Biography

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.

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.

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Known Credits 101

Birthday 1932-04-10

Day of Death 2015-07-10

Place of Birth Alexandria, Egypt

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 Rock the Casbah as Moulay Hassan
2010 J'ai oublié de te dire as Jaume
2009 The Traveller as Hassan
2009 La traversée du désir
2009 The Last Templar(2 episodes) as Konstantine
2008 Hasan and Murqus as مرقص عبدالشهيد/حسن سيف الدين
2008 10,000 BC as Narrator (voice)
2007 Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs as Presenter
2006 One Night with the King as Prince Memucan
2006 The Crown Prince as Hans Canon
2006 The Ten Commandments(2 episodes) as Jethro
2006 Kronprinz Rudolf(2 episodes)
2006 Fire at My Heart as Principe Nicola
2005 St. Peter as Saint Peter
2005 Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior as The King
2004 Hidalgo as Sheikh Riyadh
2003 The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' as himself
2003 Monsieur Ibrahim as Monsieur Ibrahim
2002 Building the Great Pyramid as Nakht (voice)
2002 Monk(2 episodes)
2001 The Parole Officer as Victor
2000 Going Public
1999 The 13th Warrior as Melchisidek
1999 Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend as Narrator
1998 Mysteries of Egypt as Grandfather
1997 Heaven Before I Die as Khalil Gibran
1996 Umm Kulthum as Narrator
1996 Catherine The Great as Razumovsky
1996 Gulliver's Travels(2 episodes) as Sorcerer
1994 Lie Down with Lions as Safar Khan
1993 Dehk, we leab we gad we hob
1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris as Marquis Hippolite
1992 Beyond Justice as Emir Beni-Zair
1992 Heavenly Sin
1992 Mother as Hagop
1991 Mother as Hagop
1991 Memories of Midnight(2 episodes) as Constantin Demiris
1991 Desert Law
1991 The Egyptian Citizen
1990 The Rainbow Thief as Dima
1988 The Possessed as Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky
1988 Les pyramides bleues
1988 Keys to Freedom as Jonathan
1986 Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna as Czar Nicholas II
1986 Harem(1 episode) as Sultan Hassan
1986 Harem as Sultan Hassan
1986 Peter the Great(4 episodes) as Prince Feodor Romodanovsky
1985 David Lean: A Life in Film as Himself
1984 Top Secret! as Agent Cedric
1984 The Far Pavilions(3 episodes) as Koda Dad
1982 Wogan(1 episode)
1981 Green Ice as Meno Argenti
1980 Oh Heavenly Dog as Bart
1980 The Baltimore Bullet as The Deacon
1980 S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert as Baron Cesare Magnasco
1979 Ashanti as Prince Hassan
1979 Bloodline as Ivo Palazzi
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
1976 Crime and Passion as Andre Ferren
1975 Funny Lady as Nicky Arnstein
1974 Juggernaut as Captain Alex Brunel
1974 The Tamarind Seed as Feodor Sverdlov
1973 Die geheimnisvolle Insel(6 episodes) as Captain Nemo
1973 The Mysterious Island as Captain Nemo
1972 Le droit d'aimer
1971 The Burglars as Abel Zacharia
1971 The Horsemen as Uraz
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(1 episode)
1971 The Last Valley as Vogel
1969 Che! as Che Guevara
1969 The Appointment as Federico Fendi
1969 Mackenna's Gold as Colorado
1968 Funny Girl as Nick Arnstein
1968 Mayerling as Archduke Rudolf
1967 More Than a Miracle as Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
1967 The Night of the Generals as Major Grau
1966 Poppies Are Also Flowers as Dr. Rad
1965 Doctor Zhivago as Dr. Yuri Zhivago
1965 Marco the Magnificent as Sheik Alla Hou
1965 Genghis Khan as Temujin alias Genghis Khan
1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce as Davich
1964 Behold a Pale Horse as Francisco
1964 The Fall of the Roman Empire as Sohamus
1962 Lawrence of Arabia as Sherif Ali
1961 There Is a Man in Our House as Ibrahim
1961 The Beginning and the End
1960 Ishayat hub as Hussien
1960 The River of Love as Khalid
1960 My Only Love
1959 Struggle on the Nile as Muhassab
1959 For the Sake of a Woman as Shokri
1959 Rendezvous with a Stranger as Magdi
1958 Goha as Goha
1957 Sleepless as Aziz
1956 Lady of the Castle as Adel
1956 The Lebanese Mission as Mokrir
1955 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1955 Our Best Days
1954 Devil of the Desert
1954 Struggle in the Valley as Ahmed
1953 The Academy Awards(1 episode)

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