Legendary Egyptian-born, British trained actor Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83.
Though studying maths and physics at University, and working in the family business of precious woods, Sharif felt the lure of performing and ended up appearing in more than twenty productions in Egypt from 1953.
His big international break came in 1962 when he joined David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” and scored both a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for his work as Sherif Ali Ben El Kharish. He went on to roles in various major movies including “Doctor Zhivago,” “Funny Girl,” “Behold a Pale Horse,” “Che!,” “Top Secret,” “Hidalgo,” “The Fall of the Roman Empire ,” “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” “The Mysterious Island,” “The Last Valley,” “The Baltimore Bullet,” “Mayerling,” “The Night of the Generals,” “Genghis Khan,” “Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna,” “One Night with the King ” and “Monsieur Ibrahim”.
Surprisingly he also became famous as one of the world’s best bridge players and wrote numerous books about the game.
Sharif, who had been suffering from the onset Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital and is survived by his son and two grandsons.