Omar Sharif Has Alzheimer's

'Lawrence of Arabia' star's agent confirms the news
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2015 8:52 AM CDT
Omar Sharif Has Alzheimer's
This 1965 file photo originally released by MGM shows actor Omar Sharif in "Doctor Zhivago."   (AP Photo/MGM, File)

Legendary Lawrence of Arabia actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent Steve Kenis confirms to the AP. No additional details were provided about the 83-year-old or his care. His son, Tarek Sharif, first revealed the diagnosis in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Saturday. The Egyptian-born Sharif rose to international stardom with his role in the 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia—Sharif's first English-language film. He earned an Oscar nomination for his turn as Sherif Ali in David Lean's iconic film opposite Peter O'Toole.

Sharif followed the breakthrough performance with the title role in Lean's Doctor Zhivago, co-starring Julie Christie. He then played Fanny Brice's husband, Nicky Arnstein, in Funny Girl alongside Barbra Streisand. His last completed feature film credits were in 2013. (More Alzheimer's disease stories.)

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