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Omar Sharif Quotes


Omar Sharif
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Omar Sharif
  • Born: 10th April 1932, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Died: 10th July 2015, Cairo, Egypt
  • Resting place: El-Sayeda Nafisa Cemetery, Cairo, Egypt
  • Alma Mater: Cairo University and Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Height: 5' 11" (1.8 m)
  • Marriage: Faten Hamamah February 1955 - 1974) (divorced)
  • Name at birth: Michel Dimitri Chalhoub
  • Famous roles: Doctor Zhivago, Sherif Ali (Lawrence of Arabia)
  • Trivia: He was ranked in the worlds top 100 bridge players
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"See these hands? They are old. But they are soft. Only good for caressing."

Omar Sharif

"I lost money on gambling, buying horses, things like that. So I made those movies which I knew were rubbish... I'd call my agent and tell him to accept any part, just to bail myself out"

Omar Sharif

"I don't know what women are attracted to. I can't tell, but certainly I have no notion of having sex appeal or being seductive in any way"

Omar Sharif

"I had too many passions: bridge, horses, gambling. I want to live a different kind of life, be with my family more"

Omar Sharif

"Making love? It's communion with a woman. The bed is our holy table. There I find passion and purification"

Omar Sharif

"Neither in my professional nor private life do I ask a girl her nationality or religion when I kiss her"

Omar Sharif

"It made me the hero of the whole of France. To head-butt a cop is the dream of every Frenchman"

Omar Sharif

"It gave me glory, but it gave me loneliness also" [about his Hollywood success]

Omar Sharif

"I want today to be like yesterday... Is that asking too much?"

Omar Sharif

"I might have been happier having stayed an Egyptian film star"

Omar Sharif

"Working gets in the way of living"

Omar Sharif

"Aggressive feminists scare me"

Omar Sharif

"I'd rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie"

Omar Sharif

"For some men, nothing is written unless they write it"

Omar Sharif

"I don't think I could live without a deck of cards in my hands"

Omar Sharif

"I've always been extremely lucky in my life"

Omar Sharif

"The people who seduce me personally are the people who seem not to know they're seductive"

Omar Sharif

"I'd rather be playing bridge than making a bad movie"

Omar Sharif

"Acting is my profession; bridge is my passion"

Omar Sharif

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Omar Sharif Biography

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 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 19 of the best Omar Sharif quotes.

Quotes About Omar Sharif

When the director David Lean first met Omar he simply said: "I want an Arab person to play this Laurence of Arabia thing. I want a real Arab who speaks English"

Barbra Streisand paid him a glowing tribute: "Omar was my first leading man in the movies. He was handsome, sophisticated and charming. He was a proud Egyptian and in some people’s eyes, the idea of casting him in ‘Funny Girl’ was considered controversial. Yet somehow, under the direction of William Wyler, the romantic chemistry between Nicky Arnstein and Fanny Brice transcended stereotypes and prejudice. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work with Omar"

The Egyptian actress Yousra was impressed to say: "He was a phenomena; a one of a kind. Everyone had a dream to be like Omar Sharif"


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