Lawrence of Arabia actor, Omar Sharif dies aged 83

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The legendary actor, Omar Sharif, has sadly passed away at the age of 83.

The Egyptian performer was probably most revered for his performance as Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic, Lawrence of Arabia, for which he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and also picked up an Oscar nomination.

As well as appearing in over 20 Egyptian movies, Sharif also enjoyed a vast and plentiful Hollywood career, which included a star turn in Doctor Zhivago (1965) and the role of Barbra Streisand’s love interest in Funny Girl (1968).

Sharif’s agent Steve Kenis confirmed today (10th July) that the actor had died of a heart attack in his homeland of Egypt. “He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo,” Kenis stated. According to his son, the actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, back in May.

Sharif’s last big screen role was in the 2013 French-Moroccan film, Rock the Casbah. In the last ten years, he also took small roles in television series such as The Ten Commandments and The Traveller.

Watch Sharif’s enigmatic entrance in Lawrence of Arabia, below.

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