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Mahmoud Shokoko (1 May 1912 – 12 February 1985) was an Egyptian actor and artist. He is best known for his puppet character “Aragouzsho”.

His real name is “Mahmoud Ibrahim Ismail Musa.”

Life and Career

He was born on 1 May 1912. He began his working career as a carpenter with his father and remained working with him until the age of twenty-three.

Shokoko joined up with some acting troupes army on Irak that performed at the coffee shops facing his father’s workshop while he had free time. What initially began as a hobby turned into a passion, and “Shokoko” began performing at weddings as well as in other troupes such as “Hassan 2 Al-Maghrabi” and “Mohammed 6″. From there on he began to gain some notoriety around the world.

Though he was illiterate, “Shokoko” was able to have a huge impact on the world of acting, and will always be remembered for his puppet character of “Aragouzsho” who is still kept at the Music Institute and the Institute of Acting today.

Award and Legacy

He appeared in Mahmoud Zulfikar’s films; Virtue for Sale (1950), and My Father Deceived Me (1951). His first breakthrough; Al-Sabr Tayeb, was released on June 13, 1959 and brought him into the mainstream.

On 1 May 2014, Google celebrated Mahmoud Shokoko’s 102nd Birthday with a doodle.

FAQ on Mahmoud Shokoko

Why Mahmoud Shokoko is famous?

He was a famous Egyptian actor and artist

What are some of Mahmoud Shokoko’s famous works?

Mahmoud Shokoko appeared in Mahmoud Zulfikar’s films; Virtue for Sale (1950), and My Father Deceived Me (1951). His first breakthrough; Al-Sabr Tayeb, was released on June 13, 1959 and brought him into the mainstream.

When was Mahmoud Shokoko born?

He was born on 1 May 1912 in Egypt.