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Omar Sharif

Highest Rated:   100% Rock The Casbah (2013)
Lowest Rated:   0% Inchon (1981)
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Birthplace:   Alexandria, Egypt
Over the course of a career that spanned seven decades, Omar Sharif played every ethnic type imaginable: Spanish, Mongolian, Yugoslavian, Turkish, Russian, Jewish, Argentinian, Mexican, and -- most improbably -- a German serving as a Nazi officer (in 1967's Night of the Generals). That was the nature of his smoldering, swarthy good looks: Every race wanted to claim him as their own. The first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame, Sharif nonetheless could never match the splash he made with two of his earliest English-language features, Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago.Omar Sharif was born Michel Demetri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932, to a well-to-do Lebanese Christian family in Alexandria, Egypt. His father was a lumber merchant, while his mother was a socialite whose guests included King Farouk (and who sent her pudgy son to a British-style boarding school so he would lose weight eating the blander food.) He had a natural intelligence for numbers and language, and by the time he graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics, he could speak five languages (including Arabic, English, and French). After graduation, he worked alongside his father in the family lumber business, but his unused talents made him restless for bigger success.Egypt was known as "the Hollywood of the Middle East" in the 1950s, producing more than 100 Arabic-language films a year. Hoping to break into the movies, Shalhoub chose the new moniker "Omar Sharif"; he reasoned Westerners would be familiar with Gen. Omar Bradley, and "Sharif" was similar to "sheriff." In 1954, director Youssef Chahine offered his friend a part in Shaytan Al-Sahra ("Devil of the Desert"), followed by a leading role in Siraa Fil-Wadi ("Struggle to the Valley") opposite Egyptian actress Faten Hamama, a pretty girl-next-door type who had been beloved by Cairo audiences ever since her debut as a child star. A romance soon blossomed between the co-stars; Sharif eventually converted to Islam in order to marry her, and Hamama allowed him to kiss her onscreen, which she had not agreed to do with any other co-star. The duo made seven more movies together, and had a son named Tarek in 1957.Sharif's smoldering yet dignified box-office appeal spread from Egypt to European art-house cinemas, and eventually caught the attention of British director David Lean, who was casting Arabic actors for his biopic of T.E. Lawrence. Sharif's fluency in English put him ahead of the rest of the contenders, and he won the role of Sherif Ali Ibn El Karish in Lawrence of Arabia (1962). Even though the 100-day shoot in the desert -- "without women," the actor later lamented -- tried the entire cast's patience, Sharif enjoyed working under Lean and earned the respect of the notoriously actor-hating director through his dedication. Similarly, Sharif became great friends with Peter O'Toole, declaring that he and his co-star were "like brothers" who, after shooting wrapped, vowed to work together again should any occasion arise.Sharif's role in Lawrence of Arabia made him an international star and won him Golden Globes for Best Supporting Actor and Most Promising Newcomer, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Doctor Zhivago (1965), his next film for Lean (which included a cameo by his son Tarek as the younger version of his character), cemented his position as a superstar. Doctor Zhivago was an unprecedented smash, making more than 100 million dollars at the box office (over 750 million today, when adjusted for inflation), and earning ten Academy Award nominations and five wins.These two blockbusters made Sharif a star, but he considered it a devil's bargain. Without an agent to act on his behalf, he signed a seven-year contract with Columbia that put his fee at what some sources say was as low as 15,000 dollars per film -- even for hits like Funny Girl (1968). Long sojourns in Europe and the U.S. took him away from Hamama and their son, and a combination of

