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Omar Sharif is a Actor and Producer Egyptien born on 10 april 1932 at Alexandria (Egypte)

Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif
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Birth name Michel Dimitri Chalhoub
Nationality Egypte
Birth 10 april 1932 at Alexandria (Egypte)
Death 10 july 2015 (at 83 years) at Cairo (Egypte)
Awards César Award

Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريـف‎, [ˈʕomɑɾˤ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb]; 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both British and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award.

Sharif, who spoke Arabic, English, Greek, French, Spanish and Italian fluently, was often cast as a foreigner of some sort. He bridled at travel restrictions imposed during the reign of Egypt's Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to self-exile in Europe. The estrangement this caused led to an amicable divorce from his wife, the iconic Egyptian actress Faten Hamama. He had converted to Islam in order to marry her. He was a lifelong horse racing enthusiast, and at one time ranked among the world's top contract bridge players.


Family and personal relationships
Sharif lived in his native Egypt from his birth in 1932 until he moved to Europe in 1965. He recounted that in 1932, his father "wasn't a wealthy man", but "earned quite a bit of money". Before the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, King Farouk frequented Sharif's family home, and became a friend and card-game partner of Sharif's mother. His mother was an elegant and charming hostess who was all too delighted with the association because it gave her the privilege of "consorting only with the elite" of Egyptian society. Sharif also recounted that his father's timber business was very successful during that time, in ways that Sharif describes as dishonest or immoral. By contrast, after 1952, Sharif stated that wealth changed hands in Egypt, under Nasser's nationalisation policies. His father's business "took a beating".

In 1954 Sharif starred in the film Struggle in the Valley opposite Faten Hamama, who shared a kiss with him, although she had previously refused to kiss on screen. The two fell in love; Sharif converted to Islam and married her. They had one son, Tarek Sharif, born in 1957 in Egypt, who appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri at the age of eight. The couple separated in 1966 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1974. Sharif never remarried; he stated that since his divorce, he had never fallen in love with another woman.

The Nasser government imposed travel restrictions in the form of "exit visas", so Sharif's travel to take part in international films was sometimes impeded, which he could not tolerate. These travel restrictions influenced Sharif's decision to remain in Europe between his film shoots, a decision that cost him his marriage to Faten Hamama, though they remained friends. It was a major crossroads in Sharif's life and changed him from an established family man to a lifelong bachelor living in European hotels. When commenting about his fame and life in Hollywood, Sharif said, "It gave me glory, but it gave me loneliness also. And a lot of missing my own land, my own people and my own country". When Sharif's affair with Barbra Streisand was made public in the Egyptian press, his Egyptian citizenship was almost withdrawn by the Egyptian government because of Streisand's Jewish descent and vocal support of Israel, which was then in a state of war with Egypt.

Sharif became friends with Peter O'Toole during the making of Lawrence of Arabia. They appeared in several other films together and remained close friends. He was also good friends with Egyptologist Zahi Hawass. Actor and friend Tom Courtenay revealed in an interview for the July 19, 2008 edition of BBC Radio's Test Match Special that Sharif supported Hull City Association Football Club and in the 1970s he would telephone their automated scoreline from his home in Paris for score updates. Sharif was given an honorary degree by the University of Hull in 2010 and he used the occasion to meet Hull City football player Ken Wagstaff. Sharif also had an interest in horse racing spanning more than 50 years. He had a long friendship with racehorse trainer David Smaga and Sharif was often seen at French racecourses, with Deauville-La Touques Racecourse being his favourite. Sharif's horses won a number of important races and he had his best successes with Don Bosco, who won the Prix Gontaut-Biron, Prix Perth and Prix du Muguet. He also wrote for a French horse racing magazine.

In later life, Sharif lived mostly in Cairo with his family. In addition to his son, he had two grandsons, Omar (born 1983 in Montreal) and Karim. The younger Omar Sharif is also an actor.

Health problems and death
Sharif had a triple heart bypass in 1992 and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994. Until his bypass, Sharif smoked 100 cigarettes a day. He quit smoking after the operation.

In May 2015 it was reported that Sharif was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. His son Tarek Sharif said that his father was becoming confused when remembering some of the biggest films of his career; he would mix up the names of his best-known films, Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, often forgetting where they were filmed.

On 10 July 2015, less than six months after Hamama's death at the same age, Sharif died after suffering a heart attack at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt. He was 83.

On 12 July 2015, Sharif's funeral was held at the Grand Mosque of Mushir Tantawi in eastern Cairo. The funeral was attended by a group of Sharif's relatives, friends and Egyptian actors, his casket draped in the Egyptian flag and a black shroud. His coffin was later taken to the El-Sayeda Nafisa cemetery in southern Cairo, where he was buried.

Best films

10,000 BC (2008)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The 13th Warrior (1999)
Funny Girl (1968)
The Burglars (1971)

Usually with

Faten Hamama
Faten Hamama
(8 films)
David Lean
David Lean
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Omar Sharif (82 films)

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A Castle in Italy, 1h44
Directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about families
Actors Louis Garrel, Xavier Beauvois, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Filippo Timi, Silvio Orlando, André Wilms
Roles Omar Sharif
Rating56% 2.846092.846092.846092.846092.84609
An upper-middle-class family is selling their family home. Meanwhile, Louise meets Nathan while taking care of her brother Ludovic, who is ill.
Rock the Casbah, 1h40
Directed by Laïla Marrakchi
Origin Maroc
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Morjana Alaoui, Nadine Labaki, Lubna Azabal, Hiam Abbass, Omar Sharif, Adel Bencherif
Roles Moulay Hassan
Rating64% 3.245523.245523.245523.245523.24552
After the death of a rich entrepreneur, three very different women spend three days together in memory of him.
J'ai oublié de te dire
Origin France
Genres Drama
Themes Films about euthanasia, Medical-themed films, Peinture
Actors Omar Sharif, Émilie Dequenne, Anne Canovas, Franck Gourlat, Jérôme Pouly, Philippe Laudenbach
Roles Jaume
Rating69% 3.474353.474353.474353.474353.47435
Marie (Émilie Dequenne), une jeune fille sans argent et sans famille, quitte le Nord pour la région de Perpignan. Elle ne possède qu'un don, celui du dessin.
The Traveller, 2h5
Genres Drama
Actors Omar Sharif, Khaled El nabawy, Amr Waked, Cyrine Abdelnour, Basma Hassan
Roles Hassan
Rating59% 2.9543252.9543252.9543252.9543252.954325
Three crucial days in a Hassan's life. First day. Autumn 1948, Port Said, Hassan's first day at work when he receives a telegram and decides to meet the beautiful and thrill-loving Nura by impersonating her long-distant fiance. Hassan manages both to reach the cruise ship on which she is travelling and to charm her, until he impatiently rapes her and then accidentally sets the ship on fire. Second Day. Autumn 1973. Alexandria of Egypt. Hassan is in the city to meet Nadia, Nura's daughter, who is mourning her brother who has just died in a seaside accident. Hassan soon comes to believe he is Nadia's father, and helps engineer her marriage to a halfwit hanger-on. Third Day. Autumn 2001, Cairo. Hassan meets Alì, Nadia's son where he observes numerous similarities with the young man.
La Traversée du désir, 1h11
Directed by Arielle Dombasle
Origin France
Genres Documentary
Actors Arielle Dombasle, Michel Houellebecq, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Fanny Ardant, Pierre Arditi, Fernando Arrabal
Roles Self
Rating63% 3.151053.151053.151053.151053.15105
La Traversée du désir est un film documentaire réalisé par Arielle Dombasle. Caméra au poing, elle a, entre 2001 et 20092, posé singulièrement la même question à bon nombre de personnalités qu'elle a pu croiser : « Quel a été votre premier désir ? ». Le titre est un clin d'œil à l'expression « Traversée du désert ».
The Last Templar, 4h
Directed by Paolo Barzman
Origin Canada
Genres Fantastic, Action, Adventure
Actors Mira Sorvino, Scott Foley, Victor Garber, Omar Sharif, Kenneth Welsh, Anthony Lemke
Roles Konstantin
Rating45% 2.252112.252112.252112.252112.25211
Une grande soirée est organisée au Metropolitan Museum of Art à New York pour présenter en exclusivité les extraordinaires trésors du Vatican. Soudain quatre hommes surgissent dans le musée en costume de Templiers, semant le chaos sur leur passage, et dérobent un des objets exposés.
10,000 BC
10,000 BC (2008)
, 1h49
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, War, Thriller, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films about animals, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Curtis, Omar Sharif, Marco Khan,arm.Մարկո Խան (Մարկո Խանլյան), Affif Ben Badra
Roles Narrator (voice)
Rating51% 2.553782.553782.553782.553782.55378
In the timeframe of 10,000 BC, a tribe of hunter-gatherers called the Yagahl live in a remote mountain range in the Urals and survive by killing woolly mammoths, which they call "mannaks". The camp is led by a hunter who has proven his bravery by killing a Mammoth, and taking the White Spear. The people also strongly venerate an elderly woman, called Old Mother. Because of her different appearance to other humans in the village, it is assumed she is a Neanderthal, the "last of her kind", living with the Homo sapiens of the camp.
Hassan and Marcus
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion
Actors Adel Imam, Omar Sharif, Lebleba, Mohamed Imam
Roles Mahmoud \ Marcus
Rating68% 3.4485553.4485553.4485553.4485553.448555
When the lives of Mahmoud, a Muslim Sheikh (Omar Sharif) and Boulos, a Christian Priest (Adel Emam) are threatened by religious extremists on both sides, the Egyptian government inducts them into a witness protection program that requires them to disguise themselves as the Christian, Marcus Abdel-Shahid, and a Muslim Sheikh, Hassan el-Attar, respectively.
One Night with the King, 2h3
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Tiffany Dupont, John Rhys-Davies, John Noble, Luke Goss, Omar Sharif, James Callis
Roles Prince Memucan
Rating60% 3.001953.001953.001953.001953.00195
The movie is set in Susa, Persia (now Iran). King Xerxes holds a great feast for all the people to attend. Hadassah (the main protagonist) longs to go to Jerusalem to see the Holy Land and prepares to leave with the caravan along with her friend, Jesse. They stop by the King's feast before he goes marching to war to avenge his father’s death. Hadassah and Jesse witness the King summoning Queen Vashti. Queen Vashti was opposed to the war, desiring King Xerxes to enhance his kingdom instead. She holds her own feast in protest to the war. When the king summons her to his own feast, she refuses to come stating, "I am queen, and I will not lower my dignity. Or shame my crown by wearing it before your drunk, and thinly veiled war council". Because of this, King Xerxes is advised to banish her and select a more worthy queen.
The Ten Commandments (TV series), 2h47
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Origin USA
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about slavery, Films about religion, Films based on the Bible, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Dougray Scott, Naveen Andrews, Claire Bloom, Omar Sharif, Silas Carson, Mía Maestro
Roles Jethro
Rating53% 2.652932.652932.652932.652932.65293
Moses's mother, Jochebed, saves her baby from the edict of the Pharaoh that all newborn male Hebrew children must die by placing him in a basket on the Nile River. He is found by the Pharaoh's daughter Bithia and adopted into the royal house.
The Crown Prince, 3h
Directed by Robert Dornhelm
Origin Austria
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Actors Vittoria Puccini, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Sandra Ceccarelli, Robert Stadlober, Omar Sharif, Christian Clavier
Roles Hans Canon
Rating63% 3.17033.17033.17033.17033.1703
Le prince Rodolphe, fils de François-Joseph et de Sissi, est amené à diriger un jour l'empire austro-hongrois. Développant des idées progressistes, et préférant la politique à l'armée, son mariage avec Stephanie de Belgique est un échec, au grand désespoir de ses parents.
St. Peter
St. Peter (2005)

Directed by Giulio Base
Genres Drama, Biography, Historical
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about religion
Actors Omar Sharif, Johannes Brandrup, Flavio Insinna, Daniele Pecci, Sydne Rome, Lina Sastri
Roles San Pietro
Rating68% 3.4334153.4334153.4334153.4334153.433415
Disciple dévoué du Christ, Pierre enseigne le message de l’Évangile à travers le pays d’Israël. Mais certains sont déterminés à le persécuter. Alors que la tension monte entre chrétiens et romains, le sang coule dans les rues. Pierre et le futur Saint Paul se rencontrent alors et nouent une solide amitié qui les conduira à répandre le message du Christ jusqu’à Rome...
Hidalgo (2004)
, 2h16
Directed by Joe Johnston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Action, Adventure, Western
Themes Films about animals, Sports films, Films about horses, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Horse sports in film, Le désert
Actors Viggo Mortensen, Omar Sharif, Saïd Taghmaoui, Zuleikha Robinson, Silas Carson, Adam Alexi-Malle
Roles Sheikh Riyadh
Rating67% 3.351253.351253.351253.351253.35125
In 1891, American Frank Hopkins (Viggo Mortensen) and his mustang, Hidalgo, are part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, where they are advertised as "the world's greatest distance horse and rider". Hopkins had been a famous distance rider, a cowboy, and a dispatch rider for the United States government; in the latter capacity he carried a message to the U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment authorizing the Wounded Knee Massacre of Lakota Sioux.
Monsieur Ibrahim, 1h35
Directed by François Dupeyron
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children
Actors Omar Sharif, Pierre Boulanger, Gilbert Melki, Jérémy Sitbon, Isabelle Renauld, Isabelle Adjani
Roles Monsieur Ibrahim
Rating72% 3.6475253.6475253.6475253.6475253.647525
The film begins in a working-class neighborhood in the Paris of the 1960s. The main character, Moїse Schmidt (Momo), is a young Jewish boy growing up without a mother and with a father afflicted by crippling depression. Momo is fascinated by the elderly Turkish Muslim man, Ibrahim Demirci ([demiɾˈdʒi]), who runs a grocery store across the street from his apartment (where Momo often shoplifts). Their relationship develops and soon Momo feels closer to Ibrahim than to his father. Ibrahim affectionately calls Moїse Momo, and adopts him when his father leaves and commits suicide. Momo and Ibrahim go on a journey to Turkey, Ibrahim's homeland, in their new car (a Simca Aronde Océane) where Momo learns about Ibrahim's culture. Before they can have an big advanture, Ibrahim is killed in a car crash and Momo returns to Paris to take over the shop.