'Doctor Zhivago' star Omar Sharif dies aged 83
CAIRO - Agence France-Presse
Reuters PhotoEgyptian-born actor Omar Sharif, who starred in "Doctor Zhivago" and "Lawrence of Arabia", died on July 10 in Cairo aged 83, his London-based agent said.
Former antiquities minister and renowned Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, who was one of his close friends, confirmed the death of the legendary actor.
Hawass said Sharif died in an upscale clinic in Cairo, where he had been for a month, and said his friend's funeral could take place on July 12.
"His psychological condition had deteriorated -- he had stopped eating and was not drinking," he told AFP.
Sharif began acting in the 1950s and was propelled to stardom playing an Arab chief enlisted by Peter O'Toole's T.E. Lawrence in the World War I drama "Lawrence of Arabia", for which he won an Oscar nomination.
An even bigger role followed as the eponymous hero in David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago", the adaptation of Boris Pasternak's novel of tortured passions during the Russian Revolution.
Known for his raffish good looks, he went on to star in many more films and television productions, and in later years became almost as well known for playing bridge and owning thoroughbred racehorses.
Sharif was born in Egypt but spent many years living between France, Italy and the United States, before settling back in his native country.