Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor known for his classic roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, passed away Friday in a Cairo, Egypt hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 83 years old.
It was recently revealed that the Golden Globe-winning actor was also suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
After beginning his career as a major star in Middle Eastern cinema, Sharif was cast to play Sherif Ali in 1962’s epic Lawrence of Arabia, the actor’s first English-language role. Sharif was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance and won the Golden Globe in that same category for his breakthrough role.
Sharif quickly earned named recognition in Hollywood, and he was soon cast in Anthony Mann’s The Fall of the Roman Empire and Fred Zinnemann’s Behold a Pale Horse!
The actor’s other most recognized credit is as the title character in Doctor Zhivago, the 1965 adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s novel. The epic drama, also helmed by Lawrence of Arabia director David Lean, went on to become one of the biggest grossing movie in film history and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning five. Sharif earned his second Golden Globe, this time for Best Actor.
His last big screen appearance was the 2013 French-Moroccan production Rock the Casbah, while his last U.S. film credit was as narrator for the 2008 epic adventure film 10,000 BC.