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Rock The Casbah
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Ishayat hub (The Agony of Love)
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Siraa Fil-Mina (Dark Waters)
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Last Templar
  • Konstantine
2009
No Score Yet The Traveller
  • Actor
2009
8% 10,000 B.C.
  • Narrator
$94.8M 2008
No Score Yet Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
  • Narrator
2007
19% One Night With the King
  • Prince Memucan
$13.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments
  • Jethro
2006
No Score Yet The Crown Prince
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Ten Commandments: The Greatest Spectacle Ever Told
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet St. Peter
  • St. Peter
2005
No Score Yet Fire at My Heart
  • Actor
2005
47% Hidalgo
  • Sheikh Riyadh
$67.3M 2004
85% Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (Monsieur Ibrahim)
  • Monsieur Ibrahim
$2.7M 2003
No Score Yet Building the Great Pyramid
  • Nakht
2003
No Score Yet American Rap Stars
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Shaka Zulu - Last Great Warrior
  • The King
2001
67% The Parole Officer
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Catherine the Great
  • Razumovsky
2000
33% The 13th Warrior
  • Melchisidek
1999
75% Mysteries of Egypt
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Lebanon, Imprisoned Splendor
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Heaven Before I Die
  • Khalil Gibran
1997
No Score Yet Umm Kulthum: A Voice Like Egypt
  • Narrator
1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Rainbow Thief
  • Dima
1994
No Score Yet Mrs. 'arris Goes to Paris
  • Marquis
1992
No Score Yet 588 Rue Paradis (Mother)
  • Hagop
1992
No Score Yet Beyond Justice
  • Emir Beni-Zair
1992
No Score Yet Memories of Midnight
  • Constantin Demiris
1991
No Score Yet Mayrig
  • Hagop
1991
69% Mountains of the Moon
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Mysteries of the Pyramids
  • Host
1989
No Score Yet Paradise Calling (Les pyramides bleues)
  • Alex
1988
No Score Yet Possessed
  • Stephan Verkhovensky
1988
No Score Yet Grand Larceny
  • Saud
1987
No Score Yet Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna
  • Nicholas
1986
No Score Yet Harem
  • Sultan Hassan
1986
No Score Yet Peter the Great
  • Romodanovsky
1986
76% Top Secret!
  • Cedric
1984
No Score Yet The Far Pavilions
  • Koda Dad
1984
No Score Yet Green Ice
  • Argenti
1981
0% Inchon
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Oh Heavenly Dog
  • Bart
1980
No Score Yet Benji at Work
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Baltimore Bullet
  • The Deacon
1980
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Bloodline'
  • Ivo Palazzi
1979
No Score Yet Ashanti
  • Prince Hassan
1979
No Score Yet S*H*E
  • Baron Cesare Magnasco
1979
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • Egyptian Assassin
1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Actor
1975
44% Funny Lady
  • Nick Arnstein
1975
No Score Yet Crime and Passion
  • Andre
1975
No Score Yet Juggernaut
  • Captain Alex Brunel
1974
No Score Yet The Tamarind Seed
  • Feodor Sverdlov
1974
No Score Yet Le Casse (The Burglars)
  • Abel Zacharia
1972
40% The Horsemen
  • Uraz
1971
No Score Yet The Last Valley
  • Vogel
1971
No Score Yet The Appointment
  • Federico Fendi
1969
No Score Yet Che!
  • Che Guevara
1969
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • Colorado
1969
No Score Yet Mayerling
  • Crown Prince Rudolf
1968
93% Funny Girl
  • Nicky Arnstein
1968
No Score Yet C'era una volta... (Cinderella: Italian Style) (More Than a Miracle)
  • Prince Rodrigo Fernandez
1967
No Score Yet The Night of the Generals
  • Major Grau
1967
No Score Yet The Poppy Is Also a Flower
  • Dr. Rad
1966
No Score Yet Genghis Khan
  • Temujin-Genghis Khan
1965
No Score Yet The Yellow Rolls-Royce
  • Davich
1965
86% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Francisco
1964
100% The Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Sohamus
1964
98% Lawrence of Arabia
  • Sherif Ali Ibn el Karish
1962
No Score Yet A Man in Our House
  • Ibrahim
1961
No Score Yet Struggle on the Nile
  • Actor
1959
No Score Yet Hasan Wa Morkos
  • Actor

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