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Overview (1)

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born to a Jewish mother and Muslim father, Omar Sharif Jr. was given his name by his iconic grandfather. With maternal grandparents who were Holocaust survivors and paternal grandparents who were famous actors, Omar was assured a colorful life. As a child, he shuttled frequently between his birthplace of Montreal, Paris and Cairo. Omar obtained both a Master's Degree in Comparative Politics from The London School of Economics and a degree in Performing Arts from The Lee Strasberg Institute by the age of 26.

Omar balanced his studies with living the life of an irresponsible socialite: He Garnered considerable attention from international ad and spokesperson campaigns for Calvin Klein and Coca-Cola, as well as from his celebrity relationships. In 2007, he was offered a role in a hit Egyptian TV series, which piqued his interest in "the family business". He then went on to film two Arabic language films - most notably Hassan wa Morcus with his grandfather.

At the 83rd Annual Academy Awards he was invited to be the sole male trophy presenter, and performed a memorable comedic sketch with screen legend Kirk Douglas.

In 2013, shortly after the Muslim Brotherhood was elected to parliament in Egypt, Omar published an open letter in The Advocate, in which he came out as gay and half-Jewish and questioned the new Egyptian government's commitment to basic human rights and diversity. He is the first public personality to ever come out as openly gay in the Arab World. He immediately faced a barrage of condemnation, criticism and threats of violence.

From 2013 to 2015, Omar served as National Spokesperson for GLAAD; an organization which serves to promote LGBT equality by ensuring positive media portrayals of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community. He currently serves as Ambassador for the Human Rights Foundation and travels extensively promoting freedom.

In 2015, Omar was hired by six-time Oscar nominated director Jim Sheridan to act opposite Eric Bana and Rooney Mara in The Secret Scripture. In 2016, they collaborated again on 11th Hour, with Salma Hayek, in an artistic response to the global politics of division. The film was selected by the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017.

Omar is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew and Yiddish.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: SCMC

Trivia (8)

Grandson of Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama.
Speaks perfect English, French, Hebrew, Arabic and Yiddish; Conversational Spanish.
Holds a Master's in Comparative Politics (MSc Conflict Studies) from The London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen's University.
Has lived in Cairo, Paris, London, Montreal, New York City and Los Angeles.
He was the face of Coca-Cola in the Arabic world in 2006.
Did a major Calvin Klein print campaign for Egypt (2008).
Voted one of 100 Most Compelling People of the Year (Out Magazine, 2013).
Son of Tarek Sharif.

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