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Omar Sherif

Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف; born Michel Yusef Dimitri Chalhoub, 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor, generally regarded as one of his country's greatest male film stars. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in British, American, French, and Italian productions. His career encompassed over 100 films spanning 50 years, and brought him many accolades including three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award for Best Actor. Sharif played opposite Peter O'Toole as Sherif Ali in the David Lean epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962), which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and portrayed the title role in Lean's Doctor Zhivago (1965), earning him the Golden Globe for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama. He continued to play romantic leads, in films like Funny Girl (1968) and The Tamarind Seed (1974), and historical figures like the eponymous characters in Genghis Khan (1965) and Che! (1969). His acting career continued well into old age, with a well-received turn as a Muslim Turkish immigrant in the French film Monsieur Ibrahim (2003). He made his final film appearance in 2015, the year of his death. Sharif spoke five languages: Arabic, English, French, Italian and Spanish. He bridled at travel restrictions imposed by the government of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to self-exile in Europe. He was a lifelong horse racing enthusiast, and at one time ranked among the world's top contract bridge players. He was the recipient of high civil honors from multiple countries, including the Egyptian Order of Merit and the French Legion of Honour. He was one of only 25 grantees of UNESCO's Sergei Eisenstein Medal, in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity.

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Apr 10, 1932 In Alexandria, Egypt
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Bambi Awards 1948-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Indiana Jones: The Search for the Lost Golden Age 2021-05-07
Known For
Poster of 10,000 BC
Poster of One Night with the King
Poster of Hidalgo
Poster of Che!
Movie Indiana Jones: The Search for the Lost Golden Age Self - Actor (archive footage) 2021-05-07
Series TV Story Superstar Self (archive footage) 2020-01-23
Movie Omar Sharif: Citizen of the World Self - Actor / Various Roles (archive footage) 2020-02-15
Movie Rock the Casbah Moulay Hassan 2013-09-11
Movie A Castle in Italy Omar Sharif 2013-10-30
Movie Belmondo: Il était une fois le beau monde Self 2011-10-25
Movie J'ai oublié de te dire Jaume 2010-03-12
Series The Last Templar Konstantine 2009-01-25
Movie La Traversée du désir Self 2009-03-16
Movie A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics Himself 2009-12-20
Movie The Traveller Hassan 2009-06-25
Movie 10,000 BC Narrator (voice) 2008-03-04
Movie Hassan and Marcus Unknown 2008-07-03
Movie Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs Presenter 2007-09-24
Series The Ten Commandments Jethro 2006-04-10
Movie Fire at My Heart Principe Nicola 2006-01-01
Series Kronprinz Rudolf Hans Canon 2006-04-30
Movie The Crown Prince Hans Canon 2006-09-29
Movie One Night with the King Prince Memucan 2006-10-10
Movie Shaka Zulu: The Citadel The King 2005-05-03
Movie St. Peter San Pietro 2005-10-24
Series St. Peter Pietro 2005-10-24
Movie Hidalgo Sheikh Riyadh 2004-02-04
Movie Looking for Sophia Himself 2004-09-17
Movie Monsieur Ibrahim Monsieur Ibrahim 2003-09-17
Movie The Making of 'Lawrence of Arabia' Self (archive footage) 2003-09-22
Movie Pyramid Nakht (voice) 2002-10-28
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie The Parole Officer Victor 2001-08-10
Movie Going Public 2000-01-01
Movie The Making of Lawrence of Arabia Self 2000-01-01
Movie Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend Narrator 1999-03-14
Movie The 13th Warrior Melchisidek 1999-08-13
Movie Mysteries of Egypt Grandfather 1998-01-01
Series Vivement dimanche Self 1998-09-20
Movie Heaven Before I Die Khalil Gibran 1997-01-01
Series Gulliver's Travels Sorcerer 1996-02-04
Movie Ingrid Bergman Remembered Self (archive footage) 1996-04-06
Movie Catherine the Great Razumovsky 1996-04-28
Movie Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt Narrator 1996-10-09
Series Viva el lunes Self 1995-10-16
Movie The Rainbow Thief Dima 1994-01-19
Movie Lie Down with Lions Safar Khan 1994-06-12
