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11 December 2012 @ 11:53 pm
Handsome Arabic Actor Picspam  
For a request at insmallpackages, a selection of handsome Arabic actors!

First, when someone says "handsome Arab actor," my mind goes straight to the original:

Omar Sharif of Egypt, in a still from 'Lawrence of Arabia.' For me, he was the center of that whole movie. Peter who?

Next, an actor I hadn't heard of, but whose name comes up pretty near the top for Google Images. His eyes are amazing:

Alexander Uloom, of Iraq.

This next man is widely considered a hottie, probably just based on this picture alone:

Mrad Mouawad, of Lebanon.

This actor looks incredibly different in these two photos. The first is a handsome kid who looks like he'd also be a good friend, and the second looks like a softcore porn shot featuring Robert Downey Jr.:

Ahmed Ezz, of Egypt.

Now, if you're looking to cast an Arabic version of Superman, this guy is your Clark Kent. And also just very good-looking when he's being playful:

Ladies and gentlemen, Cenk Torun, of Turkey.

My daughter says I'm crazy for thinking this next guy is handsome, but she's 15, so what does she know? He looks much more down-to-earth when he smiles, but for fiercely dark good looks, let us not overlook this man:

Faran Tahir, a Pakistani-American actor (seen in 'Iron Man' and the 'Star Trek' reboot movies). The 'stans' are on the bubble for Arabic/not, but many of the people are Arabic.

The very young and older versions of this next man look a little different, but both are quite arresting:

Ahmed Al-Zabedy, of Kuwait. Some sites claim he is an actor, but mainly he's a really popular model.

And finally, two photos that make the same person look completely different. Both are terrific, but the second has me thinking of Omar Sharif again, for some reason.

Mehmet Gunsur, of Turkey.

I discovered just in time that

Oded Fehr is Israeli, so while Middle-Eastern he is not technically Arabic. Still handsome, though.

My husband was disappointed to discover that 'Arabic' does not include India, which means that his utter favorite (seriously, it goes beyond reason) is out:

Naveen Andrews, who is not Arabic.

And if we're going to go that route, I would of course add this incredibly handsome guy:

Sendhil Ramamurthy, also Indian and not Arabic, who pretty much embodies anyone's idea of an Indian prince.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this excursion through the desert sands, and that I've honored the topic to your satisfaction!

our roads may be golden, or broken, or lostelliemurasaki on December 12th, 2012 08:30 am (UTC)
Not my wish, but dayum.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: DominicSexyhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 08:32 am (UTC)
It was highly, um, relevant to my interests, obviously! *koff*
Skywalker-Winchester: boysanakin415 on December 12th, 2012 09:17 am (UTC)
Oded Fehr is so damn hot!!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:27 pm (UTC)
THANK you! He's got the same kind of native charisma/charm as Bruce Campbell, and just pure masculine good looks. Whoo!

Overlooked, I say. :D
Maz (or foxxy!): Santa Babiestuesdaeschild on December 12th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
I pretty much agree with all of these...Omar Sharif!! I'm from a generation that remembers him in his prime! Mmmmmm!!

I can see the attraction in Faran Tahir because bald can be beautiful...those eyes are definitely gorgeous!

Of the rest Mehmet Gunsur tops my list - in the second photo he reminds me of a swarthy, dark-eyed Chris O'Donnell. Probably just me; but Mehmet's a looker for sure!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: IronManhalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm from a generation that remembers him in his prime! Mmmmmm!!
Me too! Watching 'Lawrence of Arabia' with my mother all those years ago... I was shocked to later find out that Peter O'Toole was considered handsome. What, with Omar right there blasting him off the screen? Who would even notice O'Toole? :O

I can see the attraction in Faran Tahir because bald can be beautiful...those eyes are definitely gorgeous!
He's just got something, and though he's a little far north of this grouping, he looks as if his heritage drifted up there from the south. Between the eyes and the sharpness along the nose, he's more classically Arabic looking than a lot of guys I ran across on Google.

