In his younger days, Abid Ali never considered acting as a part of his profession. He was more inclined towards painting and writing. He entered the Pakistani media industry sometime between 1968 and 1969, after he was spotted by Ata Shad. He gave an audition in Radio Pakistan and started working on the radio while continuing college education. When he moved to Lahore in 1973, he decided to take a try in Pakistan Television.
After several auditions, he finally got a role and gave his debut performance in Jhok Siyaal. He married Humaira Ali, but the couple eventually parted ways. He had three daughters with her, the most notable being Iman Ali, who is a very popular model in the Pakistani media today. Abid Ali debuted in directing in 2007, with Saheli. He has also worked in several films.