Omar Sharif, who died on Friday of a heart attack aged 83, rose to international fame for his performance alongside Peter O’Toole in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia.
Over the span of his 60-year career, which saw him play the title role in Doctor Zhivago, Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl and Che Guevara in Che!, among many others, he was awarded three Golden Globe Awards, a César Award and was nominated for an Academy Award.
He captivated his audiences with a charm and elegance rarely matched, and his memory will live on forever through the films he left behind.
1. The annual Omar Sharif Poker Tournament in London helped raise much needed funds for the One to One children’s charity.
2. In 2005, he was awarded the inaugural Sergei Eisenstein Medal by UNESCO for his contribution to cultural diversity and a dialogue among peoples.
The medal is named after Russian director Sergei Eisenstein and only 25 were made as part of an agreement between UNESCO, Russian film company Mosfilm and the Vivat Foundation.
3. His chemistry with Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl made us all want our very own Mr Arnstein.
4. He was multilingual. He spoke Arabic, English, Greek, French, Spanish and Italian.
5. His eyes, which were more like pools of melted chocolate. Exhibit A: