Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif

Michel Dimitri Shalhoub, known as Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف), also spelled Omar El-Sherif, born April 10, 1932 in Alexandria and died July 10, 2015 in Cairo, is an Egyptian actor. The son of a precious wood merchant, he grew up in a united Christian family with his parents and his sister. Enrolled at Victoria College, a prestigious British school in Alexandria, the teenager studied science, and foreign languages, and would later discover theater classes. A brilliant student, he continued his studies at Cairo University where he obtained his diploma in mathematics and physics. Caught up in his taste for acting, he was spotted at 21 by director Youssef Chahine who offered him a leading role in Struggle in the Valley (1954). The success was immediate, thanks to this role, the young leading man walked the red carpet of the Croisette at the Cannes Film Festival the same year. He became a star of Egyptian cinema then in full expansion, and collaborated again with Youssef Chahine (The Devil of the Desert, Black Waters). In 1962, he took on the role of Prince Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia under the direction of David Lean. This film, the first outside Egypt for the actor, marks the beginning of a long friendship with Peter O'Toole and a turning point in Omar Sharif's career. He won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and decided to leave his native country for Hollywood. In 1955, Omar Sharif married the Egyptian actress Faten Hamama, whom he met on the set of Struggle in the Valley, and for whom he converted to Islam. Their son Tarek was born in 1957. The couple separated when the actor decided to pursue his career in Hollywood. Their divorce was finalized a few years later in 1974. The actor, a polyglot, then began an international career. David Lean offered him a new emblematic role with Doctor Zhivago (1965) in which he played opposite Geraldine Chaplin. His filmography includes more than a hundred films. The actor nevertheless had a more unhappy period on the big screen with some commercial failures (And Came the Day of Vengeance, The Rendezvous, The Horsemen). He returned to success in the 2000s with Monsieur Ibrahim and The Flowers of the Koran by François Dupeyron for which he was awarded the César for Best Actor in 2004. The same year, he starred in Hidalgo by Joe Johnston. Rarer on film sets, in 2009 he accepted the role of a painter suffering from Alzheimer's disease in I Forgot to Tell You alongside Emilie Dequenne. He appeared in his last film, Rock the Casbah by Laïla Marrakchi, in 2012. In May 2015, his son, Tarek El-Sharif, announced in an interview that Omar Sharif had Alzheimer's disease. He died on July 10, 2015 following a heart attack. His funeral took place on July 12, 2015 in a mosque in Cairo and he was buried at the Sayyeda Nefisa cemetery in the south of the city.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Alexandria, Egypt
    Birthday
    4/10/1932
Monsieur Ibrahim
Monsieur Ibrahim
7
Doctor Zhivago
Doctor Zhivago
7.5
Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan
5.9
Mysteries of Egypt
Mysteries of Egypt
5.6
Fire at My Heart
Fire at My Heart
6
Pyramid
Pyramid
6
Che!
Che!
