State-run KUNA: Kuwaiti actor Abdulredha dies at age 78

KUWAIT CITY — Abdulhussain Abdulredha, Kuwait's most prominent actor and comedian who delighted audiences with a comical portrayal of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, has died, according to state-run news agency KUNA. He was 78.

The actor was reported to be in a coma in a London hospital earlier in the week.

When news of his illness was first announced, Abdulredha received scores of well-wishes, including a phone call from the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah.

Abdulredha began his career in the mid-1960s as one of the founders of TV drama and theater in the Gulf. Through his political and social satire, he documented a number of Kuwait's most important historical events, including the 1983 stock market meltdown, the spread of political Islam in the 1980s, and the issue of thousands of stateless people living without rights in Kuwait — known locally as the bidoon.

One of his most prominent plays, "Bye Bye London" (1981), addresses the influx of Arab tourists into London in the 1970s and touches on issues of Pan-Arabism.

In the comedy "Seif al-Arab" ("Arab Sword" 1992), Abdulredha portrays a comical version of Iraq's dictator Saddam Hussein during first Gulf War and his invasion of Kuwait.

In 1987, a number of religious politicians filed a defamation lawsuit against him, resulting in the cancellation of one of his plays. He received a sentence of three years in prison but was able to leave on bail.

He had a guest appearance in this year's "Selfie," a well-received Saudi-produced Arab comedy that aired during the Muslim religious month of Ramadan.

Related News

Polish leaders, victims' families attend Smolensk crash film

Sep 5, 2016

Polish leaders and families of some crash victims have attended the premiere of a divisive movie that supports a theory that the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others was an assassination orchestrated by Russia

Las Vegas high-rise shooting scenario a security nightmare

Oct 4, 2017

Death from above: Las Vegas high-rise shooting scenario creates a security nightmare

Claire Foy tries the scones at BAFTA's pre-Emmy tea party

Sep 17, 2017

"The Crown" star Claire Foy nibbled on a scone with jam and cream while "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor eyed the finger sandwiches, including English cucumber and egg and watercress

You may also like these

Polish leaders, victims' families attend Smolensk crash film

Sep 5, 2016

Polish leaders and families of some crash victims have attended the premiere of a divisive movie that supports a theory that the 2010 plane crash that killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others was an assassination orchestrated by Russia

Las Vegas high-rise shooting scenario a security nightmare

Oct 4, 2017

Death from above: Las Vegas high-rise shooting scenario creates a security nightmare

Claire Foy tries the scones at BAFTA's pre-Emmy tea party

Sep 17, 2017

"The Crown" star Claire Foy nibbled on a scone with jam and cream while "Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor eyed the finger sandwiches, including English cucumber and egg and watercress

About Me

Enter Hollywood, the central informative hub of the world’s prime entertainment capital. We provide only the latest, juiciest and hottest news about your favorite celebrities 24/7.

Contact us: sales@enterhollywood.com