Omar Sharif, Star of 'Doctor Zhivago', Dies at 83

by Jackie Willis 11:22 AM PDT, July 10, 2015
Playing Omar Sharif, Star of 'Doctor Zhivago', Dies at 83

Renowned actor Omar Sharif passed away on Friday, July 10, at the age of 83.

His agent, Steve Kenis, told The Telegraph that Sharif had a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. He was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease. 

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The Egyptian actor, born Michel Demetri Chalhoub, is best known for his roles as Sherif Ali in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia and Yuri Zhivago in the 1965 flick Doctor Zhivago. His role as Sherif Ali won him two Golden Globes and earned him an Oscar nomination, while his third Golden Globe came for playing Yuri.

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He went onto star alongside Barbara Streisand in 1968's Funny Girl as Fanny Brice’s husband, Nicky Arnstein.

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According to IMDB, his last role was in a short, 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham, which reportedly is still in post production.

While he was an exceptional actor, Sharif also had another impressive talent. He is one of the top 10 best bridge players in the world.

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Sharif also has a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University.