Amr Waked

Amr Waked (Arabic: عمرو واكد; born 1972) is an Egyptian film, television, and stage actor, known for his roles portraying Middle Eastern and Mediterranean characters. He is best known to international audiences and in Hollywood as the terrorist leader in the 2005 film Syriana (2005). He also played the role of Rafik in Steven Soderbergh's movie Contagion and Yemeni Sheikh Muhammad in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Waked was born on August 7, 1972. He is a graduate of the American University in Cairo, and has performed in theatre from 1992 through 2002. He originally just moonlighted as an actor, and relied on his day job as a stock trader, before finally dedicating himself to a career as an actor. Waked joined the 2011 Egypt anti-government protests. Waked's first ever major role was in Ashab wallah business (2002), for which reviewers offered that he portrayed the role of "Gehad " so well that many viewers left the theater believing he was actually a Palestinian actor, rather than Egyptian.


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