Omar Sharif Overview:

Legendary actor, Omar Sharif, was born Michel Demetri Shalhoub on Apr 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt. Sharif died at the age of 83 on Jul 10, 2015 in Cairo, Egypt .


Black-haired Egyptian actor with flashing dark eyes and faintly bogus smile. Built up a reputation as the number one male pin-up of the Egyptian cinema from 1954 to 1961 before venturing into international films. Was cast almost entirely in blockbuster epics, and found, in the seventies, that the public was less willing to accept him in smaller-scale dramas. Later in co-starring roles, and concentrating on his first love - bridge. Nominated for an Academy Award in Lawrence of Arabia. Also a former Egyptian soccer international! Married (first of two) to Egyptian-born star Faten Hamama (1931-2015) from 1955 to 1974.

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Although Sharif was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1962Best Supporting ActorLawrence of Arabia (1962)Sherif Ali ibn el KharishNominated

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GOODBYE : 1932 – 2015

By Crystal Kalyana on Jul 12, 2015 From In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

Today we farewell the Egyptian born actor, , who was known for his striking ?looks, and his meritorious performances in such films as, “Lawrence Of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, in which he received two Golden Globe Awards and an Oscar nomination. was ... Read full article

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Omar Sharif Quotes:

Sherif Ali: Truly, for some men nothing is written unless THEY write it.

Nick Arnstein: So long, funny girl.

[Arabs are looting a train after blowing it up]
Sherif Ali: It is their payment, Colonel.
Colonel Brighton: Payment?
Sherif Ali: Truly, are not British soldiers paid?
Colonel Brighton: They don't go home when they've been paid!
Sherif Ali: They are not free to!

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

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

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.

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