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Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif


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Also Known As: Died: July 10, 2015
Born: April 10, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Egypt Profession: Cast ...


Sharif writes a syndicated column on bridge.

"When we were making 'Zhivago,' David Lean, the director, used to say, 'Omar, please take out the violins. I hear 28 violins.' And I would say, 'but I can't!' Then I would do the scene again and he would say, 'only eight violins this time.' And I would say, 'eight violins is my minimum.'" --Omar Sharif, quoted in The New York Times, April 12, 1995.

"Sometimes I wonder if I would have been happier if I had never made 'Lawrence of Arabia.' I had a beautiful house, a wonderful wife. I made all the films I wanted. My wife and I worked together often. What more could you want? I could have had a beautiful home now, four kids, seven grandchildren. Ah, my destiny was different." --Omar Sharif, quoted in The New York Times, April 12, 1995.

"I lost my self-respect and dignity, even my grandchildren were making fun of me. 'Grandpa, that was really bad. And this one? Even worse.' I decided to retire, unless something good came along. But no more rubbish."---Sharif on his string of bad films, which led him to retire EW March 19, 2004

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