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Omar Sharif has passed away at age 83

07.10.2015

Famed Egyptian actor actor Omar Sharif has died at 83, having suffered a heart attack in a hospital in Cairo. It was reported in May of this year that Sharif was suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and that he would often confuse the names of some of his films and mistake fans for friends. He is survived by Tarek El-Sharif, his only son from his ex-wife Faten Hamama (who passed earlier this year in January).

Born Michel Demitri Chalhoub, he was undoubtedly the most famous actor of his Arab brethren. His first English-language film, David Lean's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, brought him an Academy Award nomination and paved the way for him to star in such classics as DOCTOR ZHIVAGO and FUNNY GIRL, making him a global star. He also went on to act in MACKENNA'S GOLD alongside Gregory Peck, JUGGERNAUT with Richard Harris, THE TAMARIND SEED opposite Julie Andrews, and lest you forget, the parody TOP SECRET! with Val Kilmer!

When talking about his Hollywood fame, Sharif stated that, "It gave me glory, but it gave me loneliness also. And a lot of missing my own land, my own people and my own country." He may have found intimacy in other people and his home to be fleeting, but he'll always be remembered and respected thanks to his contributions in classic cinema.

Easily one of the greatest entrances of all time.

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4:27PM on 07/10/2015

RIP Mr. Sharif

One of the greats of his generation. I wasn't aware of his Alzheimer's. Compared with that a heart attack could be seen as merciful.
One of the greats of his generation. I wasn't aware of his Alzheimer's. Compared with that a heart attack could be seen as merciful.
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2:35PM on 07/10/2015

Damn

He's the best in Hidalgo.
He's the best in Hidalgo.
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1:06PM on 07/10/2015
I'll always remember him, as Zhivago!
R.I.P.
I'll always remember him, as Zhivago!
R.I.P.
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1:00PM on 07/10/2015
Sorry to hear it...RIP Omar.
Sorry to hear it...RIP Omar.
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12:46PM on 07/10/2015

Sad...

But not surprising, considering what his son told the press a few weeks back.
AND STILL NO COMMENT FROM THE SITE ABOUT PATRICK MCNEE'S PASSING !
But not surprising, considering what his son told the press a few weeks back.
AND STILL NO COMMENT FROM THE SITE ABOUT PATRICK MCNEE'S PASSING !
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1:07PM on 07/10/2015
That surprises me as well. He's an Avenger, for God's sake.
That surprises me as well. He's an Avenger, for God's sake.
4:21PM on 07/10/2015
Last year they completely ignored Eli Wallach's passing. I wouldn't hold my breath at this point.
Last year they completely ignored Eli Wallach's passing. I wouldn't hold my breath at this point.
1:06AM on 07/11/2015
I'm surprised they reported this passing, they usually only post the most known ones.
I'm surprised they reported this passing, they usually only post the most known ones.
12:20PM on 07/10/2015
It seems like a lot of my old favorites are dying off. His performance in Lawrence of Arabia is certainly one of the greatest in cinema history and he followed it up with many other wonderful roles. So long Mr. Sharif.
It seems like a lot of my old favorites are dying off. His performance in Lawrence of Arabia is certainly one of the greatest in cinema history and he followed it up with many other wonderful roles. So long Mr. Sharif.
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12:08PM on 07/10/2015
Rest in peace, Mr. Sharif. It really is a sad year that too many of our beloved stars have passed away. Sad year.
Rest in peace, Mr. Sharif. It really is a sad year that too many of our beloved stars have passed away. Sad year.
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