Much-loved Kuwaiti ac­tor Abdulredha dies

Amir deeply dis­tressed

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Kuwaiti ac­tor, play­wright and co­me­dian Ab­dul­hus­sein Abdulredha has died at the age of 78 af­ter a ca­reer span­ning decades that made him a house­hold name across the Gulf. State news agency KUNA said Abdulredha, who had heart surgery in 2015, died of nat­u­ral causes on Fri­day in London where he had been in an in­ten­sive care unit for two days.

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ex­pressed deep dis­tress and grief at demise of Abdulredha. Kuwait has lost a great iconic per­son­al­ity in the field of the­atri­cal art and a pi­o­neer and celebrity in the Kuwaiti, Arab and Gulf the­aters, the Amir stated on the somber oc­ca­sion.

He re­called the artis­tic mes­sage of the stal­wart artist and his dra­matic and cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions over 40 years, namely dra­matic and comedic works that will con­tinue to be ap­plauded and ad­mired and would re­main a school for those who would fol­low his steps with re­gards to his loy­alty to the home­land and in­ter­ac­tion with its causes. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad ex­pressed admiration for Abdulredha’s great role in pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing Kuwaiti drama. He prayed for the de­ceased’s soul and ex­pressed so­lace for his be­reaved fam­ily and fans.


The pass­ing away of ac­tor Ab­dul­hus­sein Abdulredha is a great loss to the artis­tic and the­atri­cal move­ment in Kuwait, the Gulf and Arab re­gion, Na­tional Coun­cil of Cul­ture Arts and Lit­er­a­ture (NCCAL) Gen­eral Sec­re­tariat said in a state­ment yes­ter­day. The de­ceased was a re­mark­able model ex­am­ple as a com­mit­ted and re­spected ac­tor who ded­i­cated his life for serv­ing the na­tional is­sues of his country and peo­ple, de­spite his long jour­ney in strug­gling with his ill­ness through­out var­i­ous stages of his life.

He greatly contributed to de­vel­op­ing the artis­tic move­ment in Kuwait and the Gulf re­gion along with many com­pan­ions in the do­main, it added. He was known for his com­edy works, pre­sented var­i­ous types of arts, namely act­ing, singing, play­writ­ing, artis­tic pro­duc­tion in the­atre, TV and ra­dio.

That made him worth of the ti­tle “the iconic fig­ure of Kuwait and Gulf arts”, it said. Abdulredha contributed to es­tab­lish­ing many the­atri­cal groups since the early be­gin­ning of the artis­tic move­ment in Kuwait back in 1960s of the last cen­tury-like the na­tional the­ater and the Arab the­atre. He also founded “Funoon’ TV chan­nel, it added. The works of the de­ceased of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive re­flec­tion of the so­cial life in Kuwait with all of its eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal de­tails, the state­ment said.

He shed light with dis­tin­guished artis­tic smart­ness on im­por­tant events in the his­tory of Kuwait, and con­veyed the feel­ings of the Kuwaiti peo­ple with ex­treme trans­parency, it said. Out of NCCAL’s great recog­ni­tion to the late ac­tor, it named Al-Salmiya The­atre af­ter his name be­fore he passed away, and honored him in the open­ing cer­e­mony of “Kuwait Cap­i­tal of Is­lamic Cul­ture 2016” cel­e­bra­tion, it said. NCCAL ex­pressed its deep­est sor­row for los­ing one of the most re­mark­able pil­lars of Kuwait artis­tic move­ment, of­fer­ing its con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the de­ceased and the Kuwaiti and Arab artists. — KUNA

Ab­dul­hus­sein Abdulredha

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