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Moustapha Akkad
Born July 1, 1930
Aleppo, Syria
Died November 11, 2005 (aged 75)
Jordan
Occupation Film director
Years active 1976 - 2005

Moustapha Akkad (Arabic: مصطفى العقاد) (July 1, 1930November 11, 2005) was a Syrian-American film producer and director, best known for producing the series of Halloween films and directing Mohammad, Messenger of God and Lion of the Desert. is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aleppo (Arabic: ‎ [ħalab], ) is a city in northern Syria, capital of the Aleppo Governorate; the Governate extends around the city for over 16,000 km² and has a population of 4,393,000, making it the largest Governate in Syria (followed by Damascus). ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... The year 1976 in film involved some significant events. ... The year 2005 in film involved some significant events. ... Arabic redirects here. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... The title card seen in the original Halloween film. ... Mohammad, Messenger of God (retitled The Message for U.S. release) is a 1977 film directed by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. ... Lion of the Desert is a 1981 historical film depicting real events, starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar fighting Mussolinis army during World War II. It was directed by Moustapha Akkad. ...

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Early life and career

Akkad was born in Aleppo, Syria. In 1935, his father, then a customs officer, gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran before he left for the United States to study film direction and production at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Akkad spent a further three years studying for a Master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC), where he met the legendary director Sam Peckinpah. Peckinpah became Akkad's mentor in Hollywood and hired him as a consultant for a film about the Algerian revolution that never made it to the big screen, but he continued to encourage him until he found a job as a producer at CBS. Aleppo (Arabic: ‎ [ħalab], ) is a city in northern Syria, capital of the Aleppo Governorate; the Governate extends around the city for over 16,000 km² and has a population of 4,393,000, making it the largest Governate in Syria (followed by Damascus). ... A customs officer is generally a law enforcement officer working to enforce customs laws, with duties such as detecting and confiscating contraband, making sure that import duties are paid, and preventing those without legal authorization to do so from entering the jurisdiction. ... The Quran (Arabic al-qurʾān أَلْقُرآن; also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university situated in the neighborhood of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... A masters degree is a postgraduate academic degree awarded after the completion of an academic program of one to six years in duration. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ... David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director who achieved iconic status following the release of his 1969 Western epic The Wild Bunch. ... The Algerian War of Independence (1954–62) was a period of guerrilla strikes, maquis fighting, terrorism against civilians on both sides, and riots between the French army and colonists in Algeria and the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) and other pro-independence Algerians. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


In 1976, he produced and directed Mohammad, Messenger of God (released as The Message in 1977 in the United States), starring Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas. Akkad faced resistance from Hollywood to making a film about the origins of Islam and had to go outside the United States to raise the production money for the film. The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... For other people named Anthony Quinn see Anthony Quinn (disambiguation) Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001) was a two-time Academy Award-winning Mexican/American actor, as well as a painter and writer. ... Irene Papas (Greek Ειρήνη Παππά, born September 3, 1926 in Corinth) is a Greek-born actress who has starred in over seventy films in a career spanning more than fifty years. ... For people named Islam, see Islam (name). ...


While creating Muhammad, Messenger of God, he consulted Islamic clerics and tried to be respectful toward Islam and its views on portraying Muhammad. He saw the film as a way to bridge the gap between the Western and Islamic world, stating in a 1976 interview: Muhammad in a new genre of Islamic calligraphy started in the 17th century by Hafiz Osman. ...

I did the film because it is a personal thing for me. Besides its production values as a film, it has its story, its intrigue, its drama. Beside all this I think there was something personal, being Muslim myself who lived in the west I felt that it was my obligation my duty to tell the truth about Islam. It is a religion that has a 700 million following, yet it's so little known about it which surprised me. I thought I should tell the story that will bring this bridge, this gap to the west.

In 1978, he helped make low-budget film history when he produced Halloween. Akkad became best known for his key involvement in the first eight Halloween movies, as an executive producer (the only producer to participate in all of these films), Akkad also later owned the long-running franchise that spawned seven further variations on the original theme (the most recent being Halloween: Resurrection in 2002). The series was highly profitable, although it was only the first film that became iconic. Halloween (film) redirects here. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... The primary definition of Executive Producer is the person who brings the money together for a motion picture or television production. ...


In 1980 he directed his next big project, Lion of the Desert, in which Quinn and Irene Papas were joined by Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, and John Gielgud. It was about the real-life Bedouin leader Omar Mukhtar (Quinn), who fought Mussolini's Italian troops in the deserts of Libya. The movie is now critically acclaimed, after initially receiving negative publicity in the West for being partially funded by Libya's Muammar al-Gaddafi, who invested $35 million in the movie. This negative publicity may have been the cause of its relatively poor performance at the box office. Lion of the Desert is a 1981 historical film depicting real events, starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar fighting Mussolinis army during World War II. It was directed by Moustapha Akkad. ... Robert Oliver Reed (February 13, 1938 – May 2, 1999) was an English actor known for his macho image on and off screen. ... Rod Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American Academy Award-winning actor best known for his intense performances in such films as In the Heat of the Night, On the Waterfront and Doctor Zhivago. ... Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH (14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000), known as Sir John Gielgud, was an English theatre and film actor particularly known for his warm expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to a silver trumpet muffled in silk. ... A Bedouin man in Sinai Peninsula The Bedouin, (from the Arabic (), pl. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Benito Mussolini created a fascist state through the use of propaganda, total control of the media and disassembly of the working democratic government. ... Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi1 (Arabic:   ) (born c. ...


