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Omar Sharif

Name in Native Language: "عمر الشريف" (ARZ)
Actor | * 04/10/1932 († 83, 07/10/2015) | Alexandria, Egypt
Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb]; 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both English and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lawrence of Arabia. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award. Sharif, who spoke Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian fluently, was often cast as a foreigner of some sort. He bridled at travel restrictions imposed by the government of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to self-exile in Europe. He was a lifelong horse racing enthusiast, and at one time ranked among the world's top contract bridge players. ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Romance / Love | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for Omar Sharif

César Award César Award for Best Actor Golden Globe Award Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Golden Globe Award for New Star of The Year – Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Omar Sharif as Actor(88)

as Moulay Hassan2013 Rock the Casbah
as Hassan2009 The Traveller
as مرقص عبدالشهيد/حسن سيف الدين2008 Hasan and Murqus
as Narrator (voice)2008 10,000 BC
as Principe Nicola2006 Fire at My Heart
as Prince Memucan2006 One Night with the King
as Hans Canon2006 The Crown Prince
as Saint Peter2005 St. Peter
as Sheikh Riyadh2004 Hidalgo
as Monsieur Ibrahim2003 Monsieur Ibrahim
as Nakht (voice)2002 Building the Great Pyramid
as Victor2001 The Parole Officer
as Melchisidek1999 The 13th Warrior
as Grandfather1998 Mysteries of Egypt
as Khalil Gibran1997 Heaven Before I Die
as Narrator1996 Umm Kulthum
as Razumovsky1996 Catherine the Great
as Safar Khan1994 Lie Down with Lions
as Emir Beni-Zair1992 Beyond Justice
as Marquis Hippolite1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
as Hagop1992 Mother
as Hagop1991 Mother
as Dima1990 The Rainbow Thief
as Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky1988 The Possessed
as Jonathan1988 Keys to Freedom
as Czar Nicholas II1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
as Sultan Hassan1986 Harem
as Agent Cedric1984 Top Secret!
as Meno Argenti1981 Green Ice
as The Deacon1980 The Baltimore Bullet
as Bart1980 Oh Heavenly Dog
as Baron Cesare Magnasco1980 S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
as Prince Hassan1979 Ashanti
as Ivo Palazzi1979 Bloodline
as Andre Ferren1976 Crime and Passion
as Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again
as Nicky Arnstein1975 Funny Lady
as Captain Alex Brunel1974 Juggernaut
as Feodor Sverdlov1974 The Tamarind Seed
as Captain Nemo1973 The Mysterious Island
as Uraz1971 The Horsemen
as Vogel1971 The Last Valley
as Abel Zacharia1971 The Burglars
as Federico Fendi1969 The Appointment
as Colorado1969 Mackenna's Gold
as Che Guevara1969 Che!
as Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria1968 Mayerling
as Nick Arnstein1968 Funny Girl
as Prince Rodrigo Fernandez1967 More Than a Miracle
as Major Grau1967 The Night of the Generals
as Dr. Yuri Zhivago1965 Doctor Zhivago
as Temujin alias Genghis Khan1965 Genghis Khan
as Sheik Alla Hou1965 Marco the Magnificent
as Francisco1964 Behold a Pale Horse
as Sherif Ali1962 Lawrence of Arabia
as Hussien1960 Ishayat hub
as Khalid1960 The River of Love
as Goha1959 Goha
as Muhassab1959 Struggle on the Nile
as Aziz1957 Sleepless
as Mokrir1956 The Lebanese Mission
as Adel1956 Lady of the Castle

TV Shows/Series with Omar Sharif as Actor(8)

2002 Monk
as Constantin Demiris1991 Memories of Midnight
as Prince Feodor Romodanovsky1986 Peter the Great
as Koda Dad1984 The Far Pavilions
1982 Wogan
as Captain Nemo1973 L' île mystérieuse

Additional Information

Full Name: Michel Shalhoub
Citizenship: Egypt
Born: Sunday, 04/10 1932 (April) in Alexandria
Died: Friday, 07/10 2015 (July) in Cairo (aged: 83)
Zodiac sign: Aries (Chinese zodiac sign: Monkey)
Languages: Arabic (AR, native language), English (EN), Spanish (ES), French (FR), Italian (IT), Portuguese (PT), Greek
Educated at: Cairo University
Spouses (current/former): Faten Hamama
Children: Tarek Sharif
Other names for Omar Sharif (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"ميشيل ديمتري شلهوب"
"عمر الشريف" (Pseudonym)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:6596, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 05/22/2019