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Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif

  • Born on
    • April 10th, 1932
  • Died on
    • July 10th, 2015
Omar Sharif, the Franco-Arabic actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire. Of Lebanese and Syrian extraction, the young Michel was raised a Roman Catholic. He was educated at Victoria College in Alexandria and took a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University with a major. Afterward graduating from university, he entered the family lumber business. Before making his English-language film debut with "Lawrence of Arabia", for which he earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination and international fame, Sharif became a star in Egyptian cinema. His first movie was the Egyptian film Siraa Fil-Wadi (1954) ("The Blazing Sun") in 1953, opposite the renowned Egyptian actress Faten Hamama whom he married in 1955. He converted to Islam to marry Hamama and took the name Omar al-Sharif. The couple had one child (Tarek Sharif, who was born in 1957 and portrayed the young Zhivago in the eponymous picture) and divorced in 1974. Sharif never remarried. Beginning in the 1960s, Sharif earned a reputation as one of the world's best known contract bridge players. In the 1970s and '80s, he co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune. Sharif also wrote several books on bridge and has licensed his name to a bridge computer game, "Omar Sharif Bridge", which has been marketed since 1992. Sharif told the press in 2006 that he no longer played bridge, explaining, "I decided I didn't want to be a slave to any passion any more except for my work. I had too many passions, bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more because I didn't give them enough time." As an actor, Sharif had made a comeback in 2003 playing the title role of an elderly Muslim shopkeeper in the French film Monsieur Ibrahim (2003). For his performance, he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Actor César, France's equivalent of the Oscar, from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma.

Starring Omar Sharif on Plex

Filmography

Acting (61 Credits)

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2013Rock the Casbah as Moulay Hassan
2013A Castle in Italy as Omar Sharif
2009The Last Templar as Konstantine
2008Hassan wa Morcus
200810,000 BC as Narrator (voice)
2006One Night with the King as Prince Memucan
2006The Ten Commandments as Jethro
2005St. Peter as Saint Peter
2004Hidalgo as Sheikh Riyadh
2003Monsieur Ibrahim as Monsieur Ibrahim
2001The Parole Officer as Victor
1999The 13th Warrior as Melchisidek
1998Mysteries of Egypt as Grandfather
1996Gulliver's Travels (1996) as Sorcerer
1995Catherine the Great as Razumovsky
1992Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris as Marquis Hippolite
1992Mother as Hagop
1991Mother as Hagop
1991Beyond Justice as Emir Beni-Zair
1990The Rainbow Thief as Dima
1990Mountains of the Moon as Arab Chief in Cairo (uncredited)
1988Les possédés as Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Czar Nicholas II
1986Peter the Great as Prince Feodor Romodanovsky
1986Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Czar Nicholas II
1984Top Secret! as Agent Cedric
1984The Far Pavilions as Koda Dad
1981Green Ice as Meno Argenti
1981Inchon as Indian Brigadier
1980The Baltimore Bullet as The Deacon
1980Oh Heavenly Dog as Bart
1979Ashanti as Prince Hassan
1979Bloodline as Ivo Palazzi
1976The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
1975Funny Lady as Nicky Arnstein
1974Juggernaut as Captain Alex Brunel
1974The Tamarind Seed as Feodor Sverdlov
1973The Mysterious Island as Captain Nemo
1971The Horsemen as Uraz
1971The Burglars as Abel Zacharia
1971The Last Valley as Vogel
1969The Appointment as Federico Fendi
1969Che! as Che Guevara
1969Mackenna's Gold as Colorado
1968Mayerling as Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria
1968Funny Girl as Nick Arnstein
1967The Night of the Generals as Major Grau
1967More Than a Miracle as Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
1966The Poppy Is Also a Flower as Dr. Rad
1965Doctor Zhivago as Dr. Yuri Zhivago
1965Genghis Khan as Temujin alias Genghis Khan
1965Marco the Magnificent as Sheik Alla Hou
1964Behold a Pale Horse as Francisco
1964The Yellow Rolls-Royce as Davich
1964The Fall of the Roman Empire as Sohamus
1962Lawrence of Arabia as Sherif Ali
1961There Is a Man in Our House as Ibrahim
1961Rumor of Love as Hussien
1960The Beginning and the End
1956Dark Waters as Ragab
1954The Blazing Sun as Ahmed

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