Omar Sharif (born Michel Demitri Chalhoub) died from a heart attack in a Cairo hospital on July 10. He was an Egyptian actor who became an international sensation when he garnerd a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his first English-language role as Sharif Ali in David Lean's historical epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962). In addition to his long career as actor, which began with Devil of the Sahara (1954) and concluded with voice work in 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham (2015), Sharif was also a world-class contract bridge players. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be paying tribute on Sept 21 by screening three films. To learn more, read below.
Press release: TCM will celebrate the life and career of Hollywood icon Omar Sharif with a three-film tribute on Monday, Sep. 21. Sharif, who passed away July 10 at the age of 83, enthralled audiences around the world with his performances in the sweeping David Lean epics Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia.
The following is the complete schedule for TCM's tribute to Omar Sharif: TCM Remembers Omar Sharif - Monday, Sep. 21
- 8 p.m. Doctor Zhivago (1965) - llicit lovers fight to stay together during the turbulent years of the Russian Revolution
- 11:30 p.m. Funny Girl (1968) - Comedienne Fanny Brice fights to prove that she can be the greatest star and find romance even though she isn't pretty
- 2:30 a.m. Funny Lady (1975) - Musical biography of Fanny Brice and her tempestuous marriage to showman Billy Rose
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