia. The actor was widely loved for his roles in Arab and European cinema and TV. (Supplied)

Mohamed Hussien, 41, another Cairo resident, said: “The classy, the evil, the funny. We lost one of our best actors today but will always stay in our hearts and memories.”

Ratib struggled with bad health for several years and in a recent TV appearance he shared his desire for death to end the battle with his illness.

“Death will be restful for me from life problems, ageing and disease,” he said. “I am not fearing death I just fear the pain. I will also follow the people who loved me and get next to them.”

He died at Cairo’s Anglo-American Hospital, his agent confirmed in a statement.


Hadid sisters, Imaan Hammam go grunge for Versace at MFW

Models, including Kendall Jenner, present creations during the Versace women's Fall/Winter 2019/2020 collection fashion show, on Feb. 22 in Milan. (AFP)
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Hadid sisters, Imaan Hammam go grunge for Versace at MFW

MILAN: The Hadid sisters were joined by the who’s who of the young modelling world at last night’s Versace runway show in Milan.

The sisters took to the catwalk as part of a busy Milan Fashion Week — between them they have walked for the likes of Fendi, Moschino and Prada — and were joined by Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner and Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam.

“Its that’s time!!! VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE. Can’t wait for the show @versace On my way,” she posted on Instagram before the sartorial showcase kicked off.

Head designer Donatella Versace mixed luxury and grunge in a new collection that calls on the Italian fashion house’s key iconographic details of past decades. It was the Milan fashion house’s first womenswear show since becoming part of the Capri Holdings Limited owned by Michael Kors, the Associated Press reported.

According to the show notes, “grunge is an attitude, that time in life when people were more deep in the sense of thoughts, talking and thinking.” Versace added that there is need for more of that now.

Grunge came through in the purposely ravaged cashmere sweaters, held together by Versace hardware, including the Greek-head safety pin. The sweater paired perfectly with a tweed skirt with a colorful silk and lace slip peeking out.

Other looks were more eclectic, as if pulled from some 1970s magic trunk of slinky, colorful pieces that layered into fun, upbeat looks including a shimmery turquoise slip dress, to the lace tights and V-branded pink-and-green coat with an acid green fur collar. Versace also played with the house’s bondage heritage, with bondage tops laying over ribbed turtlenecks for day or forming the bodice of an evening dress, the AP reported.

She closed on a series of black looks modeled by Gigi and Bella, with iconic 1990s supermodel Stephanie Seymour closing the show.

“With this collection, I wanted to show that side of a woman that isn’t afraid to step outside of her comfort zone because she knows that imperfection is the new perfection,” Versace said in her notes.

Meanwhile, a day earlier, Bella walked the runway for quirky fashion house Moschino, who’s creative head Jeremy Scott staged a tongue-in-cheek game show to show off his collection of slinky dresses and gold lame on women with 1970s bouffants.

The collection fully embraced the early television era, with handbags shaped as TV dinners, toothpaste tubes and champagne bottles, reflecting the reality of home cuisine, a major TV-era advertising force and the millionaire dreams of the television audience, according to AP.

Models shimmied up against a red Ferrari, a grandfather clock, kitchen appliances and a La-Z-Boy recliner — the latter of which boasted price tags below most present-day luxury brand apparel.
Scott basked in the irony, taking a star turn under a shower of big gold confetti.