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Omar Sharif (1932–2015)

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 ... See full bio »


(age 83) in Cairo, Egypt

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Doctor Zhivago
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali
Hidalgo Sheikh Riyadh
The 13th Warrior
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 2013 Rock the Casbah
Moulay Hassan Ben Amor
 2009 Al Mosafer
 2009 The Last Templar (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2009) ... Konstantine
- Episode #1.1 (2009) ... Konstantine
 2008 Hassan wa Morcus
Hassan / Morcus
 2008 10,000 BC
Narrator (voice)
 2007 Hanan Wa Haneen (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.3 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.1 (2007) ... Raouf
 2006 Kronprinz Rudolf (TV Movie)
Hans Canon
 2006 The Ten Commandments (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (2006) ... Jethro
- Episode #1.1 (2006) ... Jethro
 2006 Fire at My Heart
Principe Nicola
 2005 San Pietro (TV Movie)
San Pietro
 2005 The Search for Eternal Egypt (TV Movie)
 2003-2004 Petits mythes urbains (TV Series)
Le chauffeur de taxi
- Le piège (2004) ... Le chauffeur de taxi
- Une nuit inoubliable (2004) ... Le chauffeur de taxi
- Égaré (2004) ... Le chauffeur de taxi
- À tout prendre (2004) ... Le chauffeur de taxi
- Un bon père de famille (2004) ... Le chauffeur de taxi
 2001 Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (TV Movie)
The King
 2001 The Parole Officer
 2001 Censor
 2000 Going Public (Video)
 1998 Mysteries of Egypt (Documentary)
 1997 Heaven Before I Die
Khalil Gibran
 1996 Ça-Va? (Short)
 1996 Catherine the Great (TV Movie)
 1996 Gulliver's Travels (TV Mini-Series)
The Sorcerer
- Episode #1.2 (1996) ... The Sorcerer
 1994 Lie Down with Lions (TV Movie)
Safar Khan
 1993 Mother (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... Hagop
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... Hagop
 1992 Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris (TV Movie)
Marquis Hippolite
 1992 Tengoku no Taizai
Tsai Mang Hua
 1992 Beyond Justice
Emir Beni-Zair
 1992 Mother
 1991 Mother
 1991 Il principe del deserto (TV Mini-Series)
Emir Beni-Zair
 1990 The Rainbow Thief
 1990 Viaggio d'amore
 1990 Mountains of the Moon
Arab chief in Cairo (uncredited)
 1990 Le roi de Patagonie (TV Mini-Series)
Le Consul d'Aninot
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Le Consul d'Aninot
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Le Consul d'Aninot
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Le Consul d'Aninot
 1989 Quattro piccole donne (TV Series)
 1989 The Puppeteer
Mohamed Gad El Kareem
 1988 Keys to Freedom
 1988 Les pyramides bleues
 1987 Grand Larceny
Rashid Saud
 1986 The Mind of David Berglas (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1986)
 1986 Harem (TV Movie)
Sultan Hassan
 1985 Edge of the Wind (TV Movie)
 1985 Vicious Circle (TV Movie)
 1983 Ayoub
 1983 La Martingale (TV Movie)
Alex Joski
 1981 Inchon
Indian Brigadier (uncredited)
 1981 Green Ice
Meno Argenti
 1980 Pleasure Palace (TV Movie)
Louie Lefevre
 1980 Oh Heavenly Dog
 1980 S+H+E: Security Hazards Expert
Baron Cesare Magnasco
 1979 Bloodline
Ivo Palazzi
 1979 Ashanti
Prince Hassan
 1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Egyptian Assassin (uncredited)
 1976 Crime and Passion
Andre Ferren
 1974 Juggernaut
Captain Alex Brunel
 1974 The Tamarind Seed
Feodor Sverdlov
 1972 Le droit d'aimer
 1971 The Burglars
Abel Zacharia
 1971 The Horsemen
 1969 Trois hommes sur un cheval
Un turfiste (uncredited)
 1969 Che!
Che Guevara
 1969 The Appointment
Federico Fendi
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
John Colorado
 1967 C'era una volta
Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
 1965 El mamalik
 1965 Marco the Magnificent
Sheik Alla Hou, 'The Desert Wind'
 1964 The Yellow Rolls-Royce
 1964 Behold a Pale Horse
 1961 Fi baitina rajul
 1961 Ishayat hub
 1961 Nahr el hub
 1960 Lawet el hub
 1960 Nahna el talamiza
 1959 Fadiha fil Zamalek
 1959 Maweed maa maghoul
 1959 Min ajal emraa
 1959 Sayedat el kasr
 1959 Seraa fil Nil
 1958 Ghaltet habibi
 1958 Shatie el asrar
 1958 Goha
Goha (as Omar Cherif)
 1957 Ard el salam
 1957 La anam
 1956 Siraa Fil-Mina
 1956 The Lebanese Mission
Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
 1955 Ayyamine el helwa
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Alternate Names:

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I stopped making movies because for the last twenty five years I've been making a lot of rubbish because I was in debt all the time. You know I used to gamble quite a bit and then I was always broke. I was always one film behind my debts and so at some point you know I had to work all the time to support my family and myself and all my expensive tastes and then I decided that it became ridiculous... See more »


Bollywood movie star Dilip Kumar was initially offered the role of Sherif Ali . He declined the role after which David Lean offered it to Omar Sharif which subsequently catapulted him onto the world scene. Sharif was supposed to play the role of Tafas who is shot by Sherif Ali in his introductory desert sequence. See more »

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