Omar Sharif

Actor, Author, Professional bridge player
One of the rare Middle Eastern actors to achieve stardom in both the Hollywood and international markets, Omar Sharif was a powerful presence in some of the biggest films of the 1960s - both in terms of scope and ... Read more »
Born: 04/10/1932 in Egypt

Filmography

Actor (81)

Seducing Leyla 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Crown Prince 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Goha 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Templar 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

10,000 B.C. 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Hassan & Morcos 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Traveller 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fuoco Su Di Me 2006 (Movie)

Nicola (Actor)

One Night with the King 2006 (Movie)

Prince Memucan (Actor)

The Ten Commandments (ABC) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Hidalgo 2004 (Movie)

Sheikh Riyadh (Actor)

Monsieur Ibrahim 2003 (Movie)

Ibrahim (Actor)

Catherine the Great 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parole Officer 2001 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Mysteries of Egypt 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 13th Warrior 1999 (Movie)

Melchisidek (Actor)

Heaven Before I Die 1997 (Movie)

Khalil Gibran (Actor)

Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt 1997 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Doctor Zhivago: The Making of a Russian Epic 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Clive James' Postcards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

588 Rue Paradis 1992 (Movie)

Hagop (Actor)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Sheldon's Memories of Midnight 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Tengoku No Taizai 1992 (Movie)

Tsai Mang Hua (Actor)

Beyond Justice 1991 (Movie)

Emir (Actor)

Mayrig 1991 (Movie)

Hagop (Actor)

Al Moaten Al Myssri 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Rainbow Thief 1990 (Movie)

Dima the Thief (Actor)

Viaggio d'amore 1990 (Movie)

Rico (Actor)

Les Possedes 1988 (Movie)

Stephan Verkhovensky (Actor)

Les Pyramides bleues 1988 (Movie)

Alex (Actor)

Mysteries of the Pyramids... Live! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Puppeteer 1988 (Movie)

Mohamed Gad El Kareem (Actor)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

Cedric (Actor)

Ayoub 1982 (Movie)

Ayoub (Actor)

Green Ice 1981 (Movie)

Meno Argenti (Actor)

Return to Eden 1981 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Oh Heavenly Dog 1980 (Movie)

Malcolm Bart (Actor)

S*H*E 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baltimore Bullet 1980 (Movie)

Deacon (Actor)

Ashanti 1979 (Movie)

Prince (Actor)

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

Ivo Palazzi (Actor)

Crime and Passion 1976 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Funny Lady 1975 (Movie)

Nick Arnstein (Actor)

Juggernaut 1974 (Movie)

Captain Brunel (Actor)

The Tamarind Seed 1973 (Movie)

Feodor Sverdlov (Actor)

L' Ile Mysterieuse 1972 (Movie)

Nemo (Actor)

Le Casse 1970 (Movie)

Zacaria (Actor)

The Horsemen 1970 (Movie)

Uraz (Actor)

The Last Valley 1970 (Movie)

Vogel (Actor)

Che! 1969 (Movie)

Che Guevara (Actor)

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

Colorado (Actor)

Funny Girl 1968 (Movie)

Nick Arnstein (Actor)

Mayerling 1968 (Movie)

Crown Prince Rudolf (Actor)

The Appointment 1968 (Movie)

Federico Fendi (Actor)

The Night of the Generals 1967 (Movie)

Major Grau (Actor)

Cinderella - Italian Style 1966 (Movie)

Prince Ramon (Actor)

Doctor Zhivago 1965 (Movie)

Yuri (Actor)

Genghis Khan 1965 (Movie)

Temulin-Genghis Khan (Actor)

Behold a Pale Horse 1964 (Movie)

Father Francisco (Actor)

Marco the Magnificent 1964 (Movie)

Emir Alaou (Actor)

The Fall of the Roman Empire 1963 (Movie)

Sohamus (Actor)

The Yellow Rolls-Royce 1963 (Movie)

Davich (Actor)

Lawrence of Arabia 1962 (Movie)

