Omar Sharif is best known for his turns in Doctor Zhivago and Lawrence of Arabia, and while those roles kickstarted his film career in the U.S., they were only the start of things to come.
The talented Egyptian actor was a force of nature in film for more than six decades, up to his latest turn in 2013’s Rock the Casbah. And no — it’s not Bill Murray’s similarly named Rock the Kasbah. More youthful fans may remember him from Antonio Banderas’ The 13th Warrior, or the Viggo Mortenson film Hidalgo.
In 2015, Sharif was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He suffered a heart attack later that year and passed away on July 10, 2015, in Cairo, Egypt. Unfortunately, Sharif’s mental health declined quickly in his final months. His family revealed that the the 83-year-old could occasionally recall certain time periods in his life and never lost the fact he was an actor, yet he had no idea as to when any of his films were made.