Newswire: R.I.P. Omar Sharif, charismatic star of Dr. Zhivago and Lawrence Of Arabia

The BBC is reporting that Omar Sharif, star of Lawrence Of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, has died of a heart attack. He was 83 years old.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt as Michel Demitri Chalhoub, Sharif studied acting but followed his father into the lumber business before pursuing a film career. Gifted with an intense screen presence and chiseled good looks, Sharif’s fortunes quickly rose in his native Egypt, where he became a bona fide movie star. He was introduced to world audiences as Sherif Ali, the skeptical and charismatic guerrilla fighter in Lawrence Of Arabia, after being recast from a smaller role. Despite not being Lean’s first choice for the role, Sharif’s scene-stealing performance won him two Golden Globes and an Academy Award nomination.

Speaking with NPR’s Scott Simon in 2012, Sharif spoke of the bonding experience he shared with co-star Peter O’Toole. “The sky …

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