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Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif

5 August 2003 - Received a one-month suspended sentence and a $1700 fine for head-butting a police officer in a French casino in July.

Also fluent in Italian (ex. appearance in main RAI show ''Domenica In'' 10/23/2005)

As of 2009, he is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (his for Doctor Zhivago (1965)). The others are Spencer Tracy in The Actress (1953), Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Shirley MacLaine in Madame Sousatzka (1988), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).

Father of Tarek Sharif.

Fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish, Greek and French.



He is both author and co-author of several books on Bridge and has licensed his name to a Bridge computer game.

Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1990.

Of Lebanese/Syrian descent, but lived in Egypt all his life

Ordered by a US court in Beverly Hills, California to take an anger management course for punching a parking attendant who refused to accept his European currency on 11 June 2005. Sharif was not present for the hearing. (13 February 2007).

Underwent triple bypass surgery in 1992, and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994. Until his bypass, Sharif smoked 100 cigarettes a day; after the operation he quit easily.

World-class Bridge player, he has been known to anticipate or postpone shootings in order to be able to attend major bridge events.

Writes a weekly syndicated column on Bridge.


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