Omar Sharif was born into a mercantile family in Alexandria, Egypt in 1932, although christened as Michel Demitri Shalhoub and raised as a roman catholic he converted to islam to marry his first wife actress Faten Hamama. Upon marriage he renamed himself as Omar Al-Sharif. After honing his acting skills in Egyptian movies he got his first big break after being cast as Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia, this led to international stardom and he was later to star in Dr Zhivago among countless other Hollywood movies. Sharif was also an avid bridge player and he went on to be recognised around the world as much for his bridge skills as his acting prowess. During his distinguished acting career he was known for his compelling good looks and his suave elegance so it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of eight of the best Omar Sharif quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Omar Sharif
- Born: 10th April 1932, Alexandria, Egypt
- Died: 10th July 2015, Cairo, Egypt
- Occupation: Actor
- Name at birth: Michel Dimitri Chalhoub
- Famous roles: Doctor Zhivago, Sherif Ali (Lawrence of Arabia)
- Alma Mater: Cairo University and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
- Trivia: He was ranked in the worlds top 100 bridge players
"See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing."
"Working gets in the way of living"
"Aggressive feminists scare me"
"I'd rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie"
"For some men, nothing is written unless they write it"
"I don't think I could live without a deck of cards in my hands"
"I've always been extremely lucky in my life"
"The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they're seductive"