Omar Sharif

(Michael Shalhoub; Omar El-Sharif)
Born: 4/10/1932
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Already a star of Egyptian films, Sharif came to international prominence for his role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He starred in Genghis Khan (1965) and then in Dr. Zhivago (1965), a role that won a Golden Globe award and remains a classic of bittersweet romance. He played starring roles in the films Che! (1969), Funny Lady (1975), The Rainbow Thief (1990), Mayrig (1991) and numerous TV movies, including Peter the Great (1986). Sharif is also a world-class bridge player.

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