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Legendary actor Omar Sharif dies aged 83

Published 10/07/2015 | 14:55

File photo from September 10, 2009: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif gestures during the photo call at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
File photo from September 10, 2009: Egyptian actor Omar Sharif gestures during the photo call at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
Omar in Lawrence of Arabia
Omar Sharif in Dr Zhivago

Legendary actor Omar Sharif has died at the age of 83.

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The Dr Zhivago star has been battling Alzheimer's disease for some time and his sons Tarek made the revelation in May.

Sharif was born in Alexandria, Egypt and became a Hollywood icon in the 1960s with starring roles in Lawrence of Arabia opposite Peter O'Toole and later opposite Barrbra Streisand in Funny Girl.

An agent for Sharif confirmed today that the actor had died, but did not explain any more details.

Omar Sharif in Dr Zhivago
Omar Sharif in Dr Zhivago

Sherif was born Michel Demitri Chalhoub in 1932 and soon left his career with the family's lumber business to pursue acting in his native Egypt in the '50s.

Omar in Lawrence of Arabia
Omar in Lawrence of Arabia

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