Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor, who was known for his role in the movie ‘Doctor Zhivago’ is being celebrated on latest Google Doodle for his 86th birthday. He was born on 10 April 1932 in Egypt. He began his career as a teenager in his native country; he was catapulted to global fame by a Golden Globe in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. He further earned and breaks into Hollywood with his leading role as a poet and titular Russian medic in Doctor Zhivago. Sharif was also very fluent in languages such as—Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Italian.
He quickly rose to stardom after appearing in Our Beautiful Days (1955), The Lebanese Mission (1956), Struggle in the Pier (1956), Sleepless (1957), Land of Peace (1957), Goha (1958), Struggle on the Nile (1958), Lady of the Palace (1960), A Beginning and an End (1960), A Rumor of Love (1960), The River of Love in 1961 and There is a Man in our House (1961). He and his wife co-starred in several movies as romantic leads.
Sharif was once ranked among the world’s top 50 contract bridge players and played in an exhibition match before the Shah of Iran. Remarkably handsome and extremely charming, Sharif once boasted that he received 3,000 offers of marriage in Doctor Zhivago’s opening week.
On the personal front, in 1954, Sharif starred in the film Struggle in the Valley opposite his wife, who shared a kiss with his wife. The two fell in love and Sharif converted to Islam to marry her. They had one son, Tarek Sharif, born in 1957 in Egypt, who appeared in Doctor Zhivago as Yuri at the age of eight. The couple separated in 1966 and their marriage ended in divorce in 1974.
In 1992, Sharif had a triple heart bypass which caused him to quit smoking, before that he used to smoke up to 100 cigarettes a day.
Omar Sharif died in Cairo, Egypt on 10 July 2015 from a heart attack after it was reported in May 2015 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.