Omar Sharif, Famous Actor behind Lawrence of Arabia Dies at 83
Omar Sharif, Famous Actor behind Lawrence of Arabia Dies at 83:
Famous Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif, also one of the biggest movies stars of the 1960s in the world, dies at 83 years of age. He was mostly remembered for his memorable acting performances in the movies, Lawrence of Arabia, Dr. Zhivago, and Funny Girl.
Even though he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, his agent said that the actor died from a heart attack that occurred on Friday afternoon in one of the Cairo’s hospital.
Sharif was the first Arab actor to acquire worldwide fame, with the success of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia, owing to his charismatic presence in the blockbuster movie. He was also nominated for the Oscars for his acting in the movie.
Slowly after Lawrence of Arabia, he started getting good movie offers and became a busy Hollywood actor. In 1964, he made three films, including The Yellow Rolls Royce, Behold a Pale Horse and three again 1965, including Dr Zhivago, his first lead role in an English-language production for which he also bagged a Golden Globe award.
Due to his foreign gentle accent and dark but good looks, the actor wasn’t an ethnic typecast, as he played very versatile roles, for instance in “Zhivago”, he was a Russian, in “Behold a Pale Horse”, he was a Spaniard, in “Genghis Khan”, a Mongol, in “The Night of Generals”, A German major and a New York Jewish gambler in the “Funny Girl.”