This undated photo shows Egyptian-born actor Omar Sharif at Beirut's Phoenicia Hotel. (The Daily Star/Phoenicia Hotel Facebook)
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Sharif, a frequent visitor to the Panache restaurant on the rooftop of the Phoenicia Hotel in the late 60s or early 70s at the height of his fame, was snapped socializing with visitors.The Egyptian actor of Lebanese descent, who reached the international stage through his roles in David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," died Friday at the age of 83 . It was in acting that Sharif, ne Michel Demitri Chalhoub, sought his fame, leaving work at his father's lumber company and becoming a leading man in Egypt under the name Omar Sharif.Sharif received an Oscar nomination for his work on "Lawrence," and won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in "Lawrence," and Best Actor in "Zhivago".Despite these incidents and personal reservations about some of his roles over the years, Sharif's legacy as character actor remains, and even in the later stages of his career accolades for his performances were still coming.In 2003 he won the Best Actor Cesar, along with the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his title role in the French film "Monsieur Ibrahim," where he played an elderly Muslim shopkeeper who adopts a Jewish boy.
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