The Cultural Counselor of the Embassy of the State of Palestine to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Naji Al-Naji, laid a wreath in the name of President Mahmoud Abbas at the tomb of the late artist Youssef Shaaban during his funeral ceremony, today, Monday, in Cairo, where he passed away at the age of 90 years old after a great artistic life. During it many purposeful national roles and actions, and the honorable pan-Arab national stances.
Al-Naji conveyed the condolences of the President and the Palestinian people to the family of the almighty artist, asking God the Almighty to inspire his family patience and solace in losing this artistic, intellectual and patriotic stature.
The deceased received many Palestinian honors, the last of which was in 2019, when President Mahmoud Abbas awarded him the Grand Star of the Medal of Culture, Science and Arts, in appreciation of a long artistic career full of giving and valuable patriotic cinematic and television works and for his support and support for the Palestinian cause that remained in his conscience and his prestigious artistic creativity.
The late actor Youssef Shaaban was born in the Shubra neighborhood in 1931, and joined the Faculty of Law at Ain Shams University and then submitted his credentials at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, and because of the pressure of studying at the college and the institute, he decided to focus on studying the institute, and he withdrew his papers from the Faculty of Law when he was in the third year. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in 1962.
And he participated in the championship of more than 250 works of art, as he started his cinematic career in 1961 in the movie “In Our Home is a Man” with Omar Sharif and director Barakat, and then his cinematic works exceeded 110 films and 130 series, most notably (The Family and People) and (Shahada and Tears) and (Al-Weded), (The Dougari Family), (A Moment of Weakness) and (Raafat Al-Hagan) and shined brilliantly in his performance of the character of Mohsen Mumtaz.
Among his most famous plays are “A Man in the Castle” that was produced 30 years ago, “Al-Hilali” and “The Lover Minister”, and he held the position of captain of the actors for two consecutive terms, from 1997 to 2003.