DEAD: Omar Sharif

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Omar Sharif (aged 83)
Egyptian actor

Omar Sharif (born Michel Dimitri Chalhoub; 10 April 1932 –10 July 2015) was an Egyptian actor. He began his career in his native country in the 1950s, but is best known for his appearances in both English and American productions. His films included Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965), and Funny Girl (1968). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lawrence of Arabia. He won three Golden Globe Awards and a César Award.

DEATH: On 10 July 2015, less than six months after his former wife’s death at the same age, Sharif died after suffering a heart attack at a famous psychiatric hospital in Cairo called The Behman Hospital.

On 12 July 2015, Sharif’s funeral was held at the Grand Mosque of Mushir Tantawi in eastern Cairo. The funeral was attended by a group of Sharif’s relatives, friends and Egyptian actors, his coffin draped in the Egyptian flag and a black shroud. His coffin was later taken to the El-Sayeda Nafisa cemetery in southern Cairo, where he was buried.

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