Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor who starred in some of the best historical films ever made, has died. He was 83.
According to his rep, Sharif died on Friday after suffering a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. Earlier this year, he was reportedly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
An actor well-liked for his handsomeness, Sharif gained international fame in 1962 after starring in Lawrence of Arabia, which earned him an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe. He went on to star in 1965’s movie adaptation of Dr Zhivago, which earned him another Golden Globe and reportedly, 3,000 marriage proposals from smitten female fans.
Aside from these two, Sharif starred in over 90 films. Aside from acting, he was also known as one of the best bridge players in the world.