Mehmet had a lot of appeal to me, too. SO handsome, and in a really changeable way. Wow!
Maz (or foxxy!): Candlestuesdaeschild on December 17th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
I was shocked to later find out that Peter O'Toole was considered handsome. What, with Omar right there blasting him off the screen? Who would even notice O'Toole? :O

I'm with you on that!!
n3m3sis43n3m3sis43 on December 12th, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
O hai hotties. No, I didn't make all my Cliffton characters brown for any particular reason, why'd you ask? (Okay, you didn't. *drools*)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ha! I didn't notice that the Cliffton people were any particular color, but I can see why brown would appeal. Because really, this display is just the tip of the iceberg. Yowza!
Lose 10 Pounds of Ugly Fat...  Cut Off Your Head.n3m3sis42 on December 12th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yup, they are all various shades of brown but it's not particularly relevant until they find out about the genetic engineering thingy that's the real issue behind Brendan's rage issues. And they don't know about that yet, so what they look like isn't really discussed that much yet. :)
alien_writings: Sexy Showeralien_writings on December 12th, 2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
So much pretty! ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
Weeding out the guys who looked more European was really hard, but I tried to go for a more representational bunch. And wow--- all gorgeous, even the ones that are almost too pretty for me!
Ariss Tenoh: Phoneariss_tenoh on December 12th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
They're all handsome.

But Pakistan is not considered part of Arabia.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
I know-- I included the actor because both his appearance and his name point more toward an Arabic heritage than toward traditional Pakistani. I'd be surprised if his family hadn't migrated north to Pakistan at some time (before hopping over to the U.S.)

It was hard to find men who really looked Arabic, rather than Western, and he looked more Arabic than a lot of the men I passed over.

Hope you'll forgive my slipping him in. :)
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on December 12th, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
I hope you're not offended but I work in the Middle East and it's often amazing what misconceptions Westerners have about the land of "1001 nights" ^_~

This actor's first name is not Arabic, but his last name is.

Generally speaking, the nations who consider themselves and identify as Arabs would be the ones in the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant lands, and the North African countries that have borders on the Mediterranean Sea.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, no-- I'm hoping nobody thinking of "obviously Arabic" is offended!

It's a tricky area, because some people define that as "muslim" (which is much broader), or by older-world versions.

Looking at this map on Google, I personaly would not consider Eritrea or Somalia to be Arabic (they're more purely African to me), and yet I would say that the map is obviously missing Iran! Some other sources omit Iraq as well, which makes no sense to me.

I do tend to think of some of the Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the other 'stans' as having some Arabic peoples (the drift of Islam into other areas carries the heritage of its original people with it), but it gets unpredictable. India is definitely "out", but some of the other countries not so cut and dried.

Maybe I need a disclaimer for Mr. Tahir...
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on December 12th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
The problem is that Middle Easterners define themselves first by their race/country and then by religion. There are many Arabs who are Christians and they're easily offended when others presume they must be Muslims because they are Arabs.

Iran, and most Iranians, consider themselves to be "Persians" and not Arab. Real Arabs used to call them "Ajam" which is another word for foreigner and generally meant those from Iran. Iraq though is considered to be part of the Arab world.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc were under the rule of the Islamic Khalifate and when they entered Islam the people adopted Arab/Muslim names in order to avoid paying foreigner taxes.

Sorry! This is turning into a history discussion^^ My minor was in Islamic/Arab history and I often get carried away.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
You clearly know far more than I do! Even the issue of whether Irani/Iraqi people consider themselves Arabic (vs. how the Western World sees them) is something not often talked about, though if I recall, both countries consider Arabs to be barbaric (vs. the more elevated Persians), so I can see why they would distance themselves.

My own heritage is Welsh, so when people assume that the Irish/Scottish/Welsh are all the same, that tends to trigger the same reaction in me. :D They're all Celtic, but apart from that... not even the same language. Welsh isn't even similar to the Gaelic languages.
Ariss Tenoh: Phoneariss_tenoh on December 12th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
There were many wars and skirmishes between all three. Iran/Iraq in the past regarded Arabs/Arab tribes as barbarians. Iran looked down on both due to its long history of civilization. Iraq/Arabs look down on Persians/Iran as being "too effeminate" and "weak". While both Arabs/Persians viewed Iraq as being too "bloodthirsty" since they have a bad reputation for killing their kings/leaders. The Middle East is like a frayed tapestry made by a blind weaver^^

Ugh, totally understand your point there.It's annoying when everything gets lumped together out of ignorance or sheer laziness.

