Omar Sharif, born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub, is an Egyptian actor who was born on April 10th, 1932 in Alexandria and who died at 83 on July 10th, 2015 in Cairo from a heart attack. He was suffering from the Alzheimer's disease.
He graduates from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics. He's also passionate about foreign languages and drama.
He gets his first role at 21 in Egypt when director Youssef Chahine offers him a part in his movie The Blazing Sun (1954).
He meets his wife, the actress Faten Hamama, during the shooting of this movie. They have a son together, Tarek Sharif, and divorce in 1974. He never marries again.
Photo: Sharif playing Yuri Jivago in Doctor Zhivago.
He works in more than 60 American and European movies.
➾ NOTABLE MOVIES:
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Funny Girl (1968)
Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003)
➾ NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
3 Golden Globes
1 César Award for best actor
Nomination: Academy Award for best-supporting actor for Lawrence of Arabia.