8th October 1974: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, born Michel Shahoub in Alexandria. (Photo by D. Morrison/Express/Getty Images)

Career Beginnings and Early Hardships: Sharif initially studied mathematics and physics at Cairo University and later worked in his father’s lumber business. However, his passion for acting led him to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Upon returning to Egypt, he began his acting career in Egyptian cinema.

Breakthrough and Rise to Stardom: In 1954, he made his film debut in “Sira` Fi al-Wadi” (Struggle in the Valley), where he starred alongside Faten Hamama, Egypt’s leading lady at the time. The film was a success, and Sharif’s career took off. His marriage to Faten Hamama in 1955 also brought him further into the spotlight.

Career Highlights and Successes: Following his success in “Lawrence of Arabia,” Sharif starred in several major films:

  • “Doctor Zhivago” (1965): Played the title role, winning a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
  • “Funny Girl” (1968): Starred opposite Barbra Streisand, earning a Golden Globe nomination.
  • “The Night of the Generals” (1967) and “Mackenna’s Gold” (1969): Further established his versatility as an actor.

Later Career and Personal Challenges: Despite his early success, Sharif’s career faced challenges in the 1970s and 1980s, with a mix of critically acclaimed performances and less successful projects. He continued to work in European and American films, as well as in television.

Real Name: Michel Demitri Shalhoub

Date of Birth: April 10, 1932

Birth Place: Alexandria, Egypt

Residence: Lived primarily in Cairo, Egypt, and later in Europe and the United States.

Profession: Actor

Nationality: Egyptian

Religion: Originally Greek Catholic, converted to Islam in 1955

Partner: Faten Hamama (m. 1955; div. 1974)

Father: Joseph Shalhoub

Mother: Claire Saada

Horoscope: Aries

Age: Passed away on July 10, 2015, at the age of 83

Weight: Approximately 80 kg (176 lbs) during his prime

Height: 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm)

Body Type: Slim/Athletic

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Black (grayed over time)