Omar Sharif (born April 10, 1932), also known as Omar El-Sharif, is an Egyptian-born actor (of Syrian origins) who has starred in several Hollywood films. He graduated from Cairo's Victoria College with a math and physics major. At first he worked with his father in the lumber business. In 1953 he started his acting career. He married the Egyptian star Faten Hamama, which rocketed his popularity in the Arab World. The marriage ended in 1974.
His first English language film was Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. He also played Dr. Zhivago in the movie by the same name.
Faten Hamama (1954 - 1974) (divorced) 1 child (Tarek Sharif )
Sharif is also one of the world's best known contract bridge players. He writes a syndicated newspaper bridge column, and there is even a bridge computer game and tutorial that carries his name. Sharif is also a regular in casinos in France, where he once assaulted a casino employee after losing thousands of dollars on a single roulette bet.