2022-12-09

Omar Sharif
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  • Faith: Islam
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  April 10, 1932
  • Date of Death:  July 10, 2015
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Sharif converted to Islam after marrying his wife.

Omar Sharif was an Egyptian actor, regarded as one of Egypt’s greatest male actors. His career started in Egypt in the 1950s, but he also appeared in British, American, Italian and French films. His career spanned 50 years with over 100 films, earning Sharif three Golden Globes. Sharif starred in films like “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Doctor Zhivago,” “Genghis Khan,” and “The Tamarind Seed.” Sharif spoke five languages and was a horse enthusiast.

Was Omar Sharif religious?

Omar Sharif was born Michel Yusef Dimitri Chalhoub but changed his name and converted to Islam to marry Faten Hamama. The couple shares a son, Tarek. Unfortunately, the couple separated in 1966 and divorced in 1974. Sharif never remarried after the divorce, claiming he never fell in love with another woman again.


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