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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 »

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(age 83) in Cairo, Egypt

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Known For

Doctor Zhivago
(1965)
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia Sherif Ali
(1962)
Hidalgo
Hidalgo Sheikh Riyadh
(2004)
The 13th Warrior
The 13th Warrior Melchisidek
(1999)

Filmography

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 2013 Rock the Casbah
Moulay Hassan Ben Amor
 2009 Al Mosafer
 2009 The Last Templar (TV Mini-Series)
Konstantine
- 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)
Raouf
- Episode #1.8 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.9 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.5 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.7 (2007) ... Raouf
- Episode #1.6 (2007) ... Raouf
 2006 Kronprinz Rudolf (TV Movie)
Hans Canon
 2006 The Ten Commandments (TV Mini-Series)
Jethro
- 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)
Narrator
 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
Victor
 2001 Censor
 2000 Going Public (Video)
 1998 Mysteries of Egypt (Documentary)
Grandfather
 1997 Heaven Before I Die
Khalil Gibran
 1996 Ça-Va? (Short)
 1996 Catherine the Great (TV Movie)
Razumovsky
 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)
Hagop
- 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
Hagop
 1991 Mother
Hagop
 1991 Il principe del deserto (TV Mini-Series)
Emir Beni-Zair
 1990 The Rainbow Thief
Dima
 1990 Viaggio d'amore
Rico
 1990 Mountains of the Moon
Arab chief in Cairo (uncredited)
 1990 Le roi de Patagonie (TV Mini-Series)
Le Consul d'Aninot / Le consul d'Aninot
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... 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
Jonathan
 1988 Les pyramides bleues
Alex
 1987 Grand Larceny (TV Movie)
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)
McCorquodale
 1985 Vicious Circle (TV Movie)
Garcin
 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
Bart
 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
Pierre
 1971 The Burglars
Abel Zacharia
 1971 The Horsemen
Uraz
 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
Davich
 1964 Behold a Pale Horse
Francisco
 1961 Fi baitina rajul
Ibrahim
 1961 Ishayat hub
Hussien
 1961 Nahr el hub
Khalid
 1960 Lawet el hub
 1960 Nahna el talamiza
Adel
 1959 Fadiha fil Zamalek
Ahmed
 1959 Maweed maa maghoul
Magdi
 1959 Min ajal emraa
Shokri
 1959 Sayedat el kasr
Adel
 1959 Seraa fil Nil
Muhassab
 1958 Ghaltet habibi
Salah
 1958 Shatie el asrar
Mamdoh
 1958 Goha
Goha (as Omar Cherif)
 1957 Ard el salam
Ahmed
 1957 La anam
Aziz
 1956 Siraa Fil-Mina
Ragab
 1956 The Lebanese Mission
Mokrir (as Omar Cherif)
 1955 Ayyamine el helwa
Ahmed
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Other Works:

Videogame: "Omar Sharif Bridge." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Omar Cherif | Omar Shariff

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

I was a lonely man living out of suitcases in hotels and when you arrive in a new place and you don't know anyone, the only place where you can go if you're a well known person to have dinner alone is a casino. You go to the casino, have dinner by yourself, no one criticizes you and then you play a little bit to give yourself some emotion to fight the boredom of being by yourself, get some ... See more »

Trivia:

When Omar Sharif signed on with Sam Spiegel to do Lawrence of Arabia (1962), it was a seven picture deal at $15,000 per film, which the producer convinced him was the standard rate at the time. The others were Doctor Zhivago (1965), Behold a Pale Horse (1964), The Night of the Generals (1967), Genghis Khan (1965), Mackenna's Gold (1969) and Funny Girl (1968). See more »

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Aries

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