Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif

  • Birthday: 1932-04-10
  • Deathday: 2015-07-10
  • Place of birth: Alexandria, Egypt
  • Also know as: Омар Шариф

Biography

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.

Filmography

Monsieur Ibrahim

2003

As Monsieur Ibrahim

Doctor Zhivago

1965

As Dr. Yuri Zhivago

Genghis Khan

1965

As Genghis Khan / Temujin

Mysteries of Egypt

1998

As Grandfather

Fire at My Heart

2006

As Principe Nicola

Pyramid

2002

As Nakht (voice)

Che!

1969

As Che Guevara

The Mysterious Island

1973

As Captain Nemo

Mayerling

1968

As Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria

The Horsemen

1971

As Uraz

Struggle on the Nile

1959

As Muhassab

The Appointment

1969

As Federico Fendi

St. Peter

2005

As San Pietro

Crime and Passion

1976

As Andre Ferren

A Beginning and an Ending

1960

As Hassanein

A Man in Our House

1961

As Ibrahim Mohammed

The Right to Love

1972

As Pierre

The Traveller

2009

As Hassan

Eshaet Hob

1960

As Hussien

Harem

1986

As Sultan Hassan

Goha

1959

As Goha

Citizen Masrey

1991

As Mayor Abdel Razek El-Shershaby

My Only Love

1960

As Adel

La Martingale

1983

As Alex Joski

The Mamluks

1965

As Ahmed

Ayoub

1983

As Ayoub/Abdul Hamid Al-Sukkari

The Puppeteer

1989

As محمد جاد الكريم

Land of Peace

1957

As Ahmed

Beach of Secrets

1958

As Mamduh Ezzat

Pleasure Palace

1980

As Louie Lefevre

Journey of Love

1990

As Rico

The Coptic Museum

2006

As Narrator

The Burglars

1971

As Abel Zacharia

The Rainbow Thief

1994

As Dima

Juggernaut

1974

As Captain Alex Brunel

The Last Valley

1971

As Vogel

The Night of the Generals

1967

As Major Grau

More Than a Miracle

1967

As Prince Rodrigo Fernandez

Funny Girl

1968

As Nick Arnstein

Mackenna's Gold

1969

As Colorado

Shaka Zulu: The Citadel

2005

As The King

The Tamarind Seed

1974

As Feodor Sverdlov

Mother

1991

As Hagop

The Baltimore Bullet

1980

As The Deacon

S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert

1980

As Baron Cesare Magnasco

Sayedat el kasr

1958

As Adel

Keys to Freedom

1988

As Jonathan

Our Best Days

1955

As Ahmad

The River of Love

1960

As Khalid

The Blazing Sun

1954

As Ahmed

Heavenly Sin

1992

As

Dark Waters

1956

As Ragab

Ghaltet Habibi

1958

As Salah

Vicious Circle

1985

As Garcin

Looking for Sophia

2004

As Himself

Hidalgo

2004

As Sheikh Riyadh

Funny Lady

1975

As Nick Arnstein

Green Ice

1981

As Meno Argenti

588 rue Paradis

1992

As Hagop

Beyond Justice

1992

As Emir Beni-Zair

Behold a Pale Horse

1964

As Francisco

The Possessed

1988

As Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky

Sleepless

1957

As Aziz

Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris

1992

As Marquis Hippolite

Desert Law

1991

As Emir Beni-Zair

Pasternak

1965

As Himself

Oh Heavenly Dog

1980

As Bart

Ashanti

1979

As Prince Hassan

Lie Down with Lions

1994

As Safar Khan

Heaven Before I Die

1997

As Khalil Gibran

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

As Sherif Ali

One Night with the King

2006

As Prince Memucan

Marco the Magnificent

1965

As Sheik Alla Hou

Rock the Casbah

2013

As Moulay Hassan

The 13th Warrior

1999

As Melchisidek

Indiana Jones: The Search for the Lost Golden Age

2021

As Self - Actor (archive footage)

Bloodline

1979

As Ivo Palazzi

The Yellow Rolls-Royce

1964

As Davich

The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'

2003

As Self (archive footage)

Moscow in Madrid

1965

As Self

Grand Larceny

1987

As Rashid Saud

Going Public

2000

As

The Car That Became a Star

1965

As Davich (archiveFootage)

Top Secret!

1984

As Agent Cedric

The Parole Officer

2001

As Victor

The Lebanese Mission

1956

As Mokrir

10,000 BC

2008

As Narrator (voice)

Catherine the Great

1996

As Razumovsky

Omar Sharif: Citizen of the World

2020

As Self - Actor / Various Roles (archive footage)

Poppies Are Also Flowers

1966

As Dr. Rad

Inchon

1981

As Indian Brigadier

A Castle in Italy

2013

As Omar Sharif

Hollywood Legenden

2004

As Self

Ingrid Bergman Remembered

1996

As Self (archive footage)

Mountains of the Moon

1990

As Arab Chief in Cairo (uncredited)

The Pink Panther Strikes Again

1976

As Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)

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