“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Passing of Omar Sharif…

Posted on July 11, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

Omar_Sharif_1963   The Egyptian-born actor’s Hollywood debut in Lawrence of Arabia immediately enshrined him as a smoldering leading man of the 1960s, transcending nationality. He was already the biggest heartthrob in his homeland, where he played brooding, romantic heroes in multiple films in the 1950s — and was wed to Egyptian cinema’s reigning screen beauty.

    He wasn’t Lean’s first choice to play Sherif Ali, the tribal leader with whom Peter O’Toole’s T.E. Lawrence teams up to help lead the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire. Lean had hired another actor, but dropped him because his eyes weren’t the right color. The film producer, Sam Spiegel, went to Cairo to search for a replacement and found Sharif. After passing a screen test that proved he was fluent in English, he got the job. The film brought him a supporting actor Oscar nod.         OMAR SHARIF —–>

   His international stardom was cemented three years later by his starring turn in another sweeping historical epic by Lean, Doctor Zhivago. He was also the Jewish gambler Nick Arnstein opposite Barbra Streisand’s Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. The 1968 film was banned in his native Egypt because he was cast as a Jew. Other movies include Mackenna’s Gold, Funny Lady, and The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

   Sharif spent much of his later years at a hotel in Cairo and at the Royal Moncean Hotel in Paris. In 2005, Sharif was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by the UNESCO in recognition of his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity. Sharif’s son Tarek revealed in May that his father had Alzheimer’s. In fact, he’d been suffering from the disease for three years.


   On Sunday, GET-TV will celebrate his life with Funny Girl and The Horsemen.  Check your local listings for times.

   The gallant Omar Sharif was 83.

————————————————————- RogerRees

   Roger Rees was a Welsh actor, best known to American audiences for playing the characters Robin Colcord on Cheers; and Lord John Marbury on The West Wing. He won a Tony for his performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Other screen roles include Star 80, Frida, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. He guest-starred on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Good Wife.                         ROGER REES —->

   Roger Rees was 71.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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