Movie Laughter, Joy, Work and Love Unknown 1993-11-29
Movie 588 rue Paradis Hagop 1992-01-14
Movie Heavenly Sin Unknown 1992-10-03
Movie Beyond Justice Emir Beni-Zair 1992-12-02
Movie Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris Marquis Hippolite 1992-12-27
Movie Desert Law Emir Beni-Zair 1991-03-19
Movie Citizen Masrey Unknown 1991-01-01
Series Memories of Midnight Constantin Demiris 1991-11-25
Movie Mother Hagop 1991-11-27
Movie Mountains of the Moon Arab Chief in Cairo (uncredited) 1990-02-16
Movie Journey of Love Rico 1990-12-07
Movie The Puppeteer محمد جاد الكريم 1989-12-18
Movie The Possessed Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky 1988-02-24
Movie Keys to Freedom Jonathan 1988-01-01
Movie Les pyramides bleues Unknown 1988-01-02
Series Harem Sultan Hassan 1986-02-09
Series Peter the Great Prince Feodor Romodanovsky 1986-02-02
Movie Harem Sultan Hassan 1986-02-09
Series Anastasia - The Mystery of Anna Czar Nicholas II 1986-12-07
Movie David Lean: A Life in Film Self 1985-01-01
Movie Vicious Circle Garcin 1985-04-28
Series The Mind of David Berglas Unknown 1985-12-25
Series The Far Pavilions Koda Dad 1984-04-22
Movie Top Secret! Agent Cedric 1984-06-08
Movie La Martingale Alex Joski 1983-10-13
Movie Ayoub ayoub 1983-07-07
Series Wogan Self 1982-05-04
Movie Inchon Indian Brigadier 1982-09-17
Movie Green Ice Meno Argenti 1981-05-01
Movie S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert Baron Cesare Magnasco 1980-02-23
Movie The Baltimore Bullet The Deacon 1980-04-01
Movie Pleasure Palace Louie Lefevre 1980-10-22
Movie Oh Heavenly Dog Bart 1980-07-11
Movie Ashanti Prince Hassan 1979-02-21
Movie Bloodline Ivo Palazzi 1979-06-29
Series 30 millions d'amis Self 1976-01-06
Movie Crime and Passion Andre Ferren 1976-02-06
Movie The Pink Panther Strikes Again Egyptian Assassin (uncredited) 1976-12-15
Movie Funny Lady Nicky Arnstein 1975-03-15
Series Numéro un Self - Host 1975-04-05
Movie The Tamarind Seed Feodor Sverdlov 1974-07-11
Movie Juggernaut Captain Alex Brunel 1974-09-25
Movie The Mysterious Island Captain Nemo 1973-03-17
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Self 1973-04-02
Series Mysterious Island Captain Nemo 1973-12-17
Series Le Grand Échiquier Self 1972-01-12
Movie The Right to Love Pierre 1972-08-15
Series Samedi soir Self 1971-01-09
Series Cadet Rousselle Self 1971-11-04
Movie The Last Valley Vogel 1971-01-28
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Self 1971-05-09
Movie The Burglars Abel Zacharia 1971-10-27
Movie The Horsemen Uraz 1971-08-16
Movie The Appointment Federico Fendi 1969-05-22
Movie Mackenna's Gold Colorado 1969-03-18
Movie Che! Che Guevara 1969-06-27
Movie Funny Girl Nick Arnstein 1968-09-19
Movie Mayerling Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria 1968-10-31
Movie The Night of the Generals Major Grau 1967-01-29
Movie More Than a Miracle Prince Rodrigo Fernandez 1967-10-19
Movie Poppies Are Also Flowers Dr. Rad 1966-05-20
Movie Genghis Khan Genghis Khan / Temujin 1965-04-15
Movie The Car That Became a Star Davich (archiveFootage) 1965-01-01
Movie Marco the Magnificent Sheik Alla Hou 1965-08-06
Movie Doctor Zhivago Dr. Yuri Zhivago 1965-12-22
Movie The Mamluks Unknown 1965-10-04
Movie Moscow in Madrid Self 1965-12-31
Series Die Drehscheibe Self 1964-04-01
Movie The Fall of the Roman Empire Sohamus 1964-03-24
Movie Behold a Pale Horse Francisco 1964-08-14
Movie The Yellow Rolls-Royce Davich 1964-12-31
Movie Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali 1962-12-11
Movie I Love My Master Unknown 1961-02-13
Movie A Man in Our House Ibrahim Mohammed 1961-04-17
Movie The River of Love Khalid 1960-01-02
Movie My Only Love 1960-10-03
Movie Lawaat Al-Hub 1960-10-01
Movie Eshaet Hob Hussien 1960-11-20
Movie A Beginning And An Ending Unknown 1960-10-31
Movie For the Sake of a Woman Shokri 1959-01-01
Movie Rendezvous with a Stranger Magdi 1959-01-01
Movie We the Students Unknown 1959-01-02
Movie Goha Goha 1959-05-06
Movie Scandal in Zamalek Unknown 1959-01-23
Movie Struggle on the Nile Muhassab 1959-10-18
Movie Beach of Secrets Mamduh Ezzat 1958-02-03
Movie Sayedat el kasr Adel 1958-11-17
Movie Ghaltet Habibi Salah 1958-04-14
Movie Land of Peace Unknown 1957-01-02
Movie Sleepless Aziz 1957-10-31
Movie Dark Waters Ragab 1956-01-16
Movie The Lebanese Mission Mokrir 1956-09-12
Movie Our Best Days 1955-05-29
Movie The Devil of the Desert Essam 1954-12-27
Movie The Blazing Sun Ahmed 1954-03-01
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-19
Series Bambi Awards Self 1948-01-01