Omar Sharif

BirthDay:

10 Apr 1932

BirthPlace:

Alexandria, Egypt

BirthName:

Michel Demetri Shalhoub

Bio:

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian 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 (Saada). 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 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 died of a heart attack on July 10, 2015, in Cairo, Egypt.
Filmography

Actor ( 165 credits )

A Castle in Italy (2013) Omar Sharif
Rock the Casbah (2013) Moulay Hassan
Chasing Mummies (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
I Forgot to Tell You (2009) Jaume
The Traveller (2009)
La traversée du désir (2009) Himself
Cinémas (2009)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Hassan wa Morcus (2008) Hassan / Morcus
10,000 BC (2008) Narrator (voice)
Séries express (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
La tele de tu vida (2007)  Prince Feodor Romodanovsky (archive footage) (1 episod
One Night with the King (2006) Prince Memucan
Fire at My Heart (2006) Principe Nicola
The Ten Commandments (2006)  Jethro (2 episodes, 2006)
Filmmakers vs. Tycoons (2005) Sherif Ali (in 'Lawrence of Arabia') (archive footage)
Dancing with the Stars (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
20 to 1 (2005)  Yuri (1 episode, 2010)
Hidalgo (2004) Sheikh Riyadh
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Monsieur Ibrahim (2003) Monsieur Ibrahim Deneji
Imagine (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Il était une fois... (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Petits mythes urbains (2003)  Taxi driver / ... (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
La méthode Cauet (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Double je (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Parole Officer (2001) Victor
Censor (2001)
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Ombre et lumière (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Legends (2000)  Himself (unknown episodes)
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde (2000)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The 13th Warrior (1999) Melchisidek
Mysteries of Egypt (1998) Grandfather
Tout le monde en parle (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2003)
Comme au cinéma (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
Heaven Before I Die (1997) Khalil Gibran
Corazón de... (1997)  Dr. Yuri Zhivago / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
Umm Kulthum (1996) Narrator (voice)
Magacine (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
Lebanon... Imprisoned Splendour (1996) Himself
Ça-Va? (1996)
Aquí no hay quien duerma (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Vaya nochecita (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
What's the Bet? (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1995)
Parabéns (1993)  Guest / ... (unknown episodes)
Encantada de la vida (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Laughter, Games, Seriousness and Love (1993)
Beyond Justice (1992) Emir Beni-Zair
Tengoku no Taizai (1992) Tsai Mang Hua
Mother (1992) Hagop
Querida Concha (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Mother (1991) Hagop
Al-moaten Masry (1991)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
The Rainbow Thief (1990) Dima
Viaggio d'amore (1990) Rico
Mountains of the Moon (1990) Arab chief in Cairo (uncredited)
Northern Exposure (1990)  Yuri (archive footage) (uncredited) (1 episode, 1991)
The Pat Sajak Show (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
Quattro piccole donne (1989)
Clive James' Postcard from... (1989)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
The Puppeteer (1989) Mohamed Gad El Kareem
Les pyramides bleues (1988) Alex
Les possédés (1988) Stepan
Keys to Freedom (1988) Jonathan
Grand Larceny (1987) Rashid Saud
Universum (1987)  Himself (uncredited) (1 episode, 2011)
Le divan (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
The Mind of David Berglas (1986) (1 episode, 1986)
C'est encore mieux l'après-midi (1985)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Top Secret! (1984) Agent Cedric
Gran premio internazionale della TV (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Àngel Casas Show (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Aspel & Company (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 1986)
Ayoub (1983)
Champs-Elysées (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
Mardi cinéma (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1984)
Green Ice (1981) Meno Argenti
Inchon (1981) Indian Brigadier (uncredited)
Oh Heavenly Dog (1980) Bart
The Baltimore Bullet (1980) The Deacon
S.H.E: Security Hazards Expert (1980) Baron Cesare Magnasco
Bloodline (1979) Ivo Palazzi
Ashanti (1979) Prince Hassan
The South Bank Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1985)
The Jim Nabors Show (1978)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Over Easy (1977)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
Crime and Passion (1976) Andre Ferren
La nuit des Césars (1976)  Himself (2 episodes, 1980-2004)
Saturday Night at the Mill (1976)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
Funny Lady (1975) Nicky Arnstein
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Numéro 1 (1975)  Himself / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1981)
The Stanley Siegel Show (1975)  Himself
Juggernaut (1974) Captain Alex Brunel
The Tamarind Seed (1974) Feodor Sverdlov
The Mysterious Island (1973) Captain Nemo
Le droit d'aimer (1972) Pierre
The Burglars (1971) Abel Zacharia
The Horsemen (1971) Uraz
The Last Valley (1971) Vogel
V.I.P.-Schaukel (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1974)
The Festival Game (1970)
The Appointment (1969) Federico Fendi
Three Men on a Horse (1969) Un turfiste (uncredited)
Che! (1969) Che Guevara
Mackenna's Gold (1969) Colorado
This Is Your Life (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1989)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Della (1969)  Himself (1 episode, 1970)
Vienna: The Years Remembered (1968) Himself (uncredited)
Mayerling (1968) Archduke Rudolf
Funny Girl (1968) Nick Arnstein
This Is Streisand (1968) Himself / Nicky Arnstein
Lionpower from MGM (1967) (archive footage) (uncredited)
More Than a Miracle (1967) Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
The Night of the Generals (1967) Major Grau
Donahue (1967)  Himself (1 episode, 1977)
The Joey Bishop Show (1967)  Himself (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) Dr. Rad
Zhivago: Behind the Camera with David Lean (1966) Himself
Pasternak (1965) Himself
The Car That Became a Star (1965) Davich (archive footage)
Moscow in Madrid (1965) Himself
The Mamelukes (1965)
Marco the Magnificent (1965) Sheik Alla Hou, 'The Desert Wind'
Doctor Zhivago (1965) Yuri
Genghis Khan (1965) Temujin-Genghis Khan
The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964) Davich
Behold a Pale Horse (1964) Francisco
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) Sohamus
Die Drehscheibe (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
Cinema (1964)  Himself (1 episode, 1967)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) Sherif Ali
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1980)
Girl Talk (1962)  Himself (1 episode, 1969)
The River of Love (1961) Khalid
There Is a Man in Our House (1961) Ibrahim
The Agony of Love (1961)
I Love My Master (1961)
The River of Love (1961) Khalid
My Only Love (1961)
The Beginning and the End (1960)
We the Students (1960) Adel
Agony of Love (1960)
Rendezvous with a Stranger (1959) (as Omar El-Cherif)
Struggle on the Nile (1959) Muhassab
Lady of the Castle (1959) Adel
Gala de l'union (1959)  Himself (1 episode, 1971)
Scandal in Zamalek (1959) Ahmed
For the Sake of a Woman (1959) Shokri
Goha (1958) Goha (as Omar Cherif)
The Fault of My Love (1958)
Hidden Shore (1958)
Sleepless (1957) Aziz
Land of Peace (1957) Ahmed
Dark Waters (1956) Ragab
The Lebanese Mission (1956) Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
Cinépanorama (1956)  Himself (1 episode, 1963)
Our Best Days (1955) Ahmed
Siraa Fil-Wadi (1954) Ahmed
Devil of the Sahara (1954)
I've Got a Secret (1952)  Guest star (1 episode, 1965)
Victrix (0) Abbot Lucan

Producer ( 1 credit )

The Sun Will Never Set (1962) co-producer

Writer ( 1 credit )

Petits mythes urbains (2003) (unknown episodes)