Friday, July 10, 2015

Omar Sharif

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Very sad news today...

Omar Sharif, by the far the most iconic film star ever to emerge out of the Arab world, has died at the age of 83.

Although Sharif burst onto the international stage in David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia in 1962, he had achieved fame in the Arab world almost a decade earlier in Youssef Chahine’s searing 1954 drama Sira’a Fil Wadi.

It was his performance as Sherif Ali opposite Peter O’Toole’s piercing blue-eyed Lawrence that would catapult Sharif to a global stardom no Arab actor achieved before or since. He cemented his status as one of the decade’s great cinematic faces when he re-teamed with Lean for Doctor Zhivago in 1965.

He will be missed.

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