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Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor who soared to international stardom in two classics, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago”, has died. He was 83.

Sharif’s longtime agent, Steve Kenis, told The Associated Press on Friday that Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital. Sharif had been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Sharif began his career in Egyptian film in the 1950s, but soon rose to prominence in Hollywood with his roles in “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) and “Doctor Zhivago” (1965).

“Lawrence of Arabia” earned Sharif a supporting-actor Oscar nomination and international stardom.

Sharif also appeared in the films “Funny Girl,” ”Che!” and “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.”

Even at old age, he continued to be active in Western and Egyptian cinema, and his 2003 “Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran” was received with critical acclaim. (Al Jazeera)

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