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Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, has died, Egyptian state television reported.Sharif was one of the few Arab actors to make it big in Hollywood.He won international fame and an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his role in the 1962 film "Lawrence of Arabia" with Peter O'Toole.Sharif worked in his father's timber business for several years before receiving his first film role in Youssef Chahine's 1954 Egyptian movie "The Blazing Sun," appearing opposite Faten Hamama, who was then the Middle East's biggest female star.After "The Blazing Sun," Sharif had appeared in several other Egyptian films before starring in the French love story "Goha," in 1958, which was seen in many English-speaking countries.With more Egyptian movies to his credit, he was picked by director David Lean to play Sherif Ali in the 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia" alongside O'Toole, Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn. His portrayal of Lawrence's friend earned Sharif an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor and a contract with Columbia Studios.
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