Omar Sharif’s biggest film roles included “Doctor Zhivago,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” and “Funny Girl.” The actor died at age 83.
(WARNER BROS.) – : Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as “Doctor Zhivago” in the Oscar-winning film, has died. He was 83.
In May, Sharif’s agent confirmed the actor, who played a wide range of dashing and dignified characters, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Sharif was one of the few Arab actors to make it big in Hollywood. He won international fame and an Oscar-nomination for best supporting actor for his role in the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia” with Peter O’Toole.
His portrayal of Lawrence’s friend earned Sharif an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor and a contract with Columbia Studios.
His role in “Doctor Zhivago,” the story of a physician and poet caught up in the Russian revolution, made the film and Sharif an international hit.
Confirming his flexibility, Sharif played a Jewish gambler in 1968’s “Funny Girl” opposite Barbra Streisand, considered my many critics as one of his final great performances.