Omar Sharif Passed Away
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Written by: Mark Lyndon,
in70mm.com's London Correspondent
Sharif on the set of "Doctor Zhivago" in Spain. Mr. Sharif was born in 1932
and was to become one of the greatest movie stars. Sharif was born Michel
Dimitri Shalhoub in Alexandria to a Melkite Greek Catholic family from
Lebanon, though he later converted to Islam. He and his wife had one son,
who appeared in “Dr. Zhivago” as a young version of Sharif’s title
character. He is survived by a son, Tarek El-Sharif, and two grandsons, Omar
Sharif Jr., an actor, and Karim. Omar Sharif passed away 10 July, 2015. was
By the time Omar Sharif made the most dramatic and compelling entrance in
film history and thereby entered the Pantheon of the greatest screen actors
of all time, he had already made 22 features, starting with "The Devil of
the Sahara" in 1954, all of eight years earlier.
He was to create more than 117 screen rôles in a career which will continue
into the future with the forthcoming release of "1001 Inventions and The
World of Ibn Al-Haytham".
His 65/70 mm career spanned the best part of three decades, from
"Lawrence of Arabia" in
1962 to the IMAX documentary "Mysteries of Ancient Egypt", via
"The Fall of the Roman Empire", the immortal
"Doctor Zhivago", "Genghis Khan",
"Funny Girl", "Funny Lady", "Mackenna's Gold", "Mayerling",
"The Horsemen", "The
Last Valley" and "The Mountains of the Moon".
Panavision 70, Todd AO, Super
Cinerama, IMAX 15/70, he worked in them all. What other stars can match this
record? And yet he reproached himself with leading a dissolute life, in a
candid interview with the BBC. Today, on July 10th 2015, he dominates the
front page of The London Times.
A few words about his most famous rôles and we must bid him a very fond
farewell. For 70mm aficionados, "Lawrence of Arabia", regarded by
many as the greatest film ever made, was a true triumph of the art and
science of cinema. It is worth reading the
about the ultra long lens
which captured the greatest screen entrance of all time, right here
"Doctor Zhivago", was a rôle which made him the brightest star in the
film firmament, adored and idolised by millions.
maintained that he always wanted principal photography for "Zhivago"
to be in 65mm, nothing less would do.
Sadly, the bean counters won that battle.
He left this world, like his great Zhivago, after a fatal heart attack.
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