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Legendary Lawrence of Arabia star Omar Sharif battling Alzheimer's

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)
Sharif and O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia
Julie Christie and Omar Sharif

Legendary Lawrence of Arabia star Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's, his agent has said.

Steve Kenis gave no further details about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

The Egyptian-born Sharif rose to international stardom with his role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia - his first English-language film. He earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Lean's film opposite Peter O'Toole.

Sharif followed the breakthrough performance with the title role in Lean's Doctor Zhivago, co-starring Julie Christie. He then played Fanny Brice's husband, Nicky Arnstein, in Funny Girl alongside Barbara Streisand.

His last completed feature film credits were in 2013.

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