In the United Kingdom Akkad once tried to buy Pinewood Studios from the Rank Organisation and also had a studio at Twickenham. He was in the process of producing a $80 million movie featuring Sean Connery about Saladin and the Crusades, for which he already had the script, that would be filmed in Jordan. Speaking of the film, he said: The gatehouse at Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Twickenham is a suburb in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, south west London. ... Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born August 25, 1930) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, and BAFTA Award-winning Scottish actor and producer who is perhaps best known as the first actor to portray James Bond in cinema, starring in seven Bond films. ... Saladin, properly known as Salah al-DÄ«n Yusuf ibn Ayyub (Arabic: , Kurdish: ) (c. ... This article is about the medieval crusades. ...

...Saladin exactly portrays Islam. Right now, Islam is portrayed as a terrorist religion. Because a few terrorists are Muslims, the whole religion has that image. If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the Crusades. But you can't blame Christianity because a few adventurers did this. That's my message.

Topics in Christianity Preaching Prayer Ecumenism Relation to other religions Movements Music Liturgy Calendar Symbols Art Criticism Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...

Death

In a tragic twist of fate, Akkad, and his 34-year-old daughter Rima Akkad Monla, were killed in the 2005 Amman bombings. They were both in the lobby at the Grand Hyatt. His daughter died instantly, and Akkad died of his injuries two days later in a hospital. Akkad is survived by three sons. Amman, the capital city of Jordan. ... Hyatt is a hotel chain brand that is owned by Global Hyatt Corporation. ...


Sons include Tarek (his oldest) and Malek, who helped produce most of the Halloween movies.


Filmography

Moustapha Akkad was the executive producer of the Halloween films and producer of the rest of the following films:

Mohammad, Messenger of God (retitled The Message for U.S. release) is a 1977 film directed by Moustapha Akkad, chronicling the life and times of the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... Lion of the Desert is a 1981 historical film depicting real events, starring Anthony Quinn as Libyan tribal leader Omar Mukhtar fighting Mussolinis army during World War II. It was directed by Moustapha Akkad. ... For other uses, see Halloween II (disambiguation). ... Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a horror film released in 1982. ... A 1986 comedy by Moustapha Akkad. ... Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is another sequel to the hugely popular horror film, Halloween. ...

External links

  • Moustapha Akkad at the Internet Movie Database
  • Aljazeera. Firas Al-Atraqchi. An Arab American director's legacy
  • Juan Cole. The Strange Death of Moustapha Akkad
  • The Telegraph. Moustapha Akkad
Persondata
NAME Akkad, Moustapha
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Film director
DATE OF BIRTH July 1, 1930
PLACE OF BIRTH Aleppo Flag of Syria Syria
DATE OF DEATH November 11, 2005
PLACE OF DEATH Flag of Jordan Jordan
For the in-memory database management system, see In-memory database. ... Halloween (film) redirects here. ... For other uses, see Halloween II (disambiguation). ... Halloween III: Season of the Witch is a horror film released in 1982. ... Halloween is a reimagining of the 1978 film of the same name. ... Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. ... Dr. Samuel J. Loomis (1919 - 1995) is a fictional character in the Halloween film series. ... Laurie Strode (1961-2002) is a fictional character in the Halloween horror film series, portrayed by actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Scout Taylor-Compton. ... Jamie Lloyd (1980-1995) is a fictional character in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995). ... The following are fictional characters in the American Halloween film series. ... For other persons named John Carpenter, see John Carpenter (disambiguation). ... Debra Hill (November 10, 1950–March 7, 2005) was an American screenwriter and film producer who co-wrote the horror movie Halloween. ... Rick Rosenthal (born June 15, 1949, in New York, New York) is an American film director known for his work in horror films. ... Irwin Yablans (born July 25, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York) is an independent film producer and distributor known for his work in the horror film industry. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Several comic books published have been published to tie in with the Halloween film series. ... The Halloween series of films has been adapted into a series of novels. ... Halloween is a video game for the Atari 2600, released in October of 1983. ... The Thorn mark - shown for the first time on Michael Myers wrist. ... Haddonfield, Illinois is a fictional city located in Livingston County, Illinois and is the principal setting for the Halloween motion picture saga (Except for Halloween III: Season of the Witch and (although mentioned) Halloween H20: 20 Years Later). ... Smiths Grove - Warren County Sanitarium is a fictional Illinois state hospital and psychiatric care facility set in real-life Warren County, Illinois. ... Director Herbert Brenon with actress Alla Nazimova on the set of War Brides, 1916 A director is a person who directs the making of a film. ... is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aleppo (Arabic: ‎ [ħalab], ) is a city in northern Syria, capital of the Aleppo Governorate; the Governate extends around the city for over 16,000 km² and has a population of 4,393,000, making it the largest Governate in Syria (followed by Damascus). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Syria. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Jordan. ...

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Syrian-American filmmaker Moustapha Akkad, arguably the best-known and most beloved filmmaker in the Arab and Islamic worlds, was struck down along with his daughter, Rima Akkad Monla.
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