Omar Sharif’s Death: Twitter Reactions from Celebrities to Passing of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Star

July 10, 2015

The death of Omar Sharif, the legendary star of ‘Doctor Zhivago’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ and other classic movies has brought forth numerous reactions on Twitter as Hollywood stars, celebrities and public figures offer tributes, condolences, and share their memories. Here is a roundup of what is being said of the acting legend.

Omar Sharif

The sad news broke on Friday morning, July that the 83-year-old Omar Sharif died in a Cairo, Egypt hospital of a heart attack, confirmed by his longtime agent to major media outlets including CNN. Earlier this year, his family had disclosed that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

He rose to international fame opposite Peter O’Toole in the 1962 epic biopic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ directed by David Lean. Prior to that, he had been a star in his native Egypt. Later his fame was cemented as he portrayed the title character of David Lean’s classic ‘Doctor Zhivago’ opposite and Julie Christie. One of the biggest stars of Hollywood in the 1960s he went on to star in other classic movies including ‘Funny Girl’ with Barbara Streisand.

He never won an Oscar but did win the prestigious César Award in 2004 and in the 1960s, three Golden Globe Awards. But while he may not have had a shelf-full of awards, the roles and the movies are part of cinematic history.

Others know of Omar Sharif as one of the world’s greatest bridge players and for a time he coauthored a syndicated newspaper column on bridge with Charles Goren, and also wrote several books on bridge.

As is always the case, social media has become a virtual memorial as numerous people share remembrances — Hollywood stars, music artists, celebrities, public figures and fans pay tribute to the passing of a legendary figure.

Here is a roundup of what is being said.

— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) July 10, 2015

Reactions to the death of continue to pour in, as #OmarSharif and #RIPOmarSharif continue to be trending topics on Twitter and many continue to share their thoughts, memories, appreciation for the iconic actor who is no longer among us.

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