Edited at 2012-12-12 08:51 pm (UTC)
cindy: this magnificencetsuki_no_bara on December 12th, 2012 06:14 pm (UTC)
oded fehr, oh mommy. and y'know, for all that he was a hottie in his younger years, omar sharif aged really well too. he just got more and more distinguished-looking.

which is not to say that the rest of these guys are not extensively easy on the eyes, because they so are.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 06:39 pm (UTC)
:D That's how I feel about Oded Fehr. His good looks are representative of the Middle East, more than a lot of people whose pictures came up via Google (lots of round-faced vagueness that while good-looking did not particularly say "Arabic").

It was hard to find a lot of younger pics of Omar (who was just outright gorgeous), but you're right about how he aged. Handsome to the end, much like Gregory Peck.

This is quite a group of handsome guys, isn't it? Whoo! Clearly, I enjoyed this little project!
phyllis2779phyllis2779 on December 12th, 2012 08:28 pm (UTC)
A very interesting list of some exceptionally good-looking gentlemen. I would add regarding Oded Fehr that there are Israeli Arabs, people whose ancestry is Arabic but who are Israeli citizens. So it is possible that Mr. Fehr has Arabic ancestry. Depending on how you identify folks, some of the Jewish Israelis could be considered Arabic since they migrated to Israel from Arab countries. The mid-east -- so complex. So I would support however you want to classify those on your list because they are all quite gorgeous.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
I would guess that Oded Fehr might have Arabic ancestry, but his family is definitely Jewish, and that is an incredibly touchy area, so Semitic yes, Arabic... I'm not going to touch that issue!

These are just amazingly gorgeous men, aren't they? Other than Omar Sharif, Tahir, and all the men who aren't Arabic, they are all new to me. And boy, did I enjoy doing the research!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 12th, 2012 11:36 pm (UTC)
Sendhil and Naveen are English.

But for actors who are Indians from India, I'd be happy to volunteer a list. Might take a while though and the research!, well, might take a while. that's a whole lotta eye candy in Bollywood
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 13th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
They're English by birth, but the heritage of their appearance is Indian. And what damn fine heritage it is!

But since they're not Arabic, they're not "officially" on this list. Except that HSH's notion that Naveen is one of the most handsome men ever leads me to choose another from the same background whom I think is even moreso.

You must miss thelana as much as I do-- I'd forgotten that you shared a love of Bollywood!

And I tell you, it's never a bad time to assemble a list of man candy. For any reason. ;)
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on December 14th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
He's not my type, but Ahmed Al-Zabedy is breathtakingly beautiful, especially in the first picture.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 14th, 2012 01:32 am (UTC)
It's the eyes, isn't it? He has amazing coloring.

He's not my type either, but he's a ton of other people's typ!
Sylvia: Gasp!rheasilvia on December 15th, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, they are gorgeous! Thank you so much - and sorry that I'm late replying; I'm the original wisher, but I've been kinda swamped by RL.

This is such a wonderfully lovely picspam! :-) Some random comments:

Omar Sharif! Heee. My mother used to be all about him. *g* He's not my type, but he does smoulder so magnificently.

Wow, Alexander Uloom has incredible eyes - and the rest is not too shabby, either. ;-)

That one pic of Mehmet Gunsur reminds me of Omar Sharif, too, although they really look nothing alike. I think it's just the patented, slightly scowly smoulder and the beard, in combination. *g*

I agree with your husband that Naveen Andrews is smokin', by the way. Arabic or not. :-) Good taste, that man. And Sendhil Ramamurthy is indeed incredibly handsome and princely!

I think my favorite is Ahmed Al-Zabedy... although it's really difficult to choose. Fortunately, I don't have to! :-)

Thank you so much for this!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Xmas Penguinhalfshellvenus on December 18th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you enjoyed this! It was fun putting it together, and I discovered quite a few guys I'd never heard of.

I think you're right about the smolder+beard being why Mehmet looks like Omar in that picture. I couldn't figure it out, because they aren't that similar in appearance, but that angle and that pose... that sex appeal is familiar!

Al-Zabedy has such wonderfully insolent eyes, and he's really distinctive-looking. I can see why he's successful as a model!

I hope the variety pleased you, and this was a wonderful idea for a picspam. I think several other people besides the two of us benefitted from it. :D

Happy Holidays!