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Mahmoud Abu Ghraib

Mahmoud Abu Ghraib

Sector : Media, Actors

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Jordan
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1923
  • Age: 99
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Mahmoud Abu Ghraib (1923-2004): A Jordanian actor of veteran Palestinian origin, born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1923 in the Manshiyya neighborhood. He was known as the pioneer of Bedouin soap operas and the sheikh of Jordanian artists throughout the Arab world. He was known as Abu Ghazi. He obtained Jordanian citizenship by a sublime royal will. He died and was buried in Amman in 2004 after nearly a hundred television and radio works. It was decided in early 2005 to change the name of the circular theater at the Royal Cultural Center to Mahmoud Abu Ghraib Theater in his honor.


his life

His father died when he was five years old, he entered the orphanage school and studied there, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib joined the school band and learned to play brass instruments. He made his first acting role in one of the annual school parties in the play Bidba. Mahmoud Abu Ghraib excelled in performing his role and won an appreciation award. Since then, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib has loved acting and theatrical art.


He moved between several schools in Palestine, completed his secondary education, and then obtained a London Polytechnic degree. From his love of art, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib joined the British army so that he could travel to Egypt and see the great artists.


Mahmoud Abu Ghraib participated in the Tripoli War, and married an Italian girl from the Luciano family, so that he could take her back to Italy and had a son with her. The war ended, and Mahmoud Abu Ghraib returned to Egypt, joined a band, and married an Egyptian girl. But she was not willing to go with him to Jaffa, so he divorced her.


He went to Lebanon and joined a theater group and married a Lebanese girl, but she was like her Egyptian predecessor, so he divorced her and then returned to his country of Jaffa, and the correspondence between him and his Italian son-in-law remained for a year. Then he married his maternal uncle's daughter and had his eldest son and daughter in Jaffa, after which they migrated to Gaza. There he fathered two sons and two daughters.


his works

The last message drama with Suhair Odeh

Wadha and Ibn Ajlan with Youssef Shaaban

Majid's time

Mahmoud Abu Ghraib founded a theater group in Gaza called “The Return Troupe.” The group presented many plays. He had also worked in the Postal Service because he was fluent in English, Italian and Hebrew. In 1967, the Zionist occupation army asked him and his band to make an entertainment play for the Israeli soldiers, but he refused, so he was forced to emigrate to Jordan. In the same year, he and a colleague from the theater group, Salah Abu Hanoud, who presented him to Hani Sanubar, who included him in the Jordanian Artists Association, met.


At the opening of Jordan Television in 1968, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib was the first person to stand in front of the camera and presented a sketch entitled “The Student and the Professor.” From here, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib began his television artistic career, through which he presented many series and films, including (The Mute and the Wooden Necklace, Bab Al-Amoud, and Fadak Ya). Palestine). Mahmoud Abu Ghraib joined the Jordanian Radio team and presented the first radio series in the Bedouin dialect.


The audio radio production turned into a visual production in a Bedouin television series entitled Wadha and Ibn Ajlan, followed by Bedouin series such as (Abu Aqab, Jawaher, and Ras Ghlais) and Mahmoud Abu Ghraib’s roles in several successful series.


In 1990, Mahmoud Abu Ghraib presented a television movie entitled (Sidi Rabah), which participated in the Cairo Film Festival for Television and won second place after the movie Al-Masir. Mahmoud Abu Ghraib and the crew were honored with the Black Iris Award.




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