He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Cairo University. Since then he has appeared in over 100 movies and 10 plays. He is probably the most famous actor in Egypt He has received critical and popular praise throughout his career. His roles have displayed a wide range of humour including slapstick, farce, and even the occasional double entendre. His characters tend to be down on their luck rising above powerful outside pressures. This has proved an extremely resilient type in Egypt.
In January 2000, the United Nations appointed him as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. Since then, he has worked tirelessly for the cause of refugees. He has been cast several times by the producer Emad Adeeb in movies like Morgan Ahmed Morgan and Hassan and Marcus.
In 2005, he starred in Sifaara fil'Aimara (Embassy in the Building), playing a Cairene everyman inconvenienced when the Embassy of Israel moves into his apartment building.
In 2006, he appeared as one of the many stars of The Yacoubian Building, a film reputed to be the highest-budgeted in Egyptian cinema and adapted from the novel of the same name. The story is a sharp look at contemporary Egyptian life through the prism of a faded downtown Cairo apartment building. Emam portrays an aging roué whose misadventures form a central strand of the film's complex narrative.
In 2011, Adel Emam starred in an ad campaign for Vodafone Egypt titled 'Kowetna' (Our Power).
Adel Emam is married and has three children, the young director Rami Imam, Sarah Emam, and Mohamed Imam who also starred in the movie The Yacoubian Building as Taha Shazli. He is the brother of Esam Imam and Iman Imam. His brother-in-law is the late actor Mustafa Metwalli. Adel Emam stated on a talk show with host Hala Sarhan that Amin Shalaby and the late Younes Shalaby as well as Saeed Saleh were his best friends since university. He is also an important figure in the Arab community largely because of the political roles he took on in many of his films and plays. These roles, whether he intended it or not, often put him in a critical position vis-à-vis the president or the government.
Year Film Name Translation Role
2010 Zahaymar Alzheimer's Mahmoud
2009 Bobbos Bobbos Mohsen Hendawi
2008 Hassan w Morqos Hassan and Marcus Paulus / Hassan
2007 Morgaan Ahmed Morgaan Morgaan Ahmed Morgaan Morgaan
2006 Emaret Yaqubian The Yacoubian Building Zakki
2005 Al-Sefara Fil-Emara The Embassy in the Building Shereef
2004 Arees Menn Gehha Amneya A Security Service Groom Khattaab
2003 Al-Tagroba Al-Danemarkeya The Danish Experience Qadri
2002 Ameer Al-Zalaam Prince of Darkness Saeed Al-Masri
2000 Bekheet Wa Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet and Adeela 3: Hello America Bekheet
1999 El-Wad Mahroos Betaa El-Wazeer Mahroos; The Minister's Guy Mahroos
1998 Ressala Ila Al-Wali A Message to the Governor Harfoosh
1997 Bekheet Wa Adeela 2: El-Gardal wel-Kanaka Bekheet and Adeela 2: The Pail and the Coffeepot Bekheet
1996 Al-Nom fil-Assal Sleeping in the Honey Colonel Magdi
1995 Bekheet Wa Adeela Bekheet and Adeela Bekheet
1995 Toyoor Al-Zalaam Birds of Darkness Fathy Nofal
1994 Al-Erhabi The Terrorist Ali
1992 El Erhab Wal Kabab Terrorism and Kebab Ahmed
1987 Al-Nemr wal-Ontha The Tiger and the Female
1983 Al-Motasawel The Beggar Hasanin
Ana Wa Howa Wa Heya (1964)
Dhat Al-Bijama Al-Hamraa (1967)
Ana Feen W Enti Feen (1970)
Madrast Al-Moshagebeen (1973)
Gharameyat Afifi (1975)
Shahed Ma Shafsh Haga (1975)
Al-Wad Sayed Al-Shaghal (1993)
Body Guard (1999)
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5 most recent filmsThe Yacoubian Building - 3.5 stars
5 highest-rated filmsThe Yacoubian Building - 3.5 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsThe Yacoubian Building - 3.5 stars
Most frequent co-starsAhmed Bedir - 1 times - show films
Khaled Saleh - 1 times - show films
Youssra - 1 times - show films
Nour El-Sherif - 1 times - show films
Khaled El Sawy - 1 times - show films
Most frequent directorsMarwan Hamed - 1 times - show films