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Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif's biography

Michel Demitri Shalhoub is 83 years old actor born at Alexandria. He was born on Sunday 10th of April 1932. Omar is often nicknamed as Chalhoub, Omar El Cherif, Michel Demitri, Shalhoub, Michel Dimitri Chalhoub, Omar Sharif. According to year of birth 1932 he belongs to Silent Generation. Birthday on 10th of April means he is Aries. Aries is the most active sign of Zodiac, one born with this sign is a very quick learner, aggressive and passionate.

Omar is native arabic speaker. Omar is middle eastern egyptian. Omar is citizen of Egypt. Omar is muslim. His primary profession is to be actor. You can know Omar also as film actor, writer, bridge player, non-fiction writer. He is recently known as television actor.

Omar Sharif's dad

Omar Sharif's father's name is Joseph Chalhoub.

Omar Sharif's family

Omar Sharif's ex wife

Faten Hamamah

Omar Sharif and Faten Hamamah have been together since 1955 for 19 years. She is known as actor. Omar´s ex wife was born on Wednesday 27th of May 1931 in Mansoura. His ex wife died on Saturday 17th of January 2015 in Cairo. Faten Hamamah was 83 years old, when this happened.

Omar has 1 son.

Omar Sharif's son: Tarek Sharif

Omar Sharif's son's name is Tarek Sharif. He is known as actor. His son was born in 1957.

Omar Sharif's schools

We found 2 schools Omar attended. Complete list of schools: Victoria College, Cairo University.

Detailed informations about his schools

He studied university - Cairo University, Victoria College, Alexandria, Egypt.

Omar Sharif's career

His main focus is to be actor. He is famous thanks to Dr. Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia. You could see Omar also in Monsieur Ibrahim, Doctor Zhivago.

Is Omar Sharif gay ?

He is known to be straight.

How did Omar Sharif die

He died on on Friday 10th of July 2015 when he was 83 years old at Cairo. Omar Sharifs death was caused by heart attack. It happend like natural causes.

Awards and competitions

Omar Sharif's Awards

  • Omar received award for César Award for Best Actor for work Monsieur Ibrahim in 2004
  • He received award for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama for work Doctor Zhivago in 1966
  • He received award for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for work Lawrence of Arabia in 1963

Omar Sharif's Rankings

  • His mother was a professional gambler, ranked with King Faroukh as one of the most daring players. Omar inherited his love of gambling from his mother playing in international bridge tournaments and in the '64 and 68 Olympic tournaments.

Omar Sharif's Nominations

  • Was in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968), with the first of these the only winner.

What Omar Sharif has done for a first time

  • Was in three Oscar Best Picture nominees: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968), with the first of these the only winner.

Omar Sharif's quotes

  • I definitely want to do more theatre now. Or, two weeks in a film for a remarkable amount of money.
  • I'd rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie.
  • It made me the hero of the whole of France. To head-butt a cop is the dream of every Frenchman.
  • Aggressive feminists scare me.
  • [on Peter O'Toole] The very prototype of the ham.
  • I lived in America for a long time. Only ten per cent of all Americans have a passport. In other words, ninety per cent never left America. They don't know anything. The typical Middle Eastern man is far more intelligent.
  • I said to [George W. Bush], even before he entered Iraq: "Forget about all that. We, the Arabs . . . are not like regular countries. You will drown there". He didn't believe me.
  • [final sentence in his autobiography] Actually, I want today to be like yesterday... Is that asking too much?
  • [on being the "only Arab" working in Hollywood] I had to be very careful. For example, Columbia Pictures signed a five-year contract with me when I had made Lawrence of Arabia (1962) but they didn't pay me anything.
  • When I made Doctor Zhivago (1965) they sold me to MGM for $15,000. I made the film for $15,000. My American lawyer said 'I can sue them', and I said no, leave it, I don't want them to think of me as someone who only wants money.
  • I had a couple of adventures with women, but not the great love. I had a great love once with my wife (Faten Hamama) that has to be said.
  • Since 1966, I have never lived with a woman, I have only lived in hotels and eaten in restaurants. Mine was a very happy life, I am not complaining.
  • I lived very humbly, in fear, I accepted the films they wanted me to do and even films I didn't want to do and I didn't like because I was afraid of saying no.
  • [on sex] Making love? It's communion with a woman. The bed is our holy table. There I find passion and purification.
  • [on Barbra Streisand] I thought she was not very attractive at first. But gradually she cast her spell over me. I fell madly in love with her talent. The feeling was mutual for four months - the time it took to shoot the movie.
  • [on his prowess as a lover] See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing.
  • [on his favorite movies] I don't watch any films. Billy Elliot (2000) is the only film I've seen in the last 25 years. Oh, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Both of which I loved!
  • I don't know what women are attracted to. I can't tell, but certainly I have no notion of having sex appeal or being seductive in any way.

Omar Sharif's height, body shape, eye color

Lets describe how Omar Sharif looks. We will focus on his height, body shape, eye color and hair color. Omar is tall as 5' 11" (180 cm). Body build is average. Omar´s eyes are tinted brown - dark. Omar´s hair is shade of brown - dark.