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Omar Sharif

1932-04-10 Alexandria, Egypt

Image of Omar Sharif


Omar Sharif, the Franco-Arabic actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire. Of Lebanese and Syrian extraction, the young Michel was raised a Roman Catholic. He was educated at Victoria College in Alexandria and took a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University with a major. Afterward graduating from university, he entered the family lumber business. Before making his English-language film debut with "Lawrence of Arabia", for which he earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination and international fame, Sharif became a star in Egyptian cinema. His first movie was the Egyptian film Siraa Fil-Wadi (1954) ("The Blazing Sun") in 1953, opposite the renowned Egyptian actress Faten Hamama whom he married in 1955. He converted to Islam to marry Hamama and took the name Omar al-Sharif. The couple had one child (Tarek Sharif, who was born in 1957 and portrayed the young Zhivago in the eponymous picture) and divorced in 1974. Sharif never remarried. Beginning in the 1960s, Sharif earned a reputation as one of the world's best known contract bridge players. In the 1970s and '80s, he co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune. Sharif also wrote several books on bridge and has licensed his name to a bridge computer game, "Omar Sharif Bridge", which has been marketed since 1992. Sharif told the press in 2006 that he no longer played bridge, explaining, "I decided I didn't want to be a slave to any passion any more except for my work. I had too many passions, bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more because I didn't give them enough time." As an actor, Sharif had made a comeback in 2003 playing the title role of an elderly Muslim shopkeeper in the French film Monsieur Ibrahim (2003). For his performance, he won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Actor César, France's equivalent of the Oscar, from the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma.


Indiana Jones : à la recherche de l'âge d'or perdu Self - Actor (archive footage) 2021-05-07
Omar Sharif - Aus dem Leben eines Nomaden Self - Actor / Various Roles (archive footage) 2020-02-15
Rock the Casbah Moulay Hassan 2013-09-11
Un château en Italie Omar Sharif 2013-10-30
J'ai oublié de te dire Jaume 2010-03-12
La Traversée du désir Self 2009-03-16
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics Himself 2009-12-20
المسافر Hassan 2009-06-25
حسن ومرقص 2008-07-03
10,000 BC Narrator (voice) 2008-02-22
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Presenter 2007-09-24
Kronprinz Rudolf Hans Canon 2006-09-29
One Night with the King Prince Memucan 2006-10-10
Fuoco su di me Principe Nicola 2006-01-01
Shaka Zulu: The Citadel The King 2005-05-03
St. Peter Saint Peter 2005-10-24
Hidalgo Sheikh Riyadh 2004-02-04
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' himself 2003-09-22
Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran Monsieur Ibrahim 2003-09-17
Pyramid Nakht (voice) 2002-10-28
The Parole Officer Victor 2001-08-10
The Making of Lawrence of Arabia Self 2000-01-02
Going Public 2000-01-01
Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend Narrator 1999-03-14
The 13th Warrior Melchisidek 1999-08-13
Mysteries of Egypt Grandfather 1998-01-01
Heaven Before I Die Khalil Gibran 1997-01-01
Umm Kulthum Narrator 1996-10-09
Catherine the Great Razumovsky 1996-04-28
Ingrid Bergman Remembered Self (archive footage) 1996-04-06
Lie Down with Lions Safar Khan 1994-06-12
ضحك ولعب وجد وحب 1993-11-29
Beyond Justice Emir Beni-Zair 1992-12-02
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris Marquis Hippolite 1992-12-27
588 Rue Paradis Hagop 1992-01-14
天国の大罪 1992-10-03
المواطن مصري 1991-01-01
Il principe del deserto Emir Beni-Zair 1991-03-19
Mayrig Hagop 1991-11-27
The Rainbow Thief Dima 1990-09-01
Mountains of the Moon Arab Chief in Cairo (uncredited) 1990-02-16
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean Self 1990-04-01
الأراجوز محمد جاد الكريم 1989-12-18
Keys to Freedom Jonathan 1988-01-01
Les possédés Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky 1988-02-24
Les pyramides bleues 1988-01-02
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Czar Nicholas II 1986-12-07
Harem Sultan Hassan 1986-02-09
Vicious Circle Garcin 1985-04-28
David Lean: A Life in Film Himself 1985-01-01
Top Secret! Agent Cedric 1984-06-08
أيوب ayoub 1983-07-07
La Martingale Alex Joski 1983-10-13
Inchon Indian Brigadier 1982-05-04
Green Ice Meno Argenti 1981-05-01
S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert Baron Cesare Magnasco 1980-02-23
Oh Heavenly Dog Bart 1980-07-11
The Baltimore Bullet The Deacon 1980-03-31
Ashanti Prince Hassan 1979-03-09
Bloodline Ivo Palazzi 1979-06-29
Ace Up My Sleeve Andre Ferren 1976-02-06
The Pink Panther Strikes Again Egyptian Assassin (uncredited) 1976-12-15
Funny Lady Nicky Arnstein 1975-03-15
Juggernaut Captain Alex Brunel 1974-09-25
The Tamarind Seed Feodor Sverdlov 1974-07-11
La isla misteriosa Captain Nemo 1973-03-17
Le droit d'aimer 1972-08-15
The Last Valley Vogel 1971-01-28
Le Casse Abel Zacharia 1971-10-27
The Horsemen Uraz 1971-08-16
Che! Che Guevara 1969-06-27
The Appointment Federico Fendi 1969-05-22
Mackenna's Gold Colorado 1969-03-18
Mayerling Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria 1968-01-01
Funny Girl Nick Arnstein 1968-09-19
The Night of the Generals Major Grau 1967-01-29
C'era una volta Prince Rodrigo Fernandez 1967-10-19
Poppies Are Also Flowers Dr. Rad 1966-05-20
The Car That Became a Star Davich (archiveFootage) 1965-01-01
المماليك 1965-10-04
Doctor Zhivago Dr. Yuri Zhivago 1965-12-22
Genghis Khan Temujin alias Genghis Khan 1965-04-15
La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo Sheik Alla Hou 1965-08-06
The Fall of the Roman Empire Sohamus 1964-03-24
The Yellow Rolls-Royce Davich 1964-12-31
Behold a Pale Horse Francisco 1964-08-14
Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali 1962-12-11
في بيتنا رجل Ibrahim 1961-04-17
بداية و نهاية‎‎ 1960-10-31
إشاعة حب Hussien 1960-11-20
Hubbi El Wahid 1960-01-01
نهر الحب Khalid 1960-01-02
لوعة الحب 1960-10-01
فضيحة في الزمالك 1959-01-23
Pour une femme Shokri 1959-01-01
صراع في النيل Muhassab 1959-10-18
Goha Goha 1959-05-06
موعد مع المجهول Magdi 1959-01-01
إحنا التلامذة 1959-01-02
غلطة حبيبي 1958-04-14
سيدة القصر Adel 1958-11-17
شاطئ الأسرار Mamduh Ezzat 1958-02-03
Ard el salam 1957-01-02
أرض السلام احمد 1957-03-18
لا أنام Aziz 1957-10-31
صراع في الميناء Ragab 1956-01-02
La châtelaine du Liban Mokrir 1956-09-12
أيامنا الحلوة 1955-05-29
صراع في الوادي Ahmed 1954-03-01
شيطان الصحراء 1954-09-17
I Love My Master