Omar Sharif (1932 – 2015)
Starting his acting career in Egypt in the 1950’s Omar Sharif went on to work across both British and American productions in a career that spanned more than 60 years. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Yellow Rolls-Royce(1964), Genghis Khan (1965), the epic love story, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Funny Girl (1968), and Che Guevara in Che! (1969).
Within his many achievements, he was nominated for an Academy Award, won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award. A talented linguist, Sharif was able to speak Arabic, English, Greek, French, Spanish and Italian, and was often cast as a foreigner due to his accent. His collaboration with David Lean in both Lawrence of Arabia and Doctors Zhivago lead to many other exciting roles and also a close relationship with Peter O’Toole for many years.
Sharif was also once ranked among the world's top 50 contract bridge players and once played in front of the Shah of Iran.
He died on 10 July 2015 aged 83. He leaves behind his only son and two grandsons.