Actor Omar Sharif Dead At 83 –– Star Of 'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Doctor Zhivago' Passes Away From Heart Attack

Omar Sharif Dead

Jul. 10 2015, Updated 1:36 p.m. ET

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Omar Sharif, known for iconic films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl, died at 83 Friday from a heart attack in his Cairo, Egypt home.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who nabbed three Golden Globe Awards in his career, had recently spent a month in the hospital been, according to Egyptian state media.

Sharif had been fighting Alzheimer's disease at his home at his native Cairo, Egypt, the actor's reps confirmed in May.

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Actor Antonio Banderas was one of many to pay homage to his late colleague, tweeting: “My great friend Omar Sharif has passed away. I will always miss him. He was one of the best. He was a great storyteller, a loyal friend and a wise spirit."

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Born Michael Demitri Shalhoub, Sharif was a handsome matinee idol in his prime, so much so that his Doctor Zhivago co-star Geraldine Chaplin recalled how his looks created a distraction for her while making the 1965 film.

"When he walked on the ... set in Spain, I took one look and said, 'I can't act with that man: he's too gorgeous!'" she told the New York Times at the time.

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He was good friends with late actor (and Lawrence of Arabia co-star) Peter O' Toole, who died Dec. 14, 2013.

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Sharif's final feature film work came in 2013's Rock the Casbah.

The late actor is survived by a son, Tarek, and two grandchildren; he also claimed, in 2004, to have had a son out-of-wedlock.


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