Ahmed Benaissa, an Algerian actor with more than 120 movie credits to his name, has passed away. He was 78.
The veteran actor passed away on Friday after a long illness, as per the Algerian Ministry of Culture. His death came only hours before his most recent film Sons of Ramses premiered at Cannes Film Festival during a special screening for Critics’ Week.
“With great sadness and sorrow, the Minister of Culture and Arts, Dr. Sourieh Mologi, received the news of the death of the deceased actor and theater director Ahmed bin Issa, at the age of 78 years, due to health ailment,” the Ministry of Culture shared in a statement on Facebook.
“With this, the Algerian artistic arena loses one of its notable figures, and from the void of art improvises again a knight of its knights, who leaves behind a theatrical and cinematic artistic legacy,” Dr. Mologi added. “He is the owner of many theatrical works that left their mark in the world of the father of arts, and a rich cinematic credit.”