Շտապ, մի քանի ժամ առաջ արտակարգ դեպք. Դաժան ծեծկռտուք հարսանիքին. հարսնացուն կույս չէ… սկանդալային տեսանյութը հայտնվել է համացանցում Շտապ, մի քանի ժամ առաջ արտակարգ դեպք. Դաժան ծեծկռտուք հարսանիքին. հարսնացուն կույս չէ… սկանդալային տեսանյութը հայտնվել է համացանցում Շտապ, մի քանի ժամ առաջ արտակարգ դեպք. Դաժան ծեծկռտուք հարսանիքին. հարսնացուն կույս չէ… սկանդալային տեսանյութը հայտնվել է համացանցում
Omar Sharif, whose adopted surname means «noble» or «nobleman», was born as Michel Dimitri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Melkite Catholic family, either of Syrian or Lebanese descent: he belonged to a small ethnocultural minority known as the Levantine ‘Antiochian’ Greek Catholics of Egypt (Rum Katuleek), an offshoot of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch.
His father, Joseph Chalhoub, a precious woods merchant moved to the port city of Alexandria in the early 20th century, either from Damascus in Syria or Zahle in Lebanon. Sharif was later born in Alexandria. His family moved to Cairo when he was four. His mother, Claire Saada was either from the Syrian city of Latakia or Zahle. She was a noted society hostess, and Egypt’s King Farouk was a regular visitor prior to his deposition in 1952.
In his youth, Sharif studied at Victoria College, Alexandria, where he showed a talent for languages. He later graduated from Cairo University with a degree in mathematics and physics. He worked for a while in his father’s precious wood business before beginning his acting career in Egypt. In 1955, Sharif changed his name to Omar El-Sharif and converted to Islam in order to marry fellow Egyptian actress Faten Hamama.
It is widely reported, without evidence, that Omar Sharif studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, but the academy confirmed to Al Jazeera that this is in fact not true.
Egyptian movie star
In 1954, Sharif began his acting career in Egypt with a role in The Blazing Sun. He was also in Shaytan Al-Sahra («Devil of the Desert»). In the same year he appeared in Sira` Fi al-Wadi («Struggle in the Valley»).
He quickly rose to stardom, appearing in Our Beautiful Days (1955), The Lebanese Mission (1956) (a French film), Struggle in the Pier (1956), Sleepless (1957) («La Anam]»), Land of Peace (1957), Goha (1958) (a Tunisian film that marked the debut of Claudia Cardinale), Struggle on the Nile (1958), Lady of the Palace (1960), A Beginning and an End (1960), A Rumor of Love (1960), Sayyidat al-Qasr, the Anna Karenina adaptation Nahr el hub («The River of Love») in 1961 and There is a Man in our House (1961). He and his wife co-starred in several movies as romantic leads.
Lawrence of Arabia
Sharif’s first English-language role was that of (the fictitious) Sherif Ali in David Lean’s historical epic Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Sharif was given the role when Dilip Kumar turned it down, Horst Buchholz proved unavailable and Maurice Ronet could not use the contact lenses necessary to hide his eyes.
Casting Sharif in what is now considered one of the «most demanding supporting roles in Hollywood history» was both complex and risky as he was virtually unknown at the time outside Egypt. However, as historian Steven Charles Caton notes, Lean insisted on using ethnic actors when possible to make the film authentic.:56 Sharif would later use his ambiguous ethnicity in other films: «I spoke French, Greek, Italian, Spanish and even Arabic», he said. As Sharif noted, his accent enabled him to «play the role of a foreigner without anyone knowing exactly where I came from», which he stated proved highly successful throughout his career.:56