Legendary Egyptian stage and screen actor Fouad el-Mohandes would have turned 92 on Sept. 6 and his artistic legacy definitely lives on, with Google honoring him in a special doodle.
Although Mohandes died ten years ago, the immense work of his career – which spanned from the 1950s until the early 2000s – survives in the memories of generations of fans. Here are 4 facts about his life and career:
1. Mohandes was born in Cairo and the son of a linguist
His father, Zaki el-Mohandes, was the dean of the faculty of Dar Al Oloom and a member of the Arabic Language Academy of Egypt. From a young age, Fouad Mohandes took an interest in acting and was inspired by the plays of Naguib Al Rehani early on.
2. The first big break of his career was joining a radio show called "Sa'aa Leqalbak"
Popular comedy stars such as Abdel Moneim Madbouly, Mohamed Awad, Amin El-Heinedy and Khayria Ahmed were also part of the program.
3. He starred in dozens of plays, television shows and films during the course of his career
Shwikar, Mohandes' wife, co-starred with him in many of his most popular films. Their films were comedy musicals and were released in the 1960s and 1970s.
4. His role as "Mr. X" is perhaps his most famous
Mohandes played this role twice in "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" and "The Return of the Most Dangerous Man in the World."