Omar Sharif

About Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif (born Michael Yusef Dimitri Chalhoub, 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor, generally regarded as his country’s greatest male film star. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in British, American, French, and Italian productions. His career encompassed over 100 films spanning 50 years, and brought him many accolades including three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award for Best Actor.

Sharif starred as Sherif Ali in the David Lean epic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and portrayed the title role in Lean’s’ Doctor Zhivago’, earning him the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He continued to play romantic leads, in films like ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘The Tamarind Seed’, and historical figures like the eponymous characters in ‘Genghis Khan’ and ‘Che!’. His acting career continued well into old age, with a well-received turn as a Muslim Turkish immigrant in the French film ‘Monsieur Ibrahim’. Shariff made his final film appearance in 2015, the year of his death. Learn More…

Omar Sharif