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.
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
One of the greatest entrances in the history of film. Just a speck in the distance. Then this. RIP Omar Sharif pic.twitter.com/fSwUVuAPhU
— Treat Williams (@Rtreatwilliams) July 10, 2015
Very saddened by the passing of Omar Sharif. Blessed that I was able to work with such a legend. Love to the family.
— Roland Emmerich (@rolandemmerich) July 10, 2015
Sad to hear about #OmarSharif. I grew up on Lawrence and Zhivago. A legacy with not one but multiple timeless classics.
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 10, 2015
— Vincent D’Onofrio (@vincentdonofrio) July 10, 2015
— Cole Haddon (@colehaddon) July 10, 2015
One of the greats. In the greatest. The incomparable Omar Sharif pic.twitter.com/NPb2yLiAzM
— Daniel Sharman (@daniel_sharman) July 10, 2015
Omar Sharif, a Star in ‘Dr. Zhivago,’ Dies at 83 http://t.co/hjX1f8F4uV A lovely gracious man! Always loved running into him! Gorgeous man!
— Morgan Fairchild (@morgfair) July 10, 2015
RIP Omar Sharif, what extraordinary work you brought the world. X
— Eugene Michael Simon (@Eugene_Simon) July 10, 2015
— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) July 10, 2015
Lawrence of Arabia. Dr. Zhivago. Funny Girl. Top Secret! And MANY more. If you haven’t seen, see! RIP Omar Sharif.
— Adam Horowitz (@AdamHorowitzLA) July 10, 2015
There will be many somber Omar Sharif remembrances today. He also made me laugh in one of the funniest movies ever. https://t.co/rBdzzORar2
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 10, 2015
— Jaimie Alexander (@JaimieAlexander) July 10, 2015
— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) July 10, 2015
Yes, Dr Zhivago. But Nicky Arnstein, Nicky Arnstein…what a beautiful, beautiful name….Omar Sharif pic.twitter.com/mvEuYcjjZw
— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) 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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