Omar Sharif during a visit to the 16th Artfilm International film Festival in Trencianske Teplice, Slovakia, June 28, 2008. AFP / Samuel Kubani
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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 said.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. After "The Blazing Sun," Sharif had appeared in several other Egyptian films before starring in 1958 in the French love story "Goha," 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. In later years, Sharif appeared in TV mini-series and a steady string of films. For his 2003 role as an elderly Muslim shopkeeper in the French film "Monsieur Ibrahim," he won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival.
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