Anwar Wagdi

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Anwar Wagdi
Born Anwar Yehia Wagdy El-Fattal
(1904-10-11)October 11, 1904
Cairo, Egypt
Died May 14, 1955(1955-05-14) (aged 50)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actor, director, producer
Years active 1922–1955
Spouse(s) Elham Hussein

Leila Mourad (1947-1954)

Leila Fawzy

Anwar Wagdy (Arabic: أنور وجدى‎‎  pronounced [ˈʔɑnwɑɾ ˈwæɡdi]) (11 October 1904 - 14 May 1955) was an Egyptian[1][2][3] actor, writer, director and producer.


Anwar was born in the Cairo district of El Daher, Cairo. He was of Syrian descent.[4] His father, Yehia Wagdy El-Fattal, immigrated to Egypt from Syria with his family in the 19th century for economic reasons.[citation needed] Anwar's Egyptian mother, Muhiba El-Rikaby, was from Cairo.[citation needed] Anwar grew up very poor and was known for his extraordinary ambition and desire to amass wealth. Anwar Wagdy was married to Egyptian actresses Elham Hussein, Leila Mourad (three times), and Leila Fawzy. He died at 51 in Sweden while seeking treatment for polycystic kidney disease.[5]


Anwar Wagdy began his acting career as an extra in 1922 in the Youssef Wahbi Theatre Company's production of Julius Caesar. He quickly leaped to stardom and played leading roles in and/or directed 92 Egyptian films between the 1932 and 1955.[6] He achieved particular success partnering with his wife, Egyptian legend Leila Mourad.

Youssef Wahbi directed his first film: "Defense" in 1934 and called "Anwar Wagdy" to take part in this film with him. After the failure of a film caused some financial problems for Youssef Wahbi and producer, which resulted in Anwar to join the National Force Theater, which was founded in 1935. Anwar Wagdi found that cinema is more suited to his talent and more in tune with its aspirations because of its popularity and its ability to reach a wider audience.

Throughout that period, he made "Wings of the Desert", in 1939.[7] Anwar Wagdy became a star, as directors of the exploitation of its looks handsome and soft features in the provision of the roles of the rich aristocrat indifferent to any symbol of evil. And grandfather established his production company "films Nations", and produced, directed and acted in a number of films together with his wife Laila Murad, whom he married while filming the first: "The following are the poor girl."


  • Agnihat el sahara (1939)
  • El warsha (1941)
  • Leila fil zalam (1944)
  • Kedb fi kedb (1944)
  • Gharam wa intiqam (1944)
  • Tahia el rajala (1945)
  • Ragaa (1945)
  • Madinat el ghajar (1945)
  • Lailat el jumaa (1945)
  • Lailat el haz (1945)
  • Kubla fi Lubnan (1945)
  • Kataltu waladi (1945)
  • El-qalb louh wahid (1945)
  • El hayat kefah (1945)
  • Bayn narayn (1945)
  • Aheb el baladi (1945)
  • Sirr abi (1946)
  • Leila bint el fukara (1946)
  • El zalla el kabira (1946)
  • Aroussa lel ajar (1946)
  • Ard el Nil (1946)
  • Ana wa ibn ammi (1946)
  • Leila bint el agnia (1947)
  • Kalbi dalili (1947)
  • Fatmah (1947) .
  • Talak Suad hanem (1948)
  • El hawae wa el chabab (1948)
  • Ghazal Al Banat (1949) .
  • Shebbak habibi (1951)
  • El sabaa effendi (1951)
  • Amir el antikam (1951)
  • Raya wa Sekina (1953)
  • Dahab (1953)
  • Kuloub el naas (1954)
  • Khatafa mirati (1954)
  • El Wahsh(1954)
  • Arbah banat wa zabit (1954)
  • Leila bint el fukara (1946)
  • Leila bint el agnia (1947)
  • Kalbi dalili (1947)
  • Talak Suad hanem (1948)
  • Ghazal Al Banat (1949)
  • Yasmine (1951)
  • Lailet el henna (1951)
  • Katr el nada (1952)
  • Habib el ruh (1952)
  • Dahab (1953)
  • Bint el akaber (1953)
  • Arbah banat wa zabit (1954)


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  2. Prominent Egyptians - Egyptian Government State Information Service.
  3. Arab Movie Online Encyclopedia.
  4. Mustafa Darwish (1998). Dream makers on the Nile: a portrait of Egyptian cinema (Paperback ed.). Columbia University Press. p. 25. ISBN 977-424-429-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Al-Sharq Al-Al-Awsat Newspaper. 8 July 2008.
  6. Armes, Roy (2008-05-20). Dictionary of African Filmmakers. Indiana University Press. Page 129
  7. Released on 1 October 1939 (Arabic)