Omar Sharif (born Michel Demitri Shalhoub, April 10, 1932) is an Egyptian actor who has starred in Hollywood films including Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won two Golden Globe Awards. Omar Sharif was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub in Egypt into a Melkite Catholic Lebanese family. Sharif graduated from Victoria College, where he was classmates with Edward W. Said. Sharif later graduated from Cairo University with degrees in both mathematics and physics. In 1953, Sharif began his acting career with a role in Sira` Fi al-Wadi.
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