Friday, July 10, 2015

Omar Sharif Dies at 83

Omar Sharif (April 10, 1932 - July 10, 2015)
Omar Sharif (April 10, 1932 - July 10, 2015)

I want to live every moment totally and intensely. Even when I'm giving an interview or talking to people, that's all that I'm thinking about. - Omar Sharif

The charismatic Egyptian-born actor, known for his performances in movies such as "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia" died on July 10th, 2015 at the age of 83.  

Sharif won three Golden Globes and was Oscar nominated for his 1962 role as Sherif Ali in David Lean’s epic movie "Lawrence of Arabia." 

With his dark flashing eyes, black curly hair, prominent mustache, brigand-like looks, refined features and oily, pained, little smile, he set millions of female hearts a-flutter in a Hollywood tradition that went back to Rudolph Valentino. - The Telegraph

Sharif's career began in 1954 in an Egyptian movie "The Blazing Sun," and continued on a big screen till mid-1980s at the sight of such movie stars as Peter O'Toole, Julie Christie, Sir Alec Guinness, Geraldine Chaplin, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand, and Sophia Loren. In later years of his life he acted in a few television productions that included American mini-series "The Ten Commandments" and movies such as "Peter The Great," "Anastasia" and "Catherine The Great." 

Sharif was known not only for his acting talent, but also for his addiction to gambling, an activity that not only greatly affected his finances, but may have coast him his career as he was willing to accept any role in order to pay his debts. 

With the passing of Omar Sharif cinema lost another iconic actor, but the sparkle in his eyes will be shining forever in the personages he brought to life on the big screen. 

By Dominique Allmon