Laham, or formerly known as "Ghawar Al-Toushi," was
raised up in Damascus, Syria. He went to Damascus
University to seek a degree in Chemistry. He obtained
his degree in the early 1950s, and started his career
as an actor, which was soon developed to become a
professional comedian. Duraid, a married man with
children, was nominated the ambassador of UNICEF in
the middle east region in 1998. Presently he holds
a rank of a minister in Syria. Although he's over
65, he still maintains his unique touches in his recent
Duraid is well
known for his acts under the nickname Ghawar Al-Toushi.
This nickname has a funny story: he used to act under
other nicknames until he met a person with the name
Ghawar. He then added Al-Toushi (from tousheh - quarrel
in Syrian) to the end of the name to form Ghawar Al-Tousheh.
He starred in many movies, TV series, plays, etc.
He's a legendary person because he was contemporary
to two generations: the old generation who found the
basis of the Syrian Film and TV industry like Nihad
Qala'i, and the new generation like Yaser Al-Azmeh
and many others.
he was featured in Hammam Al-Hana and Sah Al-noom,
two of the funniest Arabic TV series. Since then,
he co-starred many movies in Syria and Egypt before
he moved to act on stage. He cooperated with Mohammed
Al-Maghoot to produce some of the most popular plays
in the Arab world. Such plays include: Lakasak Ya
Watan, Shaqae'k Al-No'man, Ghorbeh, and Daye't Teshreen,
all of which where played in major Arab capitals and,
in some cases, some international cities like London.
many, many roles in different movies, and shows. However,
most of his shows (if not all of them) represent the
social situation of the typical Syrian person, deal
with undergo political crisis in the area, and address
the general public in the community. These become
obvious when we look at one of his plays, or one of
his movies. It's even seldom to see him acting without
referring to such things.
is always thought to be an actor, but in fact he's
even a director and writer. For instance, he co-wrote,
acted and directed Al-Hanafeh, a movie that deals
with the social life in Syria.
Duraid's ability to act started to shrink, mainly
because of his advanced age (in his 60s). He, however,
made a couple of TV series like Al-Doghri (1990),
Abo Al-hana (1996), and the most recent one, Awdat
Ghawar (return of Ghawar). These shows weren't the
best, but they generated a lot of money from broadcasting
on different TV channels. Nevertheless, Duraid Laham's
a gifted person with a sparkling talent. Considering
all his accomplishments, he is, indeed, the best Syrian
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