Cairo: Hollywood legend Omar Sharif known for his epic movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Genghis Khan, Mackenna’s Gold and Hidalgo died at the ripe age of 83. His agent confirmed the sad news, saying: “He suffered a heart attack this afternoon in a hospital in Cairo.”
The Egyptian-born actor first rose to fame when he starred in 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia – his first English-language film. Back in May the 83-year-old’s son and agent revealed the actor had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Sharif – born Michel Demetri Chalhoub – has a degree in mathematics and physics from Cairo University and became one of the top 10 bridge players in the world.But he once claimed he was “always one film behind my debts”.
In his 1970s heyday, he lost a £4million villa on the Spanish island of Lanzarote in a bridge game.