5.3
The Mysterious Island
The Mysterious Island
5.3
Mayerling
Mayerling
6.3
The Horsemen
The Horsemen
6.9
J'ai oublié de te dire
J'ai oublié de te dire
7
Struggle on the Nile
Struggle on the Nile
6.8
The Appointment
The Appointment
5.5
St. Peter
St. Peter
6.3
Crime and Passion
Crime and Passion
6
Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt
Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt
4
Les pyramides bleues
Les pyramides bleues
3.1
A Beginning and an Ending
A Beginning and an Ending
7.9
A Man in Our House
A Man in Our House
6.7
The Right to Love
The Right to Love
0
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
0
The Traveller
The Traveller
8
Eshaet Hob
Eshaet Hob
7.7
Rendezvous with a Stranger
Rendezvous with a Stranger
0
Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend
0
Harem
Harem
4.8
Goha
Goha
5.2
Citizen Masrey
Citizen Masrey
7.2
My Only Love
My Only Love
0
For the Sake of a Woman
For the Sake of a Woman
0
The Devil of the Desert
The Devil of the Desert
5
Scandal in Zamalek
Scandal in Zamalek
0
La Martingale
La Martingale
8
The Mamluks
The Mamluks
0
Ayoub
Ayoub
6.5
The Puppeteer
The Puppeteer
10
Land of Peace
Land of Peace
0
Beach of Secrets
Beach of Secrets
0
Pleasure Palace
Pleasure Palace
5
Journey of Love
0
1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham
6
The Coptic Museum
6
The Burglars
The Burglars
7
The Rainbow Thief
The Rainbow Thief
5.3
Juggernaut
Juggernaut
6
The Last Valley
The Last Valley
6.6
The Night of the Generals
The Night of the Generals
6.8
More Than a Miracle
More Than a Miracle
5.7
Funny Girl
Funny Girl
7.2
Mackenna's Gold
Mackenna's Gold
6.6
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel
5
The Tamarind Seed
The Tamarind Seed
6.3
Hassan and Marcus
Hassan and Marcus
6.5
Mother
Mother
8.1
The Baltimore Bullet
The Baltimore Bullet
6.1
S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
4
Sayedat el kasr
Sayedat el kasr
6.2
Keys to Freedom
Keys to Freedom
3
Our Best Days
Our Best Days
6.7
The River of Love
The River of Love
8
The Blazing Sun
The Blazing Sun
6.9
Heavenly Sin
Heavenly Sin
3.5
We the Students
6
Lawaat Al-Hub
Lawaat Al-Hub
0
Dark Waters
Dark Waters
6.2
Ghaltet Habibi
Ghaltet Habibi
0
Vicious Circle
0
Looking for Sophia
8
Fred Zinnemann - Der Mann, der 'High Noon' machte
0
Hidalgo
Hidalgo
6.8
Funny Lady
Funny Lady
5.2
Green Ice
Green Ice
5.7
588 rue Paradis
588 rue Paradis
7.2
Beyond Justice
Beyond Justice
4.2
Behold a Pale Horse
Behold a Pale Horse
5.9
The Possessed
The Possessed
5.4
Sleepless
Sleepless
6.1
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
8
Desert Law
Desert Law
5.4
Laughter, Joy, Work and Love
Laughter, Joy, Work and Love
2
David Lean: A Life in Film
6
I Love My Master
I Love My Master
0
Pasternak
Pasternak
5
Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean
0
Oh Heavenly Dog
Oh Heavenly Dog
5.6
Ashanti
Ashanti
5.8
Lie Down with Lions
Lie Down with Lions
4.3
Heaven Before I Die
Heaven Before I Die
4
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
8
One Night with the King
One Night with the King
6.6
Marco the Magnificent
Marco the Magnificent
6
Rock the Casbah
Rock the Casbah
6.3
The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior
6.7
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics
6
Indiana Jones: The Search for the Lost Golden Age
Indiana Jones: The Search for the Lost Golden Age
7.6
Belmondo, il était une fois le beau monde
Belmondo, il était une fois le beau monde
6
Bloodline
Bloodline
4.7
The Yellow Rolls-Royce
The Yellow Rolls-Royce
6.1
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
7
The Making of Lawrence of Arabia
The Making of Lawrence of Arabia
10
Moscow in Madrid
Moscow in Madrid
0
Grand Larceny
0
The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Fall of the Roman Empire
6.5
Going Public
Going Public
3.5
The Car That Became a Star
6
Stardust Hollywood - Sternenstaub und Götterwelten
0
Top Secret!
Top Secret!
7.1
The Parole Officer
The Parole Officer
5.8
The Lebanese Mission
The Lebanese Mission
1
10,000 BC
10,000 BC
5.5
Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great
5.7
Omar Sharif: Citizen of the World
Omar Sharif: Citizen of the World
7
Poppies Are Also Flowers
Poppies Are Also Flowers
5.6
Inchon
Inchon
3.9
A Castle in Italy
A Castle in Italy
5.4
Hollywood Legenden
2
Ingrid Bergman Remembered
Ingrid Bergman Remembered
6.7
La Traversée du désir
La Traversée du désir
5.7
Mountains of the Moon
Mountains of the Moon
6.4
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
6.8
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