EGYPT / Omar Sharif is no longer

omar_sharifThe Egyptian actor Omar Sharif died July 10th at the age of 83. He began his film career in 1954 in Youssef Chahine’s “Struggle in the Valley” (1954) and “Dark Waters” (1956). But it was his role as the desert prince Sherif Ali in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) which made him an international star, won him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and a contract with Colombia Pictures.

In 1965, he received the Golden Globe for Best Actor for his portrayal of Russian doctor Yuri Zhivago in “Doctor Zhivago”, another David Lean epic. He was awarded the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2003 Venice Film Festival. In 2004 he was awarded the César for Best Actor for his role in François Dupeyron’s “Monsieur Ibrahim”.

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