Omar Sharif the Egypt-born actor best known for the David Lean film "Doctor Zhivago" has died at age 83.
According to ABC news, the Oscar nominated Actor died in Cairo, Egypt on Friday afternoon (June 10, 2015) after suffering a heart attack. He was also known to be battling Alzheimer's disease.
Egypt-born international playboy, Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean's 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia."
He went on to win a Golden Globe three years later for his role in "Doctor Zhivago."
Other memorable roles came opposite Barbra Streisand in her first film "Funny Girl" and as Julie Andrews' lover in spy thriller "The Tamarind Seed."
In his prime, Sharif , with his dark eyes, debonair demeanor and exotic accent, was considered quite the jet-set playboy, his looks getting as much attention as his acting ability. “When he walked on the "Zhivago" set in Spain, I took one look and said, ‘I can’t act with that man. He’s too gorgeous!’ ” one of his “Zhivago” co-stars, Geraldine Chaplin, told The New York Times in 1965 per CNN.
His final film role came in 2013 with "Rock the Casbah", according to IMDB.
World-class Bridge player, he has been known to anticipate or postpone shootings in order to be able to attend major bridge events.
Fluent in English, Arabic, Spanish, Greek and French.
Of Lebanese/Syrian descent, but lived in Egypt all his life
Underwent triple bypass surgery in 1992, and suffered a mild heart attack in 1994. Until his bypass, Sharif smoked 100 cigarettes a day; after the operation he quit easily.
Was close friends with Peter O'Toole, who nicknamed him Freddy on the set of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), because 'no one could possibly be called Omar Sharif'.
As of 2009, he is only one of six performers who won a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture Drama without being nominated for an Oscar for that same role (his for Doctor Zhivago (1965)). The others are Spencer Tracy in The Actress (1953), Anthony Franciosa in Career (1959), Shirley MacLaine in Madame Sousatzka (1988), Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (1998) and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road (2008).
Richard Burton was honored posthumously today, March 1, 2013, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame. Burton’s star was placed next to the star of Elizabeth Taylor. The event was attended by Daughters Kate and Maria Burton as well as Guest speakers, Lord Rowe Beddoe and actor Michael Sheen. This star marks the 2,491st Star on the Walk of Fame in the Category of Motion Pictures and is located at 6336 Hollywood Boulevard.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the ones responsible for the event, announced, “We are thrilled that the late, great actor Richard Burton will be honored with his star on the Walk of Fame. We are also happy to announce that his star will be next to the star of Elizabeth Taylor,” stated Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “What makes this day even more special is that St. David, the patron saint of Wales is also celebrated on the very date of Mr. Burton’s star ceremony,” added Gubler.
The ceremony is part of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and starring Burton and Taylor in their first on-screen feature. The Academy Award®-winning film was released by 20th Century Fox in 1963 and will be available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in 2013 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Richard Walter Jenkins, better known as Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award - for My Cousin Rachel (1952), The Robe (1953), Becket (1964), The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) and Equus (1977) - six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role, without ever winning. He was a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor.
Although never trained as an actor, Burton was, at one time, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood. He remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor; the couple's turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news. Widely accepted as one of the greatest actors of his generation, he was famously married twice to two-time Oscar®-winner Elizabeth Taylor. (photo: The Hollywood Archive)
On this day February 23, 2013 - Peter Fonda, Actor, director, turns 73. He is the son of Henry Fonda, brother of Jane Fonda, and father of Bridget and Justin Fonda. Fonda is an icon of the counterculture of the 1960s.
In 1968, Fonda produced and starred in Easy Rider, the classic film for which he is best known. Easy Rider is about two long-haired bikers traveling through the southwest and southern United States in a world of intolerance and violence.
The Fonda character was the charismatic, laconic "Captain America" whose motorcycle jacket bore a large American flag across the back. Dennis Hopper played the garrulous "Billy". Jack Nicholson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his turn as George Hanson, an alcoholic civil rights lawyer who rides along. Fonda co-wrote Easy Rider with Terry Southern and Hopper, who directed.
Director Dennis Hopper filmed the cross-country road trip depicted in Easy Rider almost entirely on location. Fonda had secured funding in the neighborhood of $360,000 - (largely based on the fact he knew that was the budget Roger Corman needed to make The Wild Angels), and the film was released in 1969 to international success.
Robbie Robertson was so moved by an advance screening that he approached Fonda and tried to convince him to let him write a complete score, even though the film was nearly due for wide release. Fonda refused, using Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and Dylan's "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding" sung by the Byrds' Roger McGuinn, among many other tracks. Fonda, Hopper and Southern were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.