CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Adel Adham, an Egyptian actor known as the ``prince of evil'' for his portrayal of shady characters in more than 300 films, has died of heart failure. He was 68.

Adham, who came from an aristocratic family, died at a Cairo hospital on Wednesday, less than 10 days after his return from Paris where he was being treated, Egypt's Al-Akhbar newspaper reported.

Originally a cotton broker, he was attracted to movies through a friend who was a director. He started acting in 1964.

His elegance, deep voice and chiseled features made millions of Arab viewers admire his roles as crafty criminals.

He is survived by his wife.

No other details were immediately available.