Ten fun facts about Omar Sharif


Fact 1
He has starred in Hollywood films, including Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Funny Girl (1968).

Fact 2
He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two Golden Globe Awards.

Fact 3
Sharif's first English-language film was in the role of Sharif Ali in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. This performance earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.


Fact 4
Sharif was also acclaimed for his portrayal of Nicky Arnstein, husband to Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, though some thought he was miscast as a New York Jewish gambler.

Fact 5
In 2003, he received acclaim for his role in the French-language film adaptation of the novel Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran, as a Muslim Turkish merchant who becomes a father figure for a Jewish boy.

Fact 6
Sharif once ranked among the world's best-known contract bridge players, forming the "Omar Sharif Bridge Circus" in 1967 which toured the world.

Fact 7
He also appeared in the 1996 television production of Gulliver's Travels.

Fact 8
He has published an autobiography, The Eternal Male (1977).

Fact 9
In 2003, he received the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award for his achievement in film.

Fact 10
In November 2005, Sharif was given the Sergei Eisenstein Medal by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity.


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