Omar Sharif

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Omar Sharif
Native name عمر الشريف
Born Michel Demitri Shalhoub
April 10, 1932 (1932-04-10) (age 83)
Alexandria, Egypt
Education Victoria College
Alma mater Cairo University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–2013[1]
Spouse Faten Hamama (1954–74)
Children One son
Omar Sharif as he was in Doctor Zhivago (1965)

Omar Sharif (Arabic: عمر الشريف; born April 10, 1932) is an Egyptian actor who has worked in many Hollywood movies. He has acted in Arabic, French, and English movies. Sharif is most famous for his roles in Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia and and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for the Academy Award and has won the Golden Globe Award three times. Sharif has a son and two grandsons.

In May 2015, Sharif was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease..[2]

Contract bridge career[change | change source]

Sharif once ranked among the world's best-known contract bridge players, forming the "Omar Sharif Bridge Circus" in 1967 which toured the world, competing against famous teams.

With Charles Goren, Sharif co-wrote a syndicated newspaper bridge column for the Chicago Tribune[3] for several years, but has mostly turned over the writing of the column to Tannah Hirsch, whose name appears on the byline with Sharif to this day.

He is also author or co-author of several books on bridge, and has licensed his name to a bridge video game. An MS-DOS version and Amiga version was released in 1992 as Omar Sharif on Bridge. It is still sold in Windows and "mobile platform" versions.[4]

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