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    Omar Sharif, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ actor, dead at 83.

    Omar Sharif, the legendary Egyptian actor who became an international star in “Lawrence of Arabia,” has died at age 83.

    The "Doctor Zhivago" star suffered a heart attack in a Cairo hospital Friday, his agent Steve Kenis told the BBC.

    His grandson, Omar Sharif Jr., reportedly alerted the media to his death with a Facebook tribute, which has since been deleted.

    Sharif suffered from Alzheimer's disease, his son revealed in May.

    Sharif was born to Syrian and Lebanese parents in Egypt in 1932, according to IMDB. Named Michel Demitri Chalhoub, he grew up Roman Catholic and earned a college degree in mathematics and physics before entering his family's lumber business.

    He starred in numerous Egyptian films in the 1950s and starred alongside the Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in "The Blazing Sun" in 1953. He converted to Islam to marry Hamama two years later.

    The couple had one son, Tarek Sharif, and divorced in 1974.

    Sharif appeared in 118 TV and movie roles over his decades-long career.

    "Lawrence of Arabia," his first English-language film, made him an international star in 1962, earning him an Oscar nod for his role as Sherif Ali opposite Peter O'Toole.

    He won a Golden Globe for his role in "Doctor Zhivago" in 1965.

    Three years later, Sharif played Fanny Brice's husband in "Funny Girl," starring Barbara Streisand.

    His last acting credit is as the narrator of the short film "1,001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham," which is in post-production. Before that, he appeared in the French film "Rock the Casbah" in 2013.

    Shairf also became well-known as a bridge player, writing a syndicated column on the subject for the Chicago Tribune in the 1970s and penning two books in the 1980s.
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    Omar Sharif, Star of 'Lawrence of Arabia,' Dies of Heart Attack at 83




    Hollywood actor Omar Sharif who rose to fame for his roles in "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago" has died. He was 83.

    He passed away in Cairo on Friday afternoon after suffering a heart attack, his agent told NBC News.
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    Omar Sharif seen during the photo call for the film 'Al Mosafer (The Traveler)' in 2009. Andrew Medichini / AP, file

    He was known to be suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

    Sharif was nominated for an Academy Award in 1962 for his work as Sherif Ali in "Lawrence of Arabia," a movie that launched him to Hollywood stardom.

    Three years later he starred as the title character in Doctor Zhivago.

    The lauded actor also appeared in "Funny Girl," "Che!" and "The Pink Panther Strikes Again."

    He tallied 118 acting credits, according to IMDB, and had been due to appear in a short movie '1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham.'

    He was also an accomplished bridge player, and reportedly lost a villa in Lanzarote, Spain as a result of a card game in the 1970s.

    His grandson, Omar Sharif Junior, last week posted a picture of the two together on his Facebook page with the message: "I love you."

    This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

    ^A very young Omar Sharif before the moustache.
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    Bummer. He was major hot when he was younger.
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    I was just oming here to post the same - from BBC News

    Omar Sharif: Lawrence of Arabia star dies aged 83




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    Media caption David Sillito looks back at the life of Omar Sharif
    Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, has died aged 83.
    Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia.
    He won a further Golden Globe three years later for Doctor Zhivago.
    Earlier this year, his agent confirmed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
    His agent Steve Kenis said: "He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo."

    Sharif started his career in Egyptian cinema in the 1950s Born Michel Shalhoub in Alexandria in April 1932, Sharif started out in his family's lumber business before going to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada).
    He made his screen debut in the 1954 Egyptian film Siraa Fil-Wadi (The Blazing Sun) and rapidly became a star in his own country.
    His big break came when David Lean cast him in Lawrence of Arabia, introducing the actor with a now-legendary shot of him riding a camel out of a shimmering heat haze towards the camera.
    Peter O'Toole, who played TE Lawrence in the 1962 multiple Oscar-winner, considered Sharif's name ridiculous and insisted on calling him "Fred". The pair soon became fast friends.
    Julie Christie played Sharif's leading lady in Doctor Zhivago In later life Sharif claimed to be baffled by the film's success, saying it had merely been shots of people on camels walking from one side of the screen to the other.
    David Lean went on to cast Sharif in the title role of his next epic Doctor Zhivago, in which he played a physician caught up in the Russian Revolution.
    The actor went through a daily routine of hair-straightening and skin-waxing in order to disguise his Egyptian looks and would later admit the film lad left him close to a nervous breakdown.
    Other notable roles came opposite Barbra Streisand in her first film Funny Girl and as Julie Andrews' lover in spy thriller The Tamarind Seed.
    He also appeared in Funny Girl and played Che Guevara and Genghis Khan on screen He also got to play a series of real-life figures, among them Genghis Khan and the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara.
    After his initial stint in the spotlight, Sharif would come to be seen more frequently at the gaming tables than the Hollywood soundstage.
    He became particularly successful at bridge and was ranked among the world's best players.
    His film roles became increasingly sporadic, and those he did accept were in films he would later dismiss as "rubbish".
    In the late 1990s Sharif began declining film offers, claiming he had lost his "self-respect and dignity".
    He won a Career Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2003 One film he did accept was 2003 French drama Monsieur Ibraham, in which he appeared as a Muslim shopkeeper in Paris who adopts a Jewish boy.
    The film won him the Cesar, the French equivalent of the Oscar, as well as some of his best reviews in decades.
    Sharif suffered a public embarrassment in 2007 after punching a parking valet who refused to accept his European currency.
    The actor pleaded no contest to misdemeanour battery and was ordered to take an anger management course.
    Sharif spent much of his later years in Cairo and at the Royal Moncean Hotel in Paris, though he occasionally travelled to Hull to support his favourite football team Hull City.
    The actor, who was introduced to the Tigers by his Doctor Zhivago co-star Sir Tom Courtenay, was given an honorary degree by the University of Hull in 2010 as a reward for his loyalty.
    He retreated from the spotlight after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Earlier this year his agent confirmed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease after his son Tarek gave an interview in which he discussed his father's deteriorating condition.
    "He still knows he's a famous actor," Tarek El-Sharif told Spain's El Mundo newspapaer. "He remembers, for example, [he was in] Doctor Zhivago but he's forgotten when it was filmed."
    Following the announcement of Sharif's death, his grandson Omar Sharif Jr posted a picture of him on Facebook with the simple caption: "I love you"
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    He was awesome. R.I.P. Nicky Arnstein Nicky Arnstein what a beautiful beautiful naaaaaame!
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    I was going to write the same exact thing

    He always seemed like a nice man and a gentleman.

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    My grandmother would have been crushed, that was her man. RIP.
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    ^A very young Omar Sharif before the moustache.
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