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Omar Sharif[a] (Arabic: عمر الشريف‎ Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [ˈʕomɑɾ eʃʃɪˈɾiːf]; born Michael Yusef Dimitri Chalhoub[1] [miˈʃel dɪˈmitɾi ʃælˈhuːb], 10 April 1932 – 10 July 2015) was an Egyptian film and television actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in British, American, French, and Italian productions. His films include Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lawrence of Arabia. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award.

Sharif—who spoke Egyptian Arabic, Arabic, English, French and, in films, Spanish, Greek and Italian—was often cast, in British and American films, as a foreigner of some sort. He bridled at travel restrictions imposed by the government of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, leading to self-exile in Europe. He was a lifelong horse racing enthusiast, and at one time ranked among the world's top contract bridge players.

Sharif, whose adopted surname means "noble" or "nobleman",[6][7] was born Michael Yusef Dimitri Chalhoub (Arabic: ميشيل يوسف ديمتري شلهوب‎ ) in Alexandria, Kingdom of Egypt (now Arab Republic of Egypt),[8][9] to a Melkite Catholic family of Lebanese descent,[10] making him and his family members of the Antiochian Greek Christian minority (also known as Rûm).[11]

His father, Yusef Chalhoub, a precious woods merchant, moved to the port city of Alexandria with his mother in the early 20th century from Zahle in Lebanon.[12][13] Sharif was later born in Alexandria.[13] His family moved to Cairo when he was four.[14] His mother, Claire Saada, was a noted society hostess, and Egypt's King Farouk was a regular visitor prior to his deposition in 1952.[15]

In his youth, Sharif studied at Victoria College, Alexandria, where he showed a talent for languages. He later graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics.[16] He worked for a while in his father's precious wood business before beginning his acting career in Egypt. In 1955, he named himself in films Omar Sharif.[16][17] He married fellow Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.[18][19]

It has been widely reported that Sharif studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London,[15][16] but the academy confirmed to Al Jazeera that this is not true.[20]

In 1954, Sharif began his acting career in Egypt with a role in Sira' Fi al-Wadi (1954) ("Struggle in the Valley"). He was also in Shaytan Al-Sahra ("Devil of the Desert").

He quickly rose to stardom, appearing in Our Beautiful Days (1955), The Lebanese Mission (1956) (a French film), Struggle in the Pier (1956), Sleepless (1957) ("[La Anam]"), Land of Peace (1957), Goha (1958) (a Tunisian film that marked the debut of Claudia Cardinale), Struggle on the Nile (1958), A Beginning and an End (1960), A Rumor of Love (1960), Sayyidat al-Qasr (1960), the Anna Karenina adaptation The River of Love ("Nahr El-Hob") in 1961 and There is a Man in our House (1961). He and his wife co-starred in several movies as romantic leads.[21]

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