Adel Muhammad Imam Muhammad Bukhariny, known by his stage name Adel Imam, (born May 17, 1940 – ) is an Egyptian film, television and stage actor. Regarded as one of the most popular actors in Egypt and the Arab world, he was famous for playing comedic roles that mixed with political and romantic films and social themes. Early in his rise, he played the lead role in more serious film works and joined comedy to romance, such as My Woman, General Manager (1966), The Dignity of My Wife (1967), and Imp. My Times (1968). Adel Imam began his artistic career in the early 1960s and has so far presented 126 films, 16 series, 11 plays and a radio series with singer Abdel Halim Hafez, titled Please Don’t Understand Me Quickly (1973).
Imam holds a BA in Agriculture from Cairo University. Adel Imam had begun his artistic life on the university stage, and embarked on film work from there. With her entry into the world of cinema, Emam starred in many top-grossing films in the history of Egyptian cinema, as her films in the 1980s and 1990s were the highest-grossing films of the cinema at the time, which it made him superior to the rest of the actors. His contributions to the film and theater industry have been addressing social and political issues in the Arab world; This earned him worldwide fame and made him one of the most influential Arab public figures in the 1980s and 1990s. Some of his film and television works are audacious and cause uproar and controversy for his discussion of important social, political and religious issues such as the Arab crises with Israel and Denmark.
He has become a cultural icon in the history of modern Egypt, as his films have gained large followings, inspiring the release of many of his memes on the internet and as drawings in notebooks, and his phrases have become part of popular culture in the region. However, Adel Imam is considered to be a controversial actor, as he has gained fame and a fan base while at the same time making enemies in the artistic and popular circles. In January 2000, he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.