Omar Sharif (1932-2015)

Last week saw the passing of fine actor.

Omar Sharif began his film career in his native Egypt before making his English language debut in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. For the role of Sherif Ali in that epic film, Sharif was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor.  Although he did not win, he was awarded the Golden Globe.  And his performance made him a success by any standard.  He went on to star is a wide variety of movies, from action/adventure (Behold a Pale Horse) to historical (The Fall of the Roman Empire) to western (McKenna’s Gold) to musical (Funny Girl) to romance (The Yellow Rolls Royce).

But perhaps he’s best known for the romance drama Doctor Zhivago.  As a man caught in the upheaval of the Russian Revolution and torn between his love for two very different women (Julie Christie and Geraldine Chaplin), Sharif won a second Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama – but was overlooked for an Oscar nomination.  Doctor Zhivago is still regarded as one of the greatest romantic films of all time.

Sharif loved acting but his other great passion was contract bridge.  He wrote books and even a newspaper column about the card game, becoming known as one of the best players in the world. 

He continued acting and narrating films well into his final years.  For a look at the works of this talented actor, check the list below, or click on his highlighted name above.

10,000 BC
The 13th Warrior
Behold a Pale Horse
Catherine the Great
Doctor Zhivago
Funny Girl
Funny Lady
The Horsemen
The Last Templar
Lawrence of Arabia
Monsieur Ibrahim et les Fleurs du Coran
Mysteries of Egypt
One Night with the King
St. Peter
The Ten Commandments
(2006 version)
The Yellow Rolls Royce

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