Omar Sharif

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1932-04-10

Place of Birth
Alexandria, Egypt

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.

2003
Monsieur Ibrahim
7.1
1965
Doctor Zhivago
7.6
1962
Lawrence of Arabia
8.0
2004
Hidalgo
6.5
1979
Bloodline
4.5
1965
Genghis Khan
6.3
1998
Mysteries of Egypt
5.4
2006
The Crown Prince
6.7
2008
10,000 BC
5.2
2006
Fire at My Heart
6.0
1984
Top Secret!
7.1
1980
Oh Heavenly Dog
5.9
1971
The Burglars
7.1
1990
The Rainbow Thief
5.8
2002
Building the Great Pyramid
0.0
1986
Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
5.4
1974
Juggernaut
6.1
1971
The Last Valley
6.4
1967
The Night of the Generals
6.8
1967
More Than a Miracle
5.4
2006
One Night with the King
6.3
1969
Che!
3.5
1973
The Mysterious Island
4.6
1968
Funny Girl
7.3
1968
Mayerling
6.6
1975
Funny Lady
5.2
1964
The Fall of the Roman Empire
6.4
1965
The Yellow Rolls-Royce
6.2
1969
Mackenna's Gold
6.8
1971
The Horsemen
6.6
2005
Shaka Zulu: The Last Great Warrior
5.5
2010
J'ai oublié de te dire
7.0
1974
The Tamarind Seed
6.3
1959
Struggle on the Nile
7.0
1969
The Appointment
6.3
2008
Hassan and Murqus
5.5
1979
Ashanti
5.3
1981
Green Ice
5.2
1991
Mother
7.6
1992
Mother
6.8
1992
Beyond Justice
3.2
2007
St. Peter
6.3
1965
Marco the Magnificent
6.3
1976
Crime and Passion
8.0
1966
Poppies Are Also Flowers
5.8
1994
Lie Down with Lions
3.0
1964
Behold a Pale Horse
5.6
2003
The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia'
7.0
1988
The Possessed
5.0
1980
The Baltimore Bullet
6.0
1996
Umm Kulthum
0.0
1980
S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
5.0
1956
Lady of the Castle
0.0
1957
Sleepless
4.5
1988
Keys to Freedom
3.0
1988
Les pyramides bleues
0.0
1955
Our Best Days
5.0
1961
The Beginning and the End
7.5
2013
Rock the Casbah
6.3
1961
There Is a Man in Our House
6.2
1972
Le droit d'aimer
0.0
2007
Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
0.0
1999
The 13th Warrior
6.5
2009
The Traveller
0.0
1997
Heaven Before I Die
0.0
1960
Ishayat hub
7.3
1960
The River of Love
0.0
1992
Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris
9.0
1959
Rendezvous with a Stranger
0.0
1999
Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend
0.0
1986
Harem
5.5
1954
Struggle in the Valley
6.7
1992
Heavenly Sin
0.0
2001
The Parole Officer
5.9
1959
Goha
5.0
1991
Desert Law
7.0
1991
The Egyptian Citizen
0.0
1996
Catherine the Great
5.8
2000
Going Public
3.5
1956
The Lebanese Mission
0.0
1976
The Pink Panther Strikes Again
7.0
2009
La traversée du désir
10.0
1959
For the Sake of a Woman
0.0
1960
My Only Love
0.0
1993
Dehk, we leab we gad we hob
0.0
1985
David Lean: A Life in Film
0.0
1954
Devil of the Desert
0.0
2009
A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics
0.0
1959
Fadiha fil Zamalek
0.0
1959
We the Students
0.0
1970
Struggle in the Pier
0.0
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