Sherif Ali Ibn El Kharish (Actor)

A Man in Our House 1960 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Blazing Sun 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

Catherine the Great (Movie)

Razumovsky (Actor)

David Lean: A Life in Film (TV Show)

Actor

Grand Larceny (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Harem (TV Show)

Actor

Lie Down With Lions (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris (TV Show)

Actor

Peter the Great (TV Show)

Actor

Pleasure Palace (TV Show)

Actor

Shaka Zulu -- The Citadel (TV Show)

Actor

The Far Pavilions (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the rare Middle Eastern actors to achieve stardom in both the Hollywood and international markets, Omar Sharif was a powerful presence in some of the biggest films of the 1960s - both in terms of scope and success - including "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) and "Doctor Zhivago. " A leading man in his native Egypt, he was cast as the fiercely loyal friend to Peter O'Toole's Lawrence in the David Lean epic, and rose to immediate fame around the globe; subsequent film efforts followed closely in the sweep and theme of "Lawrence," including Lean's "Zhivago" (1965), which cast him in his first English-language lead, "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964), and the musical "Funny Girl" (1968). Sharif's time at the top of the box office was short-lived. By the mid 1970s, he was relegated to European productions and sudsy American product like "Bloodline" (1979), but he continued to work, largely in television, for the next two decades before reaching a career high point with his award-winning turn in "Monsieur Ibrahim" (2003). Even in his seventh decade, Sharif commanded a degree of class, Old World charm and romanticism that eluded actors with twice his popularity and half his age, which assured him a place in the pantheon of movie history as one of its most memorable leading men. Omar Sharif died of a heart attack in Cairo on July 10, 2015. He was 83.

Relationships

Faten Hamama

Wife
Born in 1931 Omar converted to Islam to marry the renowned Egyptian actress married from 1955-1974 appeared together in "Sina Fil Wadi/The Blazing Sun" (1954)

Omar Jr.

Grandson
Born in Montreal, Quebec.

Joseph Shalhoub

Father

Claire Shalhoub

Mother

Tarek Sharif

Son
Born in 1957 mother, Faten Hamama appeared in "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) as Yuri at the age of 8

EDUCATION

Cairo University

Cairo University

Victoria College, Alexandria

President of the college dramatic society

Milestones

2009

Cast in the NBC miniseries "The Last Templar" opposite Mira Sorvino and Victor Garber

2008

Featured in Roland Emmerich's prehistoric drama "10,000 BC"

2006

Featured in the ABC miniseries "The Ten Commandments"

2004

Cast opposite Viggo Mortensen in the film "Hidalgo"

2003

Played Monsieur Ibrahim in "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran"

2001

Cast in the syndicated miniseries "Shaka Zulu: The Citadel"

1999

Returned to features in supporting role in "The 13th Warrior"

1988

West End stage debut, "The Sleeping Prince"

1975

Briefly reprised his role as Nicky Arnstein in the film sequel "Funny Lady"

1968

Co-starred as Nicky Arnstein opposite Barbra Streisand's Fanny Brice in William Wyler's musical "Funny Girl"

1966

TV-movie debut in the all-star "The Poppy is Also a Flower" (ABC)

1965

Reteamed with director David Lean with a starring role in the epic "Doctor Zhivago"

1964

First U.S. film, "Behold a Pale Rider"

1962

First international production, David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia"; won Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor

1954

Film debut in Egyptian production "Sina Fil Wadi/The Blazing Sun"; co-starred with soon-to-be wife Faten Hamama

Bonus Trivia

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A devoted, championship-level bridge player, Sharif wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune for several years.

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In 2007, Sharif pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a 2005 dustup with a Beverly Hills parking attendant who refused to accept European currency for payment. He was sentenced to two years' summary probation and 15 sessions of anger management counseling.

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Licensed his name to the computer game "Omar Sharif Bridge" in 1992.

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Spoke fluent Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish, and Greek.

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After undergoing triple-bypass surgery in 1992, he quit smoking after a years-long four-pack-a-day habit and moved back to his native Egypt.

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