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Omar Sharif was an Egyptian Film and Television Actor. He is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions and also in “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962), “Doctor Zhivago” (1965) and “Funny Girl” (1968).


Name               : Omar Sharif

Real Name      : Michael Demitri Shalloub

Born                : 10 April, 1932 

Birth Place      : Alexandria, Egypt

Height             : 5′ 11″ (1.8 m)

Horoscope       : Aries

Occupation      : Actor, Producer

Years Active   : 1954 – 2015

Nationality      : Egyptian

Died                : July 10, 2015

Death Place     : Cairo, Egypt

Spouse             : Faten Hamama (1955 – 1974)

Education and Career:

Omar Sharif completed his graduation from Alexandria’s Victoria College and then studied at Cairo University in mathematics and physics. He started his acting career in 1953 with a role in the film “Struggle in the Valley” alongside Faten Hamama. After this film, they work together in several films, including “Ayyamna El Helwa” (1955), “La Anam” (1958), “Sayedat El Kasr” (1959) and “The River of Love” (1961).

Although he lived abroad for many years, Sharif played a role in Egyptian Radio Broadcasting in the works, including “Nose and Three Eyes” and “Forbidden Love”. His English language film debut was “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1962, where he played the role of Sherif Ali. His role of Sherif Ali gave him a Best Supporting Actor nomination in Oscar, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, Most Promising Newcomer award, and worldwide recognition as the first leading Arabic actor in the world.

In 1965, Sharif played the title role in the film “Doctor Zhivago”, with his son Tarek, who played the role of Yuri at the age 8. He also appeared in “Funny Girl” (1968) with Barbra Streisand.  


  • Rock the Casbah 
  • A Castle in Italy 
  • I Forgot to Tell You 
  • The Traveler 
  • Hassan wa Morcus 
  • One Night with the King 
  • Fire at My Heart 
  • Hidalgo 
  • Monsieur Ibrahim 
  • Censor 
  • Heaven Before I Die 
  • Beyond Justice 
  • Mother 
  • The Rainbow Thief 
  • The Puppeteer 
  • Keys to Freedom 
  • Grand Larceny 
  • Top Secret! 
  • Ayoub 
  • Inchon 
  • Green Ice 
  • Oh Heavenly Dog 
  • The Baltimore Bullet 
  • Bloodline 
  • Ashanti 
  • The Pink Panther Strikes Again 
  • Crime and Passion 
  • Juggernaut 
  • The Tamarind Seed 
  • The Mysterious Island 
  • The Burglars 
  • The Horsemen 
  • The Last Valley 
  • Three Men on a Horse 
  • Che! 
  • The Appointment 
  • Mackenna’s Gold 
  • Mayerling 
  • Funny Girl 
  • More Than a Miracle 
  • The Mamelukes 
  • Doctor Zhivago 
  • Marco the Magnificent 
  • Genghis Khan 
  • Behold a Pale Horse
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire 
  • Lawrence of Arabia 
  • My Only Love 
  • The River of Love 
  • Agony of Love 
  • Lady of the Castle 
  • Scandal in Zamalek 
  • Struggle on the Nile 
  • Hidden Shore 
  • Goha 
  • Land of Peace 
  • Sleepless 
  • Dark Waters 
  • Our Best Days 
  • Siraa Fil-Wadi 
  • Devil of the Sahara 

Personal Life:

Omar Sharif was born in Alexandria as Michael Demitri Shalloub to a wealthy Egyptian Catholic family. Omar Sharif converted to Islam in 1955 and then married Egyptian actress Faten Hamama and they have one son Tarek and they divorced in 1966.


Omar Sharif had a heart attack and died on 10 July, 2015 in Cairo hospital

Omar Sharif

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