Omar Sharif

  • Birth Name: Michel Demitri Shalhoub
  • Birth Place: Alexandria, Egypt
  • Died: July 10, 2015
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Studied mathematics and physics in college, then worked for his family's lumber business after graduating.
  • Began acting in Egyptian movies in 1954; costarred with wife Faten Hamama in several films.
  • Became an international star after appearing in his first English-language film, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), for which he received an Oscar nomination; followed by such blockbusters as Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968).
  • An expert at bridge; played bridge professionally and wrote several books about the game.
  • Was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by UNESCO in 2005, for his contributions to world film and cultural diversity.


  • 1963, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actor: Winner
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1966, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1962, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
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  • 2003, Venice Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement: Winner


  • Faten Hamama — Ex-wife
  • Tarek Sharif — Son
  • Joseph Shalhoub — Father
  • Claire (Saada) Shalhoub — Mother